Ditch ‘VAD tourism’ ban, urges palliative care specialist

The VAD residency rules in Victoria and South Australia serve no purpose, says Dr Roger Hunt.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Dr Roger Hunt
Dr Roger Hunt.

Bans on patients accessing voluntary euthanasia if they have recently moved states are “irrelevant” and should be ditched, says an adviser to Victoria’s landmark legislation. 

When Victoria became the first state to legalise voluntary assisted dying (VAD) in 2017, politicians decided to limit access to patients who had lived in the state for 12 months, and exclude non-citizens who were not permanent residents.