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Western Australia

Legal situation

In short

Western Australia is the second state after Victoria with a Voluntary Assisted Dying law. The Bill cleared its final hurdle in Western Australian parliament on Tuesday 10 December 2019. On Thursday 1 July 2021 the law has entered into force. End June 2021, reports suggested that only a handful of medical practitioners in Western Australia have taken up the training required to help terminally ill people end their lives. 

Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019

The law legalizes voluntary assisted dying for the terminally ill.  

One of the important differences between Western Australia’s law and Victoria’s (which was passed two years ago) is that doctors and nurses can raise the option of voluntary assisted dying with patients during a medical consultation. This ensures people with terminal illnesses are aware of all their options, including treatments, palliative care and assisted dying.

Right to Die Societies in Western Australia

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