Victoria’s New VAD Law Set for Review from Expert Panel- Termed “Conservative”

Euthanasia or legalization of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) has come under the radar, both for the conservative perception underlying it and the reviewed report drafted by an expert panel appointed by the WA McGowan Government.

The VAD law has come into force, seemingly to end misery and related trauma. But it makes the process painstaking and closed. The system to access the law has 68 safeguards covering it. A committee was set up to rewrite a new proposal of the rule after much consideration. The initial critique that termed the law “conservative” is now being critiqued by many. The criteria that decided the process and approval are stringent. The eligibility thus defined is not easily arrived at. The new proposed law, by the appointed which is chaired by former governor Malcolm McCusker is being branded “too liberal”.

The new proposal is a revaluation and rewording of the existing one. The Victorian Parliament’s model defined eligibility for “an incurable condition “expected” to cause death within six months”. Whereas the proposed model has extended it to “death is reasonably foreseeable for the person within a period of 12 months”.

Victoria requires the approval of two doctors before any request can proceed along with a sign off from the health department, WA’s scheme would need the sign-off of just one — if a nurse practitioner also agrees. The WA’s scheme negates the third approval.  WA scheme would also require the person to have lived in the state for 12 months, but provision for exceptions through the State Administrative Tribunal were kept open.

The opinions on both have been equally split. However, the new proposal has already garnered supporters.