The new Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board will start work this month to prepare for the introduction of the country’s first voluntary assisted dying laws.
The Minister for Health today appointed retired judge of the Supreme and County Courts the Honourable Judge Betty King QC as Chair of the new Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board.
While the legislation does not come into effect until June 2019, the Board will spend its first 12 months establishing clear oversight and ensuring the sector is prepared, including:
- how cases will be reviewed and any issues referred
- procedures for mandatory reporting by health practitioners
- consultation with key clinical, consumer and professional groups to develop information guidelines, protocols and training.
The inaugural Board has been appointed to a six-year term to allow them to review the operation of the Act after five years.
The Board will be supported by Safer Care Victoria.