End of Life Law in Australia

White, Benjamin P., Willmott, Lindy, & Neller, Penny (2016) End of Life Law in Australia. Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

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End of Life Law in Australia provides accurate, practical and relevant information to assist you in navigating the challenging legal issues that can arise with end of life decision-making.

This website is an initiative of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. It is designed to be used by patients, families, health and legal practitioners, the media, policymakers and the broader community to access information about Australian laws relating to death, dying and decision-making at the end of life. These laws are very complex, particularly in Australia where the law differs between States and Territories, and where areas of uncertainty about the law exist. This website provides you with a broad introduction to these laws. It can also help you stay up to date with Recent Developments in the end of life area.

The End of Life Law in Australia website seeks to assist people at all stages of life whether they are dealing with an end of life situation personally, or educating themselves about the law in this area. It addresses some frequently asked questions such as:

  • Who makes medical treatment decisions for a person who is too unwell to make decisions themselves?

  • Does a doctor have to follow the instructions in an advance directive?

  • Can a dying patient or their family refuse or demand medical treatment needed to keep the patient alive?

  • Is euthanasia and assisted suicide legal in Australia?

  • Can a child with a terminal illness make their own medical treatment decisions?

  • What happens if family members disagree with a person’s decision to donate their organs when they die?

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ID Code: 96209
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
Keywords: End of life law, End of life decision-making, Witholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment, Advance care planning, Advance directives, Futility, Palliative care, Organ donation, Euthanasia, Assisted suicide
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES (220000) > APPLIED ETHICS (220100) > Medical Ethics (220106)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2016 00:01
Last Modified: 16 Jun 2016 00:01

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