Dying with Dignity WA is campaigning for legislation that fundamentally protects the freedom to choose to end suffering at the end of life within a framework that provides safeguards for doctors and the person dying.

While we have been out and about engaging with the community, media and Members of Parliament, we have also been clear about our view that palliative care remains critically important to providing a good death at the end of life.

There are 6 quick facts about palliative care that people need to be aware of in this campaign:

The End of Life Choices cross-party Parliamentary Committee’s ‘My Life, My Choice’ report, which recommends legalising voluntary assisted dying with appropriate safeguards also acknowledges and recommends more funding and resourcing for the palliative care sector across WA. Click here for more information

WA has a first-class standard of palliative care, which includes high-quality community care in metropolitan Perth provided by Silver Chain. Click here for more information

The WA Government through the Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Roger Cook, has clearly stated its support for the recommendations in the ‘My Life, My Choice’ report calling for more resourcing for the palliative care sector in WA. Click here for more information

The Government Bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying in WA is being drafted in consultation with a panel of experts appointed to provide advice to government on a safe and compassionate framework for the legislation. Over a third of the panellists are palliative care specialists. Click here for more information

A 2018 report commissioned by Palliative Care Australia found that the palliative care sector has been further advanced in overseas jurisdictions where voluntary assisted dying is legal. Click here for more information

Another 2018 report, written by Palliative Care Australia following a study tour of Canada and Oregon, found no evidence to suggest that people access voluntary assisted dying because palliative care services were inadequate. Click here for more information.   

 

What is the status of the WA assisted dying bill?