The Victorian Government has brought together a team of 13 leading health and medical experts to start implementing Victoria's historic voluntary assisted dying laws.

A pair of hands holds another hand.The new Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce meets for the first time today to start preparing the community and health sector for the laws that come into force on 19 June 2019.

The taskforce will be chaired by highly esteemed lawyer and former public advocate Julian Gardner AM, who was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Panel, which helped draft the laws that passed last November.

Other taskforce members bring a wealth of experience and expertise in public healthcare, palliative care, cancer, general practice, aged care, disability, health administration, pharmacy and health and medical research.

The taskforce provides the Victorian community with assurance that implementation will be managed with expertise, experience and compassion.

Victoria is the first state in Australia to pass voluntary assisted dying laws. The laws give people with a terminal illness access to a safe and compassionate voluntary assisted dying system. With comprehensive safeguards and rigorous protections, the system is the safest and most conservative in the world.

More information

Visit health.vic's Voluntary Assisted Dying section for more information on the taskforce.