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Australian State Legalises Euthanasia For Terminally Ill Patients

by : Julia Banim on : 18 Jun 2019 16:02
Australian state legalises euthanasia.Australian state legalises euthanasia.Margaret Radmore/Facebook

Euthanasia is about to become legal in the Australian state of Victoria for patients with terminal illnesses.

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A year and a half after the controversial legislation was passed, Victoria will become the very first state in Australia to allow terminally ill residents to end their lives on their own terms.

From June 19 onwards, Victoria residents will be able to request access to a voluntary assisted dying scheme, a decision which has prompted strong opinions on both sides of the euthanasia debate.

A strict eligibility criteria will be implemented for patients applying to use the scheme, with the individual in question having to meet 68 criteria in total.

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According to voluntary assisted dying legislation, applicant patients must be of sound mind. They must also be believed to have less than a year to a live, or less than six months for those with neurodegenerative conditions.

According to The West Australian,an anticipated 200 people are expected to use the scheme each year, although the number will initially be lower due to new legal and consent processes.

Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Health, Assisted Dying, Australia, Euthanasia, Victoria

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Daily Mail Australia and 3 others