VAD is now legally available in Western Australia
In Western Australia VAD is to become legally available on July 1, 2021. The VAD Implementation Leadership Team has released a communique which includes details of the forthcoming Implementation Conference. The Department of Health’s website has published details of additional requirements that Health Practitioners must undergo in order to become VAD providers.
The requirements for the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 (the Act) have been published on the Department’s website: Interestingly some further requirements for Practitioner Eligibility, have been added.
These include – the requirement for a Medical Practitioner to demonstrate that they have clinically practised twice the minimum hours necessary for registration and the MP must provide 2 professional referees to satisfy the CEO of their suitability.
WA VAD Implementation Conference
Health Professionals are encouraged to register for the WA VAD Implementation Conference which is to be held on May 22-23. You can register here.
Amongst the Speakers are Dr James Downar – Critical Care and Palliative Care physician, Ontario – Tanya Burr, Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner, Ontario – Dr. Greg Mewett, Palliative Care Physician, Victoria – Dr Peter Lange, Geriatrician, Victoria and Eliza Armstrong, Nurse & Groupwide VAD Coordinator, Epworth Healthcare, Victoria.