State sanc­tion for aid on dy­ing

Townsville Bulletin - - NATION -

AS­SISTED dy­ing could be le­gal in Vic­to­ria within two years af­ter the State Gov­ern­ment promised a quick re­sponse to a re­port into the Aus­tralia- first changes. A Min­is­te­rial Ad­vi­sory Panel yes­ter­day re­vealed its rec­om­mended guide­lines, in­clud­ing that ter­mi­nally ill pa­tients must have less than a year to live to be el­i­gi­ble. The med­i­ca­tion – which is yet to be fi­nalised – would be dis­pensed in a lock­able box by a phar­ma­cist. Health Min­is­ter Jill Hen­nessy said the State Gov­ern­ment would re­ply to the re­port within weeks and have leg­is­la­tion be­fore Par­lia­ment by the end of 2017.

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