A person must ask their doctor. Only the patient themselves can ask. A doctor can refuse to participate.
Eligibility check. The doctor must check their patient meets all of the eligibility criteria. They must be a: —Permanent Victorian resident. —18 years or older. —Of sound mind and suffering from a terminal illness. —Expected to die within 12 months.
Second request. The doctor must check if their patient still stands by their decision. At this point the patient will need to file a formal written request. The request must be signed by the patient in front of their doctor and in the presence of two witnesses who are not related to the individual.
Final request. A person will need to make a final verbal request to their doctor. The gap between a patient’s first and final request cannot be shorter than 10 days. The patient can change their mind at any time.
Prescription. The doctor, if satisfied all requirements have been met, will prescribe the medication. A special permit will need to be granted for the request. An independent government body will oversee all requests. The pharmacist will check all permits relating to the request. If a patient requires assistance from their doctor an additional permit will be required.
Administration. The patient can choose when to take the medication. A doctor can only assist the patient to take the medication with a witness present. The medication must be kept in a locked cabinet when not in use. The patient is never required to use the medication once they have it in their possession. Any unused medication must be returned to the pharmacist upon the patient’s death.