(a) assess the practices currently being utilised within the medical community to assist a person to exercise their preferences for the way they want to manage their end of life when experiencing chronic and/or terminal illnesses, including the role of palliative care;
(b) review the current framework of legislation, proposed legislation and other relevant reports and materials in other Australian States and Territories and overseas jurisdictions;
(c) consider what type of legislative change may be required, including an examination of any federal laws that may impact such legislation; and
(d) examine the role of Advanced Health Directives, Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Power of Guardianship laws and the implications for individuals covered by these instruments in any proposed legislation.
Parliament has requested that the Joint Select Committee report to both Houses by 23 August 2018.
All 685 submissions to the inquiry have now been processed and those which the Committee resolved to publish can be found below.
The Committee would like to thank everyone who made a submission to the inquiry; your contribution is appreciated. Thanks also to all with an interest in our inquiry for your patience while the submissions were being processed.
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