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  • Victoria’s voluntary assisted dying law allows a person in the late stages of advanced disease to take medication prescribed by a doctor that will bring about their death at a time they choose.
  • Under the law, only people who meet the certain conditions will be eligible for voluntary assisted dying.
  • The law sets out the process for asking for and accessing the medication for voluntary assisted dying.
  • A person seeking voluntary assisted dying must communicate three separate requests to their doctor (including one in writing). Two doctors must also agree the person meets the conditions for voluntary assisted dying.
  • The law has many safeguards to make sure that it is the person’s own decision and that no one is under any pressure to request voluntary assisted dying.

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Reviewed on: 08-04-2019