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Victorian VAD Review Board published 6th VAD report

In Victoria, the Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) Review Board published their sixth report about the VAD law that is in force since 2019. It is the first annual report – earlier reports contained only 6 months.

Numbers about the period June 2019 (when the Act commenced) until 30 June 2022: 

  • 1425 people were assessed for eligibility to access voluntary assisted dying 
  • 1035 permits were issued  
  • 604 permit holders died from taking the prescribed substance 
  • 326 trained medical practitioners are now registered in the portal to support voluntary assisted dying. 

Who is accessing voluntary assisted dying?

  • The median age of applicants was 73 years, and half of all applicants were aged 65-81 years.  
  • Just over half of the applicants were male (54 per cent male, 46 per cent female)
  • Over one third (37 per cent) of applicants lived in regional Victoria, despite only 22 per cent of the Victorian population living in regional areas
  • 81 percent of applicants were accessing palliative care at the time of requesting voluntary assisted dying 
  • 17 per cent had a non-malignant diagnosis, most commonly a neurodegenerative disease 

You can read the report below: