Hos­pi­tal to of­fer kill drugs

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - KAIT­LYN OF­FER

TER­MI­NALLY ill Vic­to­ri­ans want­ing to ac­cess vol­un­tary eu­thana­sia will have to get the lethal drugs from Melbourne’s Al­fred Hos­pi­tal.

The hos­pi­tal’s phar­macy ser­vice will be the only point of ac­cess for dis­pens­ing the med­i­ca­tions, act­ing Health Min­is­ter Martin Fo­ley an­nounced yes­ter­day.

Vic­to­ria passed his­toric as­sisted dy­ing leg­is­la­tion in Novem­ber 2017, decades af­ter the Ter­ri­tory first es­tab­lished such rights for its res­i­dents be­fore the fed­eral gov­ern­ment over­ruled it.

Vic­to­ria’s scheme will now be up and run­ning by June 19. “The Al­fred is one of Vic­to­ria’s lead­ing hos­pi­tals. Hav­ing a sin­gle point of ac­cess for vol­un­tary as­sisted dy­ing is just one of the ways we’re mak­ing sure the model is the safest and most con­ser­va­tive in the world,” Mr Fo­ley said.

“We’ve made vol­un­tary as­sisted dy­ing le­gal be­cause a per­son’s qual­ity of death is part of their qual­ity of life – and ev­ery­one de­serves a dig­ni­fied choice at the end of their lives.”

Only adults with de­ci­sion­mak­ing ca­pac­ity, who are suf­fer­ing an in­cur­able, ad­vanced con­di­tion which is likely to cause death within six months, or 12 months for peo­ple with neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive con­di­tions, can ac­cess the scheme.

Peo­ple must make three clear re­quests and have two in­de­pen­dent medical as­sess­ments to de­ter­mine they are el­i­gi­ble.

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