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We comprise several hospitals, health centres, a nationally accredited education provider and a world-class research institute
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The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2021 (the Act) was passed in September 2021. Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) will be available to eligible Queenslanders from 1 January 2023 and allows eligible people to access a VAD substance.
As a Catholic healthcare service, Mater adheres to the Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health Care Services in Australia and does not participate in or facilitate VAD. This means that Mater People including Visiting Medical Practitioners (VMOs) do not initiate conversations about VAD or administer a VAD substance.
Mater is committed to supporting all patients, across our state-wide network, to access high quality end-of-life care, including palliative and supportive care and advance care planning. Our services always strive to ensure those in our care die in comfort and with dignity.
View our Responding to VAD Requests - State-wide Procedure
This document applies to all Mater facilities, services, staff and stakeholders across the state. It outlines the requirements for responding to patient requests for Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) within Mater facilities and services.
This policy will ensure all Mater People respond in accordance with the VAD Act 2021 (Qld) legislation and will be read in conjunction with Responding to VAD Requests - State-wide procedure.
View the Policy here
All requests about voluntary assisted dying will be received in a compassionate and respectful manner at Mater.
Mater will not provide voluntary assisted dying at any Mater healthcare service, nor will Mater People initiate conversations about VAD.
For our patients and their families, Mater will continue to deliver compassionate care in the tradition of the Sisters of Mercy, just as we have been doing for more than century.
Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) is an additional end-of-life choice that gives eligible people who are suffering and dying, the option of asking for medical assistance to end their lives. There are strict eligibility criteria for accessing VAD.
Mater will not be participating in voluntary assisted dying (VAD).
As a Catholic healthcare service, Mater People will not participate in or facilitate the services provided for under the Voluntary Assisted Dying legislation. Mater adheres to the Code of Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia and as such does not participate in or facilitate treatments where the primary purpose is to terminate life.
Mater provides compassionate, palliative care to people with life-limiting illnesses. This care includes providing relief from pain and other physical and psychosocial symptoms of illness and frailty. We withdraw life-prolonging treatments when they are medically futile, overly burdensome or requested to end by a patient who provides informed refusal. Mater people support an informed decision process about end-of-life care. When our patients are dying, we help them to die in comfort and with dignity through palliative care.
Mater People and its services will not impede access to VAD. Should a patient come to our facility to request information or request to access VAD, Mater people will support navigation to other services in accordance with this policy, through a Tiered governance system.
Staff are encouraged to contact Assure Programs if required. Assure Programs is an external service provider that offers a free and confidential counselling service for all Mater staff and immediate family members.
Assure Programs uses experienced psychologists for challenges such as stress, family, relationship or work issues.
For more information, please visit: assureprograms.com.au