Voluntary Assisted Dying

At NMHS our vision is to provide excellent health care to our community and we are committed to delivering high quality patient-centred care, including at the end of life. We understand that autonomy and dignity are fundamental rights for our patients and we will support our staff to work within the legislative framework to ensure end-of-life decisions are supported with compassion and respect.

The NMHS approach will:

  • Allow patients to seek access to information relating to Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) and their eligibility.
  • Encourage and support eligible patients to plan for VAD in the community.
  • Provide a planned and collaborative approach for patients requesting access to VAD as an inpatient that is supportive of the needs of patients and all NMHS staff.
  • Provide support to patients, families and staff through the new dedicated NMHS VAD Program Manager.
  • Be supportive and respectful to all staff whether they are conscientious objectors or more actively involved in VAD processes.
Last Updated: 24/06/2021