Statements on Assisted Dying

 In general, the Australian specialist medical colleges have been conservative in Statements about voluntary assisted dying. Two of the medical societies have clearly stated their opposition.


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Media Release 20 October 2017. “The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) has welcomed the passing of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill in the lower house of Victorian parliament this morning after comprehensive and contemporary discussion about the issue”.


 Royal Australasian College of Physicians

Statement on Voluntary Assisted Dying. “On the specific issue of a competent adult in the last stages of incurable illness requesting voluntary assistance to die, the RACP supports a clinical approach of critical neutrality to encourage reflective dialogue”.


Royal Australian College of Surgeons

"RACS does not have a position on euthanasia as an organisation. RACS requires that its members act in accordance with the law”.


Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists

Position Statemen Physician Assisted Suicide. “Nothing in this position statement should be taken as explicit or implied support of the legalisation of PAS by the RANZCP”.


Australian Medical Association

Position Statement Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide 2016

3.1 “The AMA believes that doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life”.


 Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine

Position Statement The Practice of Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

“The ANZSPM does not support the legalisation of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide…”