End of Life Choice Act 2019

  • latest version but not yet in force
  • Corrections have been made to section 35(b) on 21 July 2020 under section 25(1)(j)(iii) of the Legislation Act 2012.
17 Opinion reached that person is eligible for assisted dying

(1)

This section applies if—

(a)

the following situation exists:

(i)

the attending medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 13(2)(a); and

(ii)

the independent medical practitioner reaches the opinion described in section 14(3)(c)(i); or

(b)

the following situation exists:

(i)

a psychiatrist is asked for their opinion under section 15(2)(b); and

(ii)

the psychiatrist reaches the opinion described in section 15(3)(c)(i).

(2)

The attending medical practitioner must—

(a)

advise the person requesting the option of receiving assisted dying that the person is a person who is eligible for assisted dying; and

(b)

discuss with the person the progress of the person’s terminal illness; and

(c)

discuss with the person the likely timing for the administration of the medication; and

(d)

give the person an approved form for the person to complete by choosing the date and time for the administration of the medication; and

(e)

advise the person that at any time after completing the approved form referred to in paragraph (d) the person may decide—

(i)

not to receive the medication; or

(ii)

to receive the medication at a time on a later date that is not more than 6 months after the date initially chosen for the administration of the medication.

(3)

The attending medical practitioner must—

(a)

complete an approved form recording the actions taken to comply with subsection (2); and

(b)

send the completed form to the Registrar.