The AMA: 1996 versus now
This detailed analysis prepared by Go Gentle Australia compares the position of the AMA on VAD at the time of the reversal of the Noprthern Territory Rights of the Terminally Ill Bill with their position today. 21 years ago, the AMA described the Northern Territory law as a ‘bad law’.
As an organisation the AMA still officially rejects any thought of assisting a patient to die, and many doctors have left or declined to join because of this stance. Its position on voluntary euthanasia has been the subject of a review for the last six months, but the outcome has not been publicly revealed. The AMA today represents only 29% of Australia’s doctors.