Ministerial expert panel established on voluntary assisted dying
After a series of public consultations in 2018, a Parliamentary Joint Select
Committee recommended that a law be passed to enable voluntary assisted dying
in Western Australia.
The Minister for Health has entrusted a Ministerial expert panel, chaired by Malcolm McCusker AC QC, with the task of developing the policy position that will inform this legislation.
The panel will consult over a two-month period from now until 24 May 2019, to seek the views of members of the public and health professionals on this important question. The panel will aim to ensure that if a law is passed, it is compassionate, contains strong safeguards against it being misused, and as far as possible reflects the needs and wishes of Western Australians.
A Discussion Paper developed by the Panel to support this consultation is available for download from the Department of Health website. It includes some questions for your consideration and response.
There will be a series of consultation forums in the Perth metropolitan area, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton, Broome and Bunbury in April and May 2019. You can register for these forums here.
In addition to the public forums, there will be roundtable meetings with key stakeholders to examine specific topics related to the legislation.
If you would like further information about the public consultations, please contact the panel by emailing .