Northeast Health Wangaratta will facilitate assisted dying under Victoria's new law, but Albury Wodonga Health will not offer it to patients, citing the complexity of being a cross-border organisation as the reason.
Legislation that came into affect on Wednesday, means terminally ill Victorians can now chose how they die if they meet the criteria and two doctors have assessed they will likely die within six months.
However, under the law, health services and medical practitioners do not have to participate in the process and are under no obligation to refer patients on.
In a statement Albury Wodonga Health, which is a part of the Victorian health system, said they would not adopt voluntary assistant dying as an option for patients.
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"The complexities of a cross border organisation have led Albury Wodonga Health to make the decision that until there is clarity around the operation of the legislation the organisation will monitor the implementation of the legislation in the metropolitan health services over the next 12 months prior to making any further decisions around [voluntary assisted dying]."
Specific training is required for practitioners or organisations to take part in the assisted dying process.
Northeast Health Wangaratta chief executive Margaret Bennett said the organisation "has put in place all the medical and administrative requirements needed to meet its obligations under the Voluntary Assisted Dying laws."
She said patients should in the first instance speak to their GP or specialist about their circumstances but "we respect and support the choices of patients in relation to these laws."
Beechworth Health Service, Benalla Health Service and Gateway Health were all contacted for comment.
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