Catholic Health Australia has lodged its submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s consultation into voluntary assisted dying legislation.
The document outlines the response by CHA and its members in Queensland to the Commission’s task of developing an appropriate legal framework for voluntary assisted dying.
A working group of CHA Queensland members was convened to write a submission in response to key questions posed in the Commission’s paper which outlined legal issues in the review.
The Queensland VAD taskforce is chaired by Mater’s Chief of Mission Madonna McGahan and comprises 16 CHA members.
CHA’s submission is prefaced with the re-statement that voluntary assisted dying legislation is not consistent with the ethical framework and enduring commitment to compassionate end of life care provided within Catholic health, community and aged care services.
CHA’s response makes the following points in its submission:
Catholic Health Australia CEO Pat Garcia said: “We welcome the opportunity to respond to the Commission’s call for submissions and we are grateful that we are able to communicate comprehensively why our members believe there should be no legal basis for voluntary assisted dying laws in Queensland.
“We believe that in Australia, with our high quality health system supported by a well-resourced palliative care sector, that there is no place, and indeed no need, for voluntary assisted dying.”
“Whilst we have faith in the Commissioner’s stated aims to listen to interested parties the Government has made a clear commitment to table a bill by next March – we hope that leaves enough time for everyone’s views to be taken into consideration before the Government proceeds to the next step.”