Catholic Health Australia will today lodge its submission to the Queensland Law Reform Commission’s consultation paper into voluntary assisted dying legislation.
A working group of CHA Queensland members has been convened to write a submission in response to the QLRC’s consultation around VAD laws.
This follows a commitment made by the Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk during the recent state election campaign to introduce a bill into the Queensland parliament early next year.
The Queensland VAD taskforce is chaired by Mater’s Chief of Mission Madonna McGahan and comprises 16 CHA members and is coordinated by CHA Manager of Mission Services Adj Prof Anthony Gooley.
Meanwhile in Tasmania the private members End of Life Choices (Voluntary Assisted Dying) Bill 2020 will be subjected to an independent review by the University of Tasmania before coming back to the Parliament in early 2020.
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.