Supplementary Order Paper No 275

No 275

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment

Agnes Loheni, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 3

In clause 3, definition of psychiatrist, after “psychiatry” (page 4, line 2), insert “, and has done for a period of at least 5 years”

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the End of Life Choice Bill to provide a minimum level of experience for a psychiatrist (as defined) as a medical practitioner who has practised in the field of psychiatry specifically – rather than in medicine more generally – for at least the period of time specified. If the expertise of a psychiatrist is to be relied upon in relation to decision making regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide then the legislation should state clearly that such expertise of a practitioner must be in the particular field of psychiatry.