The Palaszczuk government is pushing along with its inquiries, mimicking the Royal Commission with regional Townhall public meetings and international experts.
The state government is not responsible for aged care but it is connecting the dots between it and palliative care – which falls to state responsibility of doctors and hospitals – and voluntary assisted dying legislation which QLD is considering (following VIC and WA’s lead).
The enquiry experts are saying the interrelationships are ‘often not well understood’.
For instance, the impact of transfers from aged-care facilities into public hospitals as nursing homes cut back on ‘nurses’, opting to call an ambulance when in doubt about the treatment.
QLD is following WA in its review of voluntary assisted dying. The WA Ministerial Expert Panel on VAD delivered their report last month, with the draft bill expected to be ready 6 August for the Lower House debate.
Labour won the 2017 WA election, winning 41 of the 59 seats in the Legislative Assembly—a 12-seat majority. Getting the VAD legislation through will still be a battle.
(In Victoria village residents mobilised behind the legislation – expect the same in WA).
QLD upcoming hearings:
- Brisbane – Friday 23rd August
- Ipswich and Gold Coast – 9th and 10th September
Register for the hearings HERE.