Participating doctors' perspectives on the regulation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria: a qualitative study

Lindy Willmott, Ben P White and Marcus Sellars
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51415
Published online: 7 March 2022

In reply: We thank Harris and Cigolini for their comments1 on our article.2 We take issue with a number of assertions made, but have the word count to comment only on their point about evidence. We agree with their statement that an evidence base is needed to support legalisation of voluntary assisted dying (VAD). Indeed, we have publicly called for law reform in this area to be evidence based.3

  • Lindy Willmott1
  • Ben P White1
  • Marcus Sellars2

  • 1 Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD
  • 2 Australian National University, Canberra, ACT



We received a small amount of funding from the Queensland University of Technology to prepare the original manuscript (to which a letter to the editor and this response relate). The funding source enabled us to employ a senior research assistant to undertake interviews.

Competing interests:

Lindy Willmott and Ben White have received grants from the Victorian and Western Australian governments to design and provide training to practitioners involved in VAD. Ben White has also received an ARC Future Fellowship that relates to the regulation of VAD.


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