Inform yourself about the VAD law

At the final DWDWA workshop of 2021 (Workshop 7 - click here), there were presentations on four essential aspects of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 by the following speakers, all of whom were experts on the topic they covered:

  • Amanda Bolleter (Project Manager End of Life Care, WA Department of Health) provided an overview of the VAD eligibility and process requirements, and gave an update on advance health directives: the new forms that will soon be available and the dedicated register on which they can be registered;
  • Alice Herring (WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Statewide Care Navigator Service) provided an overview on the role of the care navigator service in WA;
  • Dr Clare Fellingham (Clinical Lead: Voluntary Assisted Dying, East Metro Health Service) spoke about the relationship between voluntary assisted dying and palliative care; and
  • Dr Scott Blackwell (Chair of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Board) spoke about the role and functions of the VAD Board.
Note: Recordings of the presentations were uploaded with the permission of the Department of Health but were taken down after 3 months to ensure the currency of the information provided. 


The presentations were followed by a Q&A session moderated by DWDWA President Steve Walker. The panellists included the speakers, together with Dr Richard Lugg and Dinny Laurence who provided written answers to the questions asked at the workshop and other questions sent in by members and supporters of VAD. These are in the FAQs provided in Workshop 7 (click here) and are a useful way to inform yourself about the essential aspects of the new VAD Law. Any questions that are not covered in the FAQs can be sent to DWDWA through the 'Contact Us' on this website and will be answered personally and confidentially.