/ 25 June 2021

South Oz passes assisted dying laws

South Australia yesterday became the 4th state to give eligible citizens suffering from advanced, incurable and irreversible conditions the right to choose to end their life after the legislation was passed by the state’s parliament. Like programs in Tassie, Victoria and Western Oz, there are strict criteria to meet before anyone can access the scheme. That includes a prognosis of death within 6 months from a terminal illness, or within 12 months for patients with a neurodegenerative disease. It took the state’s parliamentarians 17 attempts over 26 years to get the law through, and it will come into effect in 18 months.

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