Medical Assistance in Dying

Why is Medical Assistance in Dying a priority topic for the RACP?

Click here to view the RACP’s work on good end of life care.

In recent years, a number of proposals to legalise medical assistance in dying have been considered by Parliaments in Australia and New Zealand. 

RACP Policy and Advocacy Council has established the Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party to develop a College position on these issues that is informed by consultation with Fellows and trainees, and that will offer a meaningful and contemporary contribution to policy debate.
The Working Party comprises physicians with a broad range of clinical and cultural expertise, and encompasses diverse ethical viewpoints.

Discussion paper 

Feedback has been sought from Fellows and trainees in response to a discussion paper on Medical Assistance in Dying (member login required) developed by the College's Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Death Working Party.

The paper engages with ethical issues and the evidence and covers terminology, historic framing of the issues, data from legalised jurisdictions, the socio-cultural context, issues raised from clinical experience, common ground principles for physicians, and practical impacts. The paper is not in itself intended to be a statement either for, or against, medical assistance in dying, rather its purpose is to help Fellows and trainees provide feedback as the RACP develops its approach.  

The consultation period on the discussion paper has now closed and feedback received in response to the consultation questions set out in Section 9 of the paper is being considered by the Working Party to develop the RACP position on medical assistance in dying.

Other consultation opportunities

In the coming months, the College is using multiple platforms to consult with Fellows and trainees on the next phase of this work. Further consultation opportunities will be advertised through College e-bulletins.

Recent submissions:

How can I contribute my expertise?

RACP Fellows and trainees need to see Represent Your Profession or email or use the online contact form.

Where can I read more?

Read published RACP policies, position statements or submissions by searching the Policy and Advocacy Library

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