Original article by Lydia Lynch
The Australian – Page: 3 : 24-Jun-21
National legislation passed in 2005 ban doctors from encouraging suicide by phone, email or videoconference, with fines of $222,000 in place. With Queensland due to pass voluntary assisted dying legislation in September, it has written to the federal government to ask that the legislation to be amended to ensure that doctors who give voluntary assisted dying advice to terminally patients over the phone or internet are not caught up by the suicide legislation. However, the federal government has declined to give such an exemption.