Suicide-related materials and voluntary assisted dying

Cameron Stewart, Ian Kerridge, Camille La Brooy, Paul Komesaroff

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    Abstract

    This column discusses the potential for conflict between the Federal laws forbidding the use of telecommunications to spread "suicide-related materials" and the laws in Victoria and Western Australia which have legalised forms of voluntary assisted dying. The column argues that the effect of the State laws is to differentiate the legal forms of voluntary assisted dying from suicide and assisted suicide, with the effect that Federal prohibitions do not apply to telecommunications between health practitioners and their patients regarding voluntary assisted dying.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)839-845
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
    Volume27
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

    Keywords

    • assisted suicide
    • informed consent
    • suicide
    • telecommunications
    • voluntary assisted dying

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