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Submission to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices

AMA Victoria is pleased to make this submission in response to the Inquiry into End of Life Choices by the Victorian Legislative Council's Standing Committee on Legal and Social Issues.

In making this submission, AMA Victoria urges the enactment of legislation to provide legal certainty to medical practitioners in connection with the accepted clinical practices of:

double effect, where the administration of treatment or other action intended to relieve symptoms may have a secondary consequence of hastening death; and
non-provision of futile care, where medical practitioners are generally not obliged to provide treatments that are considered futile.

Download the full submission here (pdf).

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