Position statement on Physician Assisted Dying

Wednesday 7 December 2016

“AMA Victoria has today released a position statement in response to the Victorian Parliament's Legal and Social Issues Committee’s recommendation to legislate physician assisted dying in Victoria,” Dr Lorraine Baker, President of AMA Victoria, said.

“It is imperative that first and foremost the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments adequately fund high-quality public and community based palliative care services. Palliative care must be freely available to all who have a terminal condition or who require management of the symptoms of chronic and incurable medical conditions.

“AMA Victoria acknowledges that there are widely disparate views on physician assisted dying and euthanasia within its membership, the medical profession as a whole, and throughout the Victorian community.

“This position statement addresses doctors’ concerns, seeks to find common ground on the issues at hand, and what AMA Victoria would like to see should the Victorian Government accept the Parliamentary Committee’s recommendation and legislate assisted dying in Victoria – in particular that stringent safeguards and criteria are in place to protect and support patients, their family members, and their treating medical practitioner,” Dr Baker said.

AMA Victoria’s position statement is attached.

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