Position on Voluntary Assisted Dying
CITTAMANI HOSPICE SERVICE – POSITION ON VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING
Voluntary assisted dying has been an ongoing subject of discussion in Australia for some time. It has been passed into law in a number of states.
Voluntary assisted dying legislation was passed into law by the Queensland Parliament in September 2021 and will come into effect in January 2023.
Cittamani Hospice acknowledges that there is a broad range of opinion on this issue within the Australian community which reflects our diversity of cultures and belief systems. We recognise that some people may elect to request voluntary assisted dying at end of life.
At Cittamani our focus is on supporting clients and families to achieve their goals and wishes as best we can and will continue to provide our Service to clients and families regardless of the choices they make regarding voluntary assisted dying. However, Cittamani staff will not be involved with voluntary assisted dying.
The reasons for this are as follows:
- Voluntary assisted dying is not in accordance with the underlying Buddhist values of our organisation which include respecting the sanctity, value and dignity of all life.
- Our belief, like that of Palliative Care Australia, is that the practice of palliative care does not include voluntary assisted dying.
In our practice, we do not intend to either hasten or postpone death.
The main goals of our care are symptom relief, minimising suffering, respecting choices, and improving the client’s quality of life.