VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING OFFERED IN NSW FROM TODAY

Tuesday, 28 November 2023

NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has announced the final step cementing Voluntary Assisted Dying into NSW has arrived today, giving people in the end stages of a terminal illness the choice to end their own life, on their own terms, with dignity.

The MP said the process of developing supportive measures with qualified health personnel was extensive and methodical, and despite the delays, this was an important day for NSW.

“This is an important and overdue step by the NSW Government in offering dignity and choice as end-of-life approaches,” Mr Marshall said.

“NSW is the last State to allow Voluntary Assisted Dying, and the passing of the legislation in May 2022 was only achieved following lengthy debate and consultation by all Members of Parliament.

“I am confident that the 18-month implementation period since approval, has allowed thoughtful and appropriate requirements to be put in place.”

In 2021, Mr Marshall spoke in favour of the bill following an extensive electorate survey, which saw 77.9 per cent of respondents in favour and 22.1 per cent against.

The MP said many of the points put forward as opposition have been considered with many safeguards in place to prevent misuse of these important laws.

“Today, NSW will allow people who are at the end stages of a terminal illness to depart this world at a time of their choosing,” Mr Marshall said.

“The term Voluntary Assisted Dying is used quite deliberately and is the preferred term in Australia, as voluntary turns the focus onto the patient’s choice, it is not something that happens to you, but something that is chosen.

“It is not compulsory and the numbers of people who choose to explore this option as an end-of-life choice, won’t be fully known immediately.

“I believe NSW is a pragmatic and progressive State, and today we have shown that by doing what is right and offering our citizens the right to choose.”

For more information about the new laws, guidelines and how they will work – visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/voluntary-assisted-dying/Pages/default.aspx

Factsheets are available in Mr Marshall’s Armidale and Moree electorate offices.

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