Voluntary Assisted Dying: Andrews Government must guarantee equitable access to all end-of-life options

Catholic Health Australia (CHA) has urged the Andrews Government to release its financial modelling to demonstrate how the government will resource both end-of-life care and education to ensure all Victorians have equitable access to options other than voluntary assisted suicide (VAS) should VAS be made legal in Victoria this year.

“We’re deeply concerned that the Andrews Government is pushing ahead with its voluntary assisted suicide laws when existing end-of-life services such as palliative care are so severely under-resourced in Victoria,” said CHA’s CEO, Suzanne Greenwood.

“There are so few adequately resourced palliative care services available to those who live outside of metropolitan Melbourne. Victorians need to know how the government will ensure every Victorian resident, regardless of their means or location, will have equitable access to other end-of-life care services if the government’s assisted dying legislation passes through Parliament.”


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