Medical Assistance in Dying

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

Consultation opportunities and microsite

The RACP is undertaking a program of consultation with its membership on medical assistance in dying.

The College’s Working Party on this topic hosted a consultation session at RACP Congress 2017 and its members have been attending College committee and specialty society meetings. In addition to the verbal feedback received at these meetings, the Working Party has carefully considered the 94 written submissions from Fellows, trainees, College bodies and specialty societies. 

A microsite is now available for members to register for the upcoming consultation events described below.

Deliberative forums

To continue member dialogue on this important issue, a series of deliberative forums are being held in November in Auckland, Sydney and Melbourne. These forums are open to Fellows and Trainees and will offer a chance for attendees to engage on the topic of medical assistance in dying with colleagues from varying specialties.

  • Auckland - 13 November 2017 from 6.15pm – 8.45pm
  • Sydney – 16 November 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Melbourne – 22 November 2017 from 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Click here to register your attendance. Please note places are limited for these face to face forums.

Online forum

To enable all members to engage in this important discussion, an online forum will also be launched in late November. Click here to sign up to be notified when the forum is available. 

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 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, however member feedback is encouraged via the above described deliberative and online forums.

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

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.

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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