Voluntary Assisted Dying in Tasmania

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Voluntary Assisted Dying Fact Sheet

Voluntary Assisted Dying Frequently Asked Questions

The Department of Health has commenced work on the implementation of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in Tasmania.

There is an implementation period of up to eighteen months, which started on 22 April 2021, for the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Act 2021 (the Act). This period will enable the Department to put in place the medical and administrative arrangements necessary for the safe and effective operation of voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania, and to develop forms, policies, procedures and systems required under the Act.

At this stage, the Department of Health is not able to provide access to voluntary assisted dying, as the Act has not yet commenced operation. The Act is due to commence on 23 October 2022.

This website will be regularly updated with further information as implementation progresses. If you would like to subscribe for email updates in relation to voluntary assisted dying, please send a blank email to vad@health.tas.gov.au with “Subscribe” as the subject. If you have queries in relation to voluntary assisted dying please email vad@health.tas.gov.au.

If reading this information on voluntary assisted dying has raised distressing issues for you, please contact A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 984 434 for support (available 8;00 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days). If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 000.

In addition, the following crisis support services are available 24 hours, 7 days a week:

  • Lifeline 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467
  • MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78