30 November 2023
Woman receiving end of life care from her GP

There are 11 steps in the voluntary assisted dying process in NSW. You can pause or stop the process at any time.

  1. You make a first request for voluntary assisted dying to a doctor
  2. A coordinating doctor completes a first assessment
  3. Another doctor does a consulting assessment
  4. You complete a written declaration
  5. You make a final request for voluntary assisted dying
  6. Your coordinating doctor completes a final review
  7. You decide how to take the medication, with support from your doctor
  8. Your doctor applies for a medication authorisation. The Voluntary Assisted Dying Board grants approval
  9. Your doctor prescribes the medication
  10. You take or are given the medication if and when you choose
  11. A death certificate is issued

The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator Service is a phone line run by NSW Health to answer questions about voluntary assisted dying.

Need this information in another language?

Visit NSW to find factsheets for people considering voluntary assisted dying in many other languages.
NSW VAD Language Resources

The Service will support everyone including patients and families.

Call 1300 802 133
Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm


Visit the NSW Health website for more information on voluntary assisted dying 

Voluntary assisted dying (nsw.gov.au)