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As Victoria is on the verge of passing a historic law legalising voluntary assisted dying for terminally ill patients, SBS Malayalam inspects the various aspects of this step in this panel discussion. 

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By
Deeju Sivadas
Published on
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 16:50
File size
17.13 MB
Duration
37 min 25 sec

WHAT IS VICTORIA'S ASSISTED DYING BILL?

THE TIMELINE

* Laws have passed the lower house without amendment

* Upper House debating it

* If bill passes by the end of 2017, an 18-month implementation period means the scheme could be in place by mid-2019

WHO CAN APPLY?

* Victorian adults, with a progressive, advanced terminal illness and 12 months or less to live

* Suffering must be deemed "intolerable"

* They must be of sound mind

HOW WILL IT WORK?

* Patients must make three, clear requests

* They will be assessed by two experienced doctors, including at least one specialist

* Those approved will be granted permits for lethal medications, which must be self-administered

* A permit will be granted for doctors to administer medication only in cases where the patient physically cannot

* Doctors do not have to be present when patients administer the medication

* The process to apply and receive medication will take 10 days

* The Department of Health and Human Services will approve applications

* An assisted dying review board will oversee each step of the process

WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES?

* If someone breaches the self administration permit, they face potential life imprisonment

* Anyone who induces a person to request the scheme faces up to five years jail and substantial fines

* Doctors who suggest the assisted dying scheme to patients face a professional misconduct investigation

SOURCE: VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT