End of Life Choice Act 2019

  • Corrections have been made to section 35(b) on 21 July 2020 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
4 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,—

approved form means a form approved and issued under section 40

assisted dying, in relation to a person, means—

(a)

the administration by an attending medical practitioner or an attending nurse practitioner of medication to the person to relieve the person’s suffering by hastening death; or

(b)

the self-administration by the person of medication to relieve their suffering by hastening death

attending medical practitioner, in relation to a person, means the person’s medical practitioner

attending nurse practitioner means a nurse practitioner who is acting under the instruction of an attending medical practitioner (or replacement medical practitioner)

authority has the meaning given to it by section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights means the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights prescribed by regulations made under section 74(1) of the Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994

competent to make an informed decision about assisted dying has the meaning given to it in section 6

conscientious objection means an objection on the ground of conscience

Director-General means the Director-General of Health

eligible person has the meaning given to it in section 5

health practitioner has the meaning given to it by section 5(1) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003

independent medical practitioner means a medical practitioner who,—

(a)

in relation to a person who has requested to exercise the option of receiving assisted dying, is independent of the person and of the person’s attending medical practitioner (and any replacement medical practitioner); and

(b)

has held, for at least the previous 5 years, a practising certificate, or the equivalent certification from an overseas authority responsible for the registration or licensing of medical practitioners

medical practitioner means a health practitioner who—

(a)

is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Medical Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of medicine; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

medication, in relation to assisted dying, means a lethal dose of the medication

Minister means the Minister of the Crown who is responsible for the administration of this Act—

(a)

under the authority of a warrant; or

(b)

under the authority of the Prime Minister

Ministry means the Ministry of Health

nurse practitioner means a health practitioner who—

(a)

is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Nursing Council of New Zealand continued by section 114(1)(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of nursing and whose scope of practice permits the performance of nurse practitioner functions; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

person who is eligible for assisted dying has the meaning given to it in section 5

pharmacist means a health practitioner who—

(a)

is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Pharmacy Council established by section 114(5) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of pharmacy; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

psychiatrist means a medical practitioner whose scope of practice includes psychiatry

Registrar means the Registrar (assisted dying) nominated under section 27

Review Committee means the committee appointed under section 26

SCENZ means Support and Consultation for End of Life in New Zealand

SCENZ Group means the body established under section 25.