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Euthanasia bill passes SA parliament

July 2021 After a three-decade long battle by voluntary euthanasia campaigners, SA has become the fourth state in the nation to pass legislation on voluntary assisted dying, after some amendments to the bill. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has just passed by the South Australian Parliament, after securing the support of both the Upper and Lower houses. It means patients in the state could access assisted dying as early as the end of next year. The passing of the legislation represents a landmark in a lengthy campaign for assisted dying reform, and the bill was the 17th attempt in 26 years to legalise euthanasia in SA. The state’s legislation is modelled on Victoria’s laws, which include more than 70 safeguards. Additional amendments voted in on Wednesday will allow private hospitals as well as individual medical practitioners to conscientiously object if they refer patients to a place where they can access the scheme. Other amendments made sure that residents in aged care and retirement villages could access the scheme in their own homes or units. “These amendments are sensible and in fact consistent with the lengthy and very high- quality debate we had in this chamber a couple of weeks ago,” Deputy Opposition Leader Susan Close said in Parliament. “They reflect the intention of people in acknowledging that when someone is living in their own home, be that run by an organisation such as an aged care facility, and in this amendment’s case a retirement village, that that person has the right to have access to lawfully-available interventions and medical advice.” Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Vickie Chapman also supported that amendment. Eligible participants must be over 18, have lived in SA for at least a year and be deemed compliant by two doctors.
Greek Tribune Adelaide, South Australia
© 2021 Greek Community Tribune All Rights Reserved

Euthanasia bill passes SA parliament

July 2021 After a three-decade long battle by voluntary euthanasia campaigners, SA has become the fourth state in the nation to pass legislation on voluntary assisted dying, after some amendments to the bill. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill has just passed by the South Australian Parliament, after securing the support of both the Upper and Lower houses. It means patients in the state could access assisted dying as early as the end of next year. The passing of the legislation represents a landmark in a lengthy campaign for assisted dying reform, and the bill was the 17th attempt in 26 years to legalise euthanasia in SA. The state’s legislation is modelled on Victoria’s laws, which include more than 70 safeguards. Additional amendments voted in on Wednesday will allow private hospitals as well as individual medical practitioners to conscientiously object if they refer patients to a place where they can access the scheme. Other amendments made sure that residents in aged care and retirement villages could access the scheme in their own homes or units. “These amendments are sensible and in fact consistent with the lengthy and very high-quality debate we had in this chamber a couple of weeks ago,” Deputy Opposition Leader Susan Close said in Parliament. “They reflect the intention of people in acknowledging that when someone is living in their own home, be that run by an organisation such as an aged care facility, and in this amendment’s case a retirement village, that that person has the right to have access to lawfully-available interventions and medical advice.” Deputy Premier and Attorney-General Vickie Chapman also supported that amendment. Eligible participants must be over 18, have lived in SA for at least a year and be deemed compliant by two doctors.
Greek Tribune
Adelaide, South Australia