Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) allows patients with terminal illnesses to apply for access medications to end their lives.
All Australian states have passed voluntary assisted dying laws; only the Northern Territory and ACT are yet to do so. Assisted dying has been available in New Zealand since 2021.
Visit your jurisdiction’s government website for information on the law and eligibility criteria in your area:
Has your patient asked you about voluntary assisted dying? Are you interested in supporting people with terminal illness to have end-of-life choice?
To become a voluntary assisted dying practitioner, you must complete mandatory online training (between 6-8 hours). There are roles for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists and doctors depending on where you’re working.
If it feels daunting, join the VADANZ community who can support you with questions or concerns.
To find out more about who can become a VAD practitioner and the training in your area, click on where you work:
Practising members can access:
Member-only content, activities and forums
10% discount on VAD Conference fees
MVADANZ post nominals
Access to CPD education (in development)
Retired and associate memberships also available.