College needs to grapple with VAD: psychiatrists

Guidance is needed for the specialty given expanding roles in voluntary euthanasia across jurisdictions, a group says

Psychiatrists need clear guidance on provision of competency assessments to terminally ill patients seeking to access voluntary euthanasia, clinicians and end-of-life researchers say.

The specialty’s role in supporting the psychological wellbeing of other health practitioners involved in assisted dying schemes should also be properly communicated by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP), they say.

The group said the college’s position statement on