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Inquiry into End of Life Choices

16 June 2016

On 9 June the Parliament of Victoria Legislative Council Legal and Social Issues Committee tabled its Final Report of its Inquiry into end of life choices following 10 months of extensive research, consultation and deliberations.

The Committee, which comprises cross-party members received more than a thousand submissions from individuals and organisations including from the VHA. 

The Committee makes 49 recommendations that focus on Victoria’s palliative care sector and advance care planning system as well the introduction of a legislated framework for assisted dying. Two committee members submitted minority reports which focussed primarily on contesting the Committee’s recommendation to legalise assisted dying.

The Victorian Government is required to formally respond to the Committee within six months. Parallel to the Parliamentary Inquiry, the state government is developing a new end of life framework, which, we understand will be released imminently.

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