Voluntary assisted dying
Voluntary assisted dying is about choice. It will provide an additional end-of-life option to people who are suffering and dying, if they meet strict eligibility criteria.
Voluntary assisted dying is available to eligible Queenslanders from January 1, 2023 after the Queensland Parliament passed the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 in September 2021.
It is one of several choices a person who is suffering an dying may now consider when thinking about their end-of-life care options.
Voluntary assisted dying is not emergency healthcare. People may take weeks or months to work their way through the process and make the final decision.
Find out more about voluntary assisted dying here.
Thinking about end-of-life care options may be upsetting or confronting for some people. People who can support you include:
- your doctor and healthcare team
- your family, friends and carers
- Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Support Service (QVAD-Support)
- Queensland Voluntary Assisted Dying Pharmacy Service (QVAD-Pharmacy)
- 1300 MH CALL: Mental Health Access Line call 1300 64 22 55 (24/7)
- other support services
Phone: (07) 4433 1362
You can contact the Townsville Hospital and Health Service VAD Service Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm (excluding public holidays).
QVAD-Access supports access to voluntary assisted dying for people living in regional, rural, and remote Queensland.
For more information about this program or advice and support about voluntary assisted dying, you can contact QVAD-Support Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 4pm (excluding public holidays).
Phone: 1800 431 371 (available from 1 January 2023)