From Oregon to Belgium to Victoria – the different ways suffering patients are allowed to die

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Australia will, from mid-2019, once again join the list of countries that have legalised a person’s right to die if he or she is suffering unbearably. This comes after Victoria became the first state in the country to legalise voluntary assisted dying in November 2017 – more than two decades after the federal parliament struck down the Northern Territory’s short-lived euthanasia act.