Statements on Assisted Dying


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners   

"The RACGP supports patient-centred decisions in end-of-life care, and respects that this may include palliative care and requests for voluntary assisted dying."

Position Statement 


 Royal Australasian College of Physicians

"RACP respects and supports all its members and does not believe it is appropriate or possible to enforce a single view on a matter where individual conscience is important".     

“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.” 

Position Statement                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 Royal Australasian 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

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

Position Statement     


 Australian Medical Association

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

Position Statement


 Australian and New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine

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

Position Statement


Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

ANZCA has a neutral position on voluntary assisted dying laws as it considers that this is an issue for the people and governments of Australia and New Zealand to determine.