‘First misuse’ of VAD drugs referred to coroner

More than 1400 Australian patients have ended their lives through VAD.
Rachel Fieldhouse
Shannon Fentiman, Queensland Minister for Health, Mental Health and Ambulance Services.

An elderly man who died in Queensland has been dubbed the first Australian to misuse voluntary assisted dying laws by self-administering drugs prescribed for someone else.

Around 1400 terminally ill patients have ended their lives through voluntary assisted dying (VAD) across Australia, including 200 Queenslanders since the state legalised VAD this year.