October 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


Mark Minarelli, Director and Natalie Thomas, Senior Associate from DW Fox Tucker Lawyers

LOCATION: Online – the link will be sent 2 days before the session


Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) is an important issue with profound legal, ethical and policy implications for the aged care sector.

This session will give an overview of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 (Act). The session will not focus on arguments for or against VAD but rather attempt to scope the role of aged care providers and the professionals who work for them so as to achieve compliance with the provisions of the Act.

After viewing the session, managers, carers, nurses, and other medical professionals will understand their roles, responsibilities, and obligations so they feel secure knowing any decisions they make will fit within a legal framework that complies with the VAD legislation and safeguards them from any liability.


Overview of the Act

  • How does it work – when does it start?
  • Who are the key players?
  • The issue of capacity and its relevance in decision making
  • The issue of consent
  • The 7 steps that have to be satisfied for compliance with the Act
  • How is compliance achieved?
  • Who is responsible for achieving compliance?

The role of the aged care provider in the ambit of the Act

  • What is that role?
  • How is that role discharged?
  • Are there risks for the provider?
  • The difference between self-administration and practitioner administration in VAD – what does that mean for the provider?


  • Who can commit an offence?
  • What are the penalties?
  • What the risks for the provider?

How to prepare

  • Is staff training required?
  • What level of knowledge of the Act will be required?

To register online, please click the Eventbrite link below or download the PDF document, and email to enquiry@acia.asn.au.