End of Life Choice Bill

Part 1 Preliminary provisions

3 Interpretation

In this Act, unless the context requires another meaning,—

assisted dying, in relation to a person, means the administration by a medical practitioner of a lethal dose of medication to a person to relieve his or her suffering by hastening death

(a)

the administration by a medical practitioner of a lethal dose of medication to the person to relieve the person’s suffering by hastening death; or

(b)

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

attending medical practitioner means a person’s medical practitioner

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

competent means having the ability described in section 4(f)

conscientious objection means an objection to doing anything authorised or required by this Act

Director-General means the Director-General of Health

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 is independent of an attending medical practitioner and the person

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 or is deemed to be so registered; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

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

person who is eligible for assisted dying has the meaning given to it in section 4

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 or is deemed to be so registered; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

psychiatrist means a medical practitioner whose scope of practice includes psychiatry

psychologist means a health practitioner who—

(a)

is, or is deemed to be, registered with the Psychologists Board continued by section 114(a) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 as a practitioner of the profession of psychology or is deemed to be so registered; and

(b)

holds a current practising certificate

registrar means the registrar (assisted dying) nominated under section 21

review committee means the committee established under section 20

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

SCENZ Group means the body established under section 19

specialist means a psychiatrist or a psychologist.