The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services has established the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce (the Taskforce), comprising experts from a range of fields, including those from clinical, legal and consumer backgrounds. The Taskforce is undertaking a range of projects to support the successful introduction of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017.

The Legislative Council’s Legal and Social Issues Committee (the Parliamentary Committee) Inquiry into End of Life Choices provided a broad policy direction for voluntary assisted dying. The Parliamentary Committee recommended the establishment of End of Life Care Victoria to provide policy and strategic direction on all end of life care issues and provide information and education on all aspects of end of life care including palliative care, advance care planning and voluntary assisted dying.

The Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying (the Panel) provided advice to the Victorian Government about how a compassionate and safe legislative framework for voluntary assisted dying could be implemented.  The Panel made 66 recommendations which address the details of how voluntary assisted dying would work in practice.  The Panel recommended that the Implementation Taskforce undertake a gap analysis of existing entities and functions against the functions proposed for End of Life Care Victoria to identify what role a new agency could effectively play in end of life care.

Aspex Consulting have been engaged to assist the Taskforce undertake a gap analysis to review the role and functions of existing entities, and to make recommendations about the potential role of the proposed agency.

If Members would like to provide any input for a LASA submission, in particular, on the attached discussion guide, then please direct this to Marlene Eggert at MarleneE@lasa.asn.au by COB Wednesday 11 July.

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