The Nationals WA Leader Mia Davies is encouraging regional people to join a webinar on Voluntary Assisted Dying being rolled out through Community Resource Centres on 21 May.
The webinar is being made available after The Nationals WA successfully lobbied the Health Minister to expand public consultation being conducted by a Ministerial Expert Panel, which originally was limited to only four locations outside Perth.
Ms Davies said thanks to The Nationals’ advocacy, direct consultation sessions were expanded to include Carnarvon, Karratha, Northam and Albany.
“There will now also be an exclusive webinar session delivered through Community Resource Centres to complement additional face-to-face consultation announced last week,” she said.
“Our team suggested the Department of Health link up with the CRC Network and use the centres videoconferencing technology to engage as many people as possible in the development of this important body of legislation.”
The live webcast will include an interactive chat function allowing participants to ask questions as it is being delivered.
The Nationals health spokesperson Martin Aldridge said CRCs were currently rolling out advertising for attendance at a local level but registration was also available online.
“People who want to register their attendance can do so now and I encourage them to participate so they gain a greater understanding of voluntary assisted dying legislation,” he said.
“If people choose to make a written submission to the Ministerial Expert Panel for consideration ahead of legislation being drafted, this is a great first step before making a contribution.”
With more than 100 CRCs across the State, Mr Aldridge said the VAD consultation’s reach would increase significantly and help ensure the development of well informed, safe and compassionate VAD reforms.
The webinar is being held on Tuesday 21 May 2019 from midday to 1.30pm. To register please visit http://www.health.streaming.net.au/.
Further information on the consultation sessions and voluntary assisted dying reforms can be found athttps://ww2.health.wa.gov.au/voluntaryassisteddying.
Written submissions will be accepted until 24 May 2019.