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Voluntary Assisted Dying Comes Into Effect in Victoria

Palliative Care Australia has released its seven guiding principles for healthcare professionals. To ensure both appropriate care for patients and the maintenance of cooperative relationships between health and care professionals.

The list:

These guiding principles are all of equal importance and are designed to sit alongside legislation (if applicable), organisational ethical frameworks or professional codes of conduct. Underpinning these principles are the following fundamental elements of palliative care.

  1. People living with a life-limiting illness are supported
    and respected whether or not they choose to explore
    or access voluntary assisted dying.
  2. People exploring voluntary assisted dying will not be
    abandoned
  3. Respectful and professional behaviour towards
    colleagues and co-workers regardless of their views
    on voluntary assisted dying
  4. Effective communication is an important part of
    quality care
  5. Ongoing development of knowledge, skill and
    confidence is required to provide competent and safe
    care to people living with a life–limiting illness
  6. Self-care practice is a shared responsibility between
    individuals, colleagues and organisations
  7. Continue to learn from evidence and evolving
    practice to drive quality improvement in voluntary
    assisted dying

The Details:

Palliative Care Australia is the national peak body for palliative care in Australia. PCA provides leadership on palliative care policy and community engagement. Working closely with consumers, its Member Organisations and the palliative care and broader health workforce, PCA aims to improve the quality of life and death for people with a life-limiting illness, their families and carers

For further details on these guiding principles can be found at www.palliativecare.org.au

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