While the Royal Commission continues its important work investigating the quality and safety of our aged care system to change it for the better, there’s also another state-specific process going on – QLD’s Inquiry into aged care, end-of-life and palliative care and voluntary assisted dying (VAD).
Lead by a Queensland Parliamentary Committee, the Inquiry aims to investigate whether Queenslanders should be allowed the right to die at a time of their choosing, and to consider the future of aged care, and how the terminally ill and their loved ones are supported.
After a callout for comments from the public in February this year, the Inquiry has already received over 5,000 submissions – more than the 3,000 the Royal Commission has currently received.
The submissions so far are mostly focused on palliative care and assisted dying (rather than aged care).
Advocacy groups supporting voluntary euthanasia – like Dying with Dignity or Go Gentle Australia – have been encouraging their members to write into the Inquiry with their thoughts.
And just like the Commission, there have been public forums across the state, so if you’re in Queensland and would like to share your experiences, thoughts and ideas directly with Committee representatives, you can do so. Find out more HERE.
Will the QLD Inquiry pave the way for more just like it in other states and territories?
We wouldn’t be surprised – these are extremely tough and challenging issues, and all Australians deserve to have their say.
In fact, the Royal Commission will be tackling one of them very soon. Once of the focus points for the hearings in Perth next month will be palliative care.
The Royal Commission is also still taking submissions until the end of September if you would like to make a comment on this important issue.