Healthy living

Voluntary assisted dying

  • Voluntary assisted dying involves a process to access medication and to enable a person to legally choose the manner and timing of their death.
  • Put simply, voluntary assisted dying means that some adults could ask for medical help to end their life if they have a disease or illness that is so severe it is going to cause their death and they are suffering badly.
  • The term 'voluntary assisted dying' emphasises the voluntary nature of the choice of the person and their enduring capacity to make this decision

Voluntary Assisted Dying in Western Australia

In August 2019 the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2019 was introduced into the Western Australian Parliament.

On 10th December the Bill was passed and will be enacted upon Royal Assent.

Following Royal Assent there will be an 18 month implementation period led by the Department of Health.

For more information visit Department of Health website (external site)


Last reviewed: 11-12-2019
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