The Victorian Regional Committee offered several comments detailed in a letter to the Chair, Ministerial Advisory Panel, Professor Brian Owler. RACS suggested that once drafted an Exposure Draft of any Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation should be made available for the industry and public to review prior to its introduction into Parliament.There should be the ability to make submissions to the draft legislation with an appropriate time-frame allowed for these responses.
Given the complex nature of such a framework it is also appropriate to ensure an extended implementation date so that medical practitioners and the public have time to understand their rights and responsibilities and how the framework will operate. It is incumbent on DHHS to develop and promote appropriate materials in consultation with the industry.
Read the complete letter at the link below.