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

Cameron J McLaren and Greg Mewett
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (4): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51419
Published online: 7 March 2022

In reply: In their letter to the Editor,1 Harris and Cigolini make several points that call for correction. We echo concerns regarding the high practitioner caseload and encourage more doctors to complete voluntary assisted dying (VAD) training. Victorian legislation has been interpreted to require one assessing doctor to be a specialist in the patient’s medical condition. Few specialists completed VAD training in the early stages, which led to concentration of cases among these doctors. We applaud these doctors for their commitment to patients’ rights.

  • Cameron J McLaren1,2
  • Greg Mewett3

  • 1 Monash University, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Monash Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 Grampians Region Palliative Care Team, Ballarat Health Services, Ballarat, VIC


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