Lord, make me to know my end and what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am. (NASB Psalm 39:4)

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Voluntary Assisted Dying is now legal in Queensland effective from 1st January 2023. The bill allows legal access to medically supported euthanasia providing the patient meets the following criteria:[1]

  • Has an eligible condition that is advanced and progressive, with the potential for death within the subsequent 12 months;
  • Is capable of making a decision with sound mind;
  • Is acting voluntarily and without coercion;
  • Is at least 18 years old; and
  • Is a resident of Australia and has lived in Queensland for at least twelve months.

The main purposes of this Act are to:[2]

  • give persons who are suffering and dying, and who meet eligibility criteria, the option of requesting medical assistance to end their lives; and
  • establish a lawful process for eligible persons to exercise that option; and
  • establish safeguards to—
    • ensure voluntary assisted dying is accessed only by persons who have been assessed to be eligible; and
    • protect vulnerable persons from coercion and exploitation
    • to provide legal protection for health practitioners. 

[1] Source: Para 10 of the Act

[2] Source: Para 3 of the Act