Supplementary Order Paper No 313

No 313

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

End of Life Choice Bill

Proposed amendment

Paulo Garcia, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 8

In clause 8(2), replace paragraph (c) (page 6, lines 14 and 15) with:

(c)

ensure that the person understands their options for the range of health services available to meet their needs, including all aspects of available palliative care; and

(ca)

procure and fully examine all the person’s medical records in order to advise the person of the range of health services available to meet their needs under paragraph (c); and

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends clause 8 of the End of Life Choice Bill. It would require that every person who has expressed their wish to be euthanised be provided greater detail about their available care options, ensuring that they are well and truly fully informed about them. It further requires the medical practitioner to exert all efforts to fully understand the extent of the care needs of the person, and ensure the information provided to the person is not only appropriate but sensitive to the person’s total health needs.