Voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania
The Department of Health (Tasmania) is currently implementing voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania under the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Act 2021 (the Act).
- At this stage, access to voluntary assisted dying is not available.
- This is because the Act has not yet commenced operation.
- The Act is due to commence by 23 October 2022.
- The implementation period for the Act is up to 18 months. This started on 22 April 2021.
Why is there an implementation period?
This implementation period will enable us to put in place the medical and administrative arrangements necessary for the operation of voluntary assisted dying in Tasmania, including:
- establishing the Voluntary Assisted Dying Commission
- developing forms, policies, procedures, guidelines and systems required under the Act
- developing training courses
- establishing services to support voluntary assisted dying
- consulting with stakeholders in the medical profession and the community.
Where can I get help?
If reading this information on voluntary assisted dying raises distressing issues for you, please phone:
A Tasmanian Lifeline on 1800 984 434 (8:00 am to 8:00 pm, 7 days).
If you or anyone else is in immediate danger, call 000. The following crisis support services are also available at any time:
Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24-hours a day)
Beyond Blue: 1300 22 46 36 (24-hours a day)
Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (24-hours a day)
MensLine Australia: 1300 78 99 78 (24-hours a day)
Where can I get more information?
- This website will be regularly updated with further information as implementation progresses.
- To subscribe for voluntary assisted dying email updates, please send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Subscribe’ as the subject.
- If you have queries in relation to voluntary assisted dying, please email email@example.com.