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VOLUNTARY ASSISTED DYING ACT 2017 (NO. 61 OF 2017) - SECT 27

Referral for specialist opinion

    (1)     If the consulting medical practitioner is unable to determine whether the person has decision-making capacity in relation to voluntary assisted dying as required by the eligibility criteria,, for example, due to a past or current mental illness of the person, the consulting medical practitioner must refer the person to a registered health practitioner who has appropriate skills and training, such as a psychiatrist in the case of mental illness.

    (2)     If the consulting medical practitioner is unable to determine whether the person's disease, illness or medical condition meets the requirements of the eligibility criteria, the consulting medical practitioner must refer the person to a specialist registered medical practitioner who has appropriate skills and training in that disease, illness or medical condition.

    (3)     If the consulting medical practitioner refers the person to—

        (a)     a registered health practitioner under subsection (1); or

        (b)     a specialist registered medical practitioner under subsection (2)—

the consulting medical practitioner may adopt the determination of the registered health practitioner or specialist registered medical practitioner (as the case requires) in relation to the matter in respect of which the person was referred.



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