In the first four months of operation, 24 formal first requests from individuals to access
voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania were made. Of those requests, 11 progressed to the
point where medical practitioners were given authorisation to access the VAD substance for
For several reasons, not all individuals who make a formal first request, or whose medical
practitioner is given authorisation to access the VAD substance, proceed to the final stage of
the VAD process. The Commission is aware of at least five people who have died through
the VAD process since the Act’s commencement.