A guide to the latest bid to legalise assisted dying

Legislation to allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients is expected to go before this NSW parliament this year.

The draft Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2017 calls for patients to be able to ask a doctor to help them end their life.

If passed, the law would apply to those over 25 who are expected to die within 12 months and are experiencing “extreme pain, suffering or physical incapacity”.

Doctors would prescribe or prepare an authorised injectable substance for the patient.

The Bill suggests the drugs could be self-administered by the patient.

Alternatively, if the