Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) now legal in NSW

Content warning: extensive mention of suicide, in relation to end-of-life care for the terminally ill.


Today, 28th November, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act is ratified into NSW legislation. As euthanasia is a healthcare matter, this falls to state and territorial governments’ jurisprudence. New South Wales is the final state to pass this Act into state law, allowing terminally ill people to legally end their life on their own terms. The bill was passed last May in Parliament, and includes the establishment of an implementation committee to oversee its application and provide expert guidance. Ms. Ruthie Jeanneret , PhD candidate at Queensland University of Technology and Senior Research Assistant at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, spoke with Jono to explain more about this monumental assent, preexisting barriers, and accessibility to support.


Support lines:

Lifeline – 13 11 14

Beyond Blue – 1300 22 46 36

Griefline (national hotline) – 1300 845 745

Grief Australia (bereavement support): 1800 642 066

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