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Aust group: euthanasia not palliative care


Australia's peak palliative care body has changed its stance on euthanasia after legalisation in Victoria's and changes in progress across the country.

It's the first time since 2016 Palliative Care Australia has given fresh eyes to the practice of voluntary-assisted dying, in which it states it "neither advocates for, nor argues against" its legalisation.

"A decision about whether or not to legalise voluntary assisted dying is one for parliaments. PCA neither advocates for, nor argues against, the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying," chair Jane Fischer says in a statement on Thursday.

Dr Fischer's statement comes in the wake of euthanasia's legalisation in Victoria in June and debate in Western Australia's parliament.

"The updated position statement makes it clear that voluntary assisted dying is not part of palliative care practice, however the palliative care workforce needs to be supported," she said.

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