Voluntary Assisted Dying in South Australia

The State Government is committed to supporting the introduction of a safe, accessible voluntary assisted dying scheme that gives South Australians with a terminal illness more choice at the end of life and ensures the integrity of the safeguards embedded in the legislation.

Voluntary assisted dying means administering a medication for the purpose of causing death in accordance with the steps and process set out in the legislation.

Voluntary assisted dying must be voluntary and initiated by the person themselves and is usually self-administered. Only those who are already dying from an incurable, advanced and progressive disease, illness or medical condition are able to access voluntary assisted dying.

Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation

On 24 June 2021, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2020 was passed by the South Australian Parliament.

Regulations to support the safe implementation of the legislation will now be developed.

Voluntary Assisted Dying implementation

SA Health has commenced the development of the implementation plan, which is likely to span 18 to 24 months.

More information on the implementation of voluntary assisted dying will soon be released.

Help and support

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