What you can do
In April 2019 the South Australian Parliament established a Joint Committee on End of Life Choices. The JCEOLC will report shortly and a debate on a new VAD Bill could be anticipated soon afterwards, in late 2020.
Let your local State MP know that you support voluntary assisted dying and you want your MP to support the next Bill.
Read the SAVES submission and other submissions made by supporters of Voluntary Assisted Dying on the JCEOLC website. For example, submissions from My Body My Choice, Dr Julia Anaf, Prof Ian Maddocks AM, White and Willmott, Hon Sandra Kanck, SA Police, Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation provide valuable insights. (Note: if you have trouble downloading documents from the Parliament website using Safari, try Google Chrome.)
If you made a submission, send a copy to your local State MP.
Contact your State MP
Now is the time to be active.
Let your MP know that by the middle of 2021, 1 in 3 Australians will have the legal right to voluntary assisted dying. The states to the east and west of South Australia - Victoria and Western Australia - have legalised voluntary assisted dying (the WA VAD Act comes into operation in the first half of 2021).
Let your MP know that 9 states in the USA, as well as the District of Columbia, have now legalised VAD. This means that 1 in 5 people in the USA now have access to VAD.
Voluntary Assisted Dying will only become legal when a majority of MPs in both Houses of the South Australian Parliament vote for the legislation.
In November 2016, the Death With Dignity Bill went down by one vote: 23 MPs voted for the Bill; 23 voted against; and the Speaker used his casting vote to vote the Bill down. The vote of every MP is needed.
Find your local State Member of Parliament
Find out which State Electorate you live in - click here. (Enter your address or suburb in the search box at the top of the page).
Then find out who your local State MP is - click here. (Place your Electorate name in the 'Electorate' box.)
Contact your local MP and ask them if they support Voluntary Assisted Dying. Find contact details here.
Let your MP know that you want them to say publicly that they will support legislation which will stop the suffering of people at the end of their life.
Talk to your neighbours, your family, your friends - and get them to talk to their MP as well.
And remember the Legislative Council – the Upper House.
Legislation needs to get through both Houses of the Parliament, the Legislative Council as well as the House of Assembly. Legislative Councillors represent the whole state – so every Legislative Councillor is aiming to represent you. Contact as many of them as you can. Ask them the same questions.
Find a list of Legislative Councillors here.
All members of the Legislative Council can be contacted at
Parliament House, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000.
Telephone 8237 9100
- Ring your local State MP
- Email your local State MP
- Write to your local State MP
- Ring members of the Legislative Council
- Email members of the Legislative Council
- Write to members of the Legislative Council
Read the End of Life Choice Newsletters for ideas for your discussion with your MP.
Read the latest SAVES Bulletin.
Follow facebook age A Peaceful End to keep up to date with local events, new and activities.
Familiarise yourself with some of the latest information through the Resources and About/VAD Partners pages on this website.
Tell SAVES what your local MP thinks about Voluntary Assisted Dying
After you contact your MP, tell SAVES what happened. What was their response. What arguments did they use. What questions did they have.
Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Create a community event
Use facebook, your community networks, friends and family to create a community event supporting VAD. Let your local radio and TV station know. Take some pictures. Tell your local MP. Use flashmob. Brainstorm ideas for events with your friends and family and local community. Examples could be a morning tea, a walk, a meeting outside your local MMP's office. And let us know at SAVES what you're planning, how we could support you, and the outcome.
Tell the media what you think
Contact your local Messenger, write to the Advertiser or InDaily, ring in on talk back radio.
Letter to the Editor, The Advertiser can be emailed to email@example.com.
Letter to the Editor, InDaily can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invite a Speaker
Invite a speaker from SAVES to your next community organisation meeting. SAVES can provide speakers for community meetings, such as Rotary, Probus, U3A and your retirement village.
Contact Frances Coombe on 0421 305 684.
Other actions you can take
join one of the Advocacy Groups - there is no joining fee
- Accessible Voluntary Assisted Dying
join us on facebook
attend SAVES meetings and rallies
attend the next SAVES Public Meeting held regularly at The Box Factory, Regent St South, Adelaide. (Note: During the Covid-19 restrictions on public gatherings, 2020 public meetings have been cancelled.)
ask your library (or public venue) to host a SAVES display; it is 6 panels, 2 metres high; includes brochures
ask your community organisation to invite a SAVES speaker
ask your doctor to display SAVES brochures in their waiting rooms
let us know if you have particular skills which can be of help.