Welcome to Dying With Dignity Queensland
Dying With Dignity Qld Inc (DWDQ) is an incorporated not-for-profit
DWDQ aims to have laws introduced in Queensland to allow adults who are experiencing grievous and irremediable suffering related to an advanced and progressive terminal, chronic or neurodegenerative condition, to legally access medical assistance to end their life should the person chooses to do so.
Although DWDQ advocates for legislation which would legalise voluntary euthanasia, the reality is that assisted dying is not yet legal and providing assistance to someone seeking to end their life is a criminal action.
Apart from Victoria, where it was recently passed into legislation (with very strict criteria), assisting someone to die is a criminal offence, the penalty for which varies from state to state.
In Queensland, section 311 of the Criminal Code Act 1899 states that any person who:
(a) procures another to kill himself or herself; or
(b) counsels another to kill himself or herself and thereby induces the other person to do so; or
(c) aids another in killing himself or herself; is guilty of a crime, and is liable to imprisonment for life.