At least six terminally ill South Australians have ended their lives since euthanasia legislation was enacted in the state on January 31. Source: The Advertiser.
In the first six weeks since the legislation came into effect, 32 people have made a first request to commence the voluntary assisted dying process, with 11 permits being issued by SA Health.
For many reasons, not all people who make a formal first request or who receive a permit proceed to the final stage of the VAD process, however SA Health is aware of at least six South Australians who have died after being administered or self-administering a voluntary assisted dying substance in accordance with the Act.
SA Health, in a statement, said the Act is operating as intended, with all safeguards in place working effectively. Under the Act, a person with a terminal illness may access voluntary assisted dying in South Australia if they meet all eligibility criteria.
Forty-four medical practitioners have now completed the mandatory voluntary assisted dying training, and a further 54 have registered but not yet completed the training.
At least six South Australians end life under new assisted dying laws (By Nathan Davies, The Advertiser)