Voluntary Assisted Dying

What is voluntary assisted dying?

Voluntary assisted dying legislation will permit Victorians in the terminal stage of an incurable illness to have access to a voluntary assisted death.  This legislation marks a significant shift in medical practice in Victoria.

Voluntary assisted dying guidance for health practitioners

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 (the Act) will commence operation in Victoria on 19 June 2019.  The Act will allow medical practitioners to prescribe patients a medication to cause their death if the person meets strict eligibility criteria and has completed the request and assessment process. 

In preparation for the commencement of the Act, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce and the Department of Health and Human Services have created a range of resources to support health practitioners and the community. 

Guidance for health practitioners

A comprehensive Guidance for health practitionersdocument is now available.  The document provides information and advice for health practitioners about each stage of the voluntary assisted dying process and their role.  

Please click here to access guidance for health practitioners:


If a doctor needs support in relation to the emotional impact of Voluntary Assisted Dying, contact AMA Victoria Peer Support or the Victorian Doctors’ Health Program

The role of AMA Victoria’s Peer Support and VDHP is to support the doctor rather than to provide expert advice about voluntary assisted dying.  

To access AMA Victoria’s Peer Support, please call 1300 553 338, available every day of the year between 8am and 10pm.

To access support from VDHP, please call (03) 9280 8712, available 24 hours a day seven days a week.

AMA Victoria will continue to support all members and listen to your views. Contact us during business hours on (03) 9280 8722 or amavic@amavic.com.au

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