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Navigating the complexities of voluntary assisted dying in palliative care

Eswaran Waran and Leeroy William
Med J Aust 2020; 213 (5): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.50729
Published online: 24 August 2020

Voluntary assisted dying is not part of palliative care

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (Vic)1 came into effect in Victoria on 19 June 2019. We present the case of an inpatient death under the voluntary assisted dying Act in our health service and describe a short case history followed by a discussion examining two relevant topics related to voluntary assisted dying and palliative care: conscientious objection and the complexity of palliative care involvement.

  • Eswaran Waran1,2
  • Leeroy William1,2,3

  • 1 Eastern Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC


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