Federal Court rules VAD telehealth consults ‘an incitement to suicide’

Dr Nick Carr said it was 'hugely disappointing' for doctors.
Dr Nick Carr
Dr Nick Carr.

A GP who took the Federal Attorney-General to court to secure legal protections for voluntary assisted dying telehealth consultations has lost his case.

Dr Nick Carr had sought a legal declaration that a 2005 amendment to the Criminal Code Act outlawing “using a carriage service to counsel suicide”, punishable by up to $200,000 in fines, did not apply to voluntary assisted dying (VAD).