AMA 'anguished' at passing of euthanasia laws
Victoria is on the brink of becoming the only Australian state in which voluntary assisted dying is legal.
The state's upper house on Wednesday approved a new euthanasia law, with 22 of 40 MPs voting in favour after a 28-hour debate.
Amendments must now be approved by the lower house but are not expected to be opposed.
These include halving the time frame from 12 months to live to six months to live.
There will be exemptions for patients with conditions such as motor neurone disease and MS, who will still have a year.