End of Life Choices Law to be discussed at Fiona Stanley forum

End of Life Choices Law to be discussed at Fiona Stanley forum

CONCERNED residents are urged to attend the Voluntary Assisted Dying Forum next Monday at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the forum would cover the End of Life Choices Law, which is set to be debated in WA Parliament later this year.

The forum is being held by the Ministerial Expert Panel, which is advising the State Government on Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation to be introduced later this year.

Mr Whitby said End of Life Choice legislation would be one of the most significant and emotional laws ever considered by the WA Parliament.

“We need to ensure all views, opinions and concerns are heard and discussed in a calm and measured way that is respectful to all,” he said.

“I strongly advise anyone with an interest in this issue to come along and have your say.

“These important forums are being held throughout the metro area
and across regional WA.”

The Fiona Stanley forum will provide an opportunity for residents in the southern metro area to have their say.

“The issue of voluntary assisted dying (VAD) can be a very emotional issue,” Mr Whitby said.

“This is about whether as individuals we have the right to determine the manner and timing of our end of life if we ever face intolerable suffering from a terminal condition.

“As a member of the Parliamentary committee that recommended VAD legislation, I know there are many strongly held views.

“The important thing is to have a mature and respectful discussion based on facts.

“I personally support the right of individuals to have the freedom to make a choice but I want to make sure all views are considered.

“I will be there to ensure I am aware of the views of my local community so I am well informed when I come to vote on this issue in Parliament later this year.”

Local residents can also attend a forum in Mandurah on May 13.

Both forums require registration.

If you have any queries about the consultation please contact the Ministerial Expert Panel at vadconsultations@health.wa.gov.au or 9222 6859.

South Metro Forum:

WHAT: Voluntary Assisted Dying Forum

WHERE: Fiona Stanley Hospital, 11 Robin Warren Dr, Murdoch WA

WHEN: April 29, 10am – 1pm (weblink available)

Peel Forum Mandurah

WHAT: – Voluntary Assisted Dying Forum

WHERE: The Sebel

WHEN: May 13, 4.30-7.30pm

Registration is required for all sessions – please register via the website:

www.health.wa.gov.au/voluntaryassisteddying