Mandurah residents have their say at Dying with Dignity forum

Almost 100 people attended the Dying with Dignity forum held in Mandurah on Monday afternoon at the Sebel hotel.

Presentations were made by the expert panel, including chairman Malcolm McCusker, deputy chairman Dr Simon Towler and panel member Samantha Jenkinson.

The West Australian government is currently in the process of drafting potential legislation to introduce voluntary assisted dying laws in the state, with feedback sought from the community.

Local politicians David Templeman, Robyn Clarke and Zak Kirkup were in attendance and participated along with those present in discussing aspects of the proposed legislation.

"This was an excellent forum, which allowed those in attendance to provide direct input into the issues associated with delivering Dying with Dignity legislation," Mr Templeman said.

"It was wonderful to have the expert panel in attendance and for them to hear firsthand from local people about their thoughts on what our legislation should contain.

"Clearly, the overwhelming majority in attendance were strongly supportive of Dying with Dignity legislation being introduced."

Once legislation is drafted, it will be down to elected members of parliament to vote on whether to accept or reject it.

The Mandurah Mail asked Mr Templeman, Ms Clarke and Mr Kirkup for their individual views on the issue last year.

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Anyone that wants to make a submission to the consultation process can do so online by following this link.