Euthanasia gagging clause 'threatens' doctor-patient relationship

Victorian doctors face AHPRA sanctions if they initiate a conversation on assisted dying

A gagging order preventing doctors from initiating discussions on euthanasia with patients has been branded an “unwarranted infringement” on doctor-patient communication.  

The clause is part of the Victorian voluntary assisted dying laws that came into effect last June.

Its inclusion in section 8 (see box below) aims to prevent healthcare practitioners from unduly influencing or coercing vulnerable patients.

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