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Palliative Care and Voluntary Assisted Dying Coexisting in WA

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Mount Lawley Golf Club

1 Walter Road West

Inglewood, WA 6052

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This sector forum will provide a briefing on the implementation of VAD in WA and the healthcare responsibilities for its delivery.

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The approaching introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying will change the end-of-life landscape in Western Australia. VAD and palliative care will need to coexist in order to meet the needs of Western Australians and support them at end-of life.

In the results of our recent sector survey, almost all respondents expressed a level of concern about having their information, professional development and pastoral care needs met in time for the introduction of VAD. In response, this sector forum aims to provide a detailed update on the implementation of VAD and the healthcare responsibilities for its delivery in WA, as well the opportunity to hear about, and learn from, some experiences of the delivery of both palliative care and VAD in Victoria and Canada.

Importantly we will also provide the voice of lived experience as we hear from a family member of someone who chose to access VAD in Victoria.

A full program will be provided to registrants closer to the forum.

WA Speakers

A briefing will provide the latest information on the implementation of VAD in WA and the healthcare responsibilities for its delivery.

  • Dr Scott Blackwell – Chair of the VAD Implementation Leadership Team in WA
  • Amanda Bolleter – Project Director, End of Life Care at WA Health
  • Stephanie Dowden – Nurse Practitioner and member of the VAD Implementation Leadership Team in WA

The Lived Experience Voice

Kristin Cornell’s father was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019 and she supported him through Voluntary Assisted Dying. While their experience of palliative care was positive, they struggled for months after applying for eligibility for VAD, and were caught up in timelines, legislative obstructions and access barriers before finally Allan died via VAD in June 2020. Kristin hopes to share her experiences to help people in other states travel a much smoother and easier path.

Guest Panellists

An expert panel will share their experiences of the delivery of both palliative care and VAD in Victoria and Canada.

Professor Andrew Weickhardt

Andrew is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and Translational Researcher at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre at Austin Hospital in Victoria. His interests are in genitourinary cancers which include bladder, prostate, kidney and testicular cancers and he focuses on delivering effective treatment to patients, alongside compassionate care.

Dr Danielle Ko

Danielle is a palliative care consultant and the Clinical Ethics Lead for Austin Health in Victoria, while also working in their Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence Unit. Her area of expertise is in the intersection of medicine, law and clinical ethics as it relates to everyday clinical practice as well as at the end of life. Danielle is a member of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board that reviews and monitors VAD activities in Victoria to ensure legislative compliance.

Associate Professor Mark Boughey

Mark is Director of Palliative Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Palliative Care in Victoria. He is also Chair and Clinical Lead for Safer Care Victoria’s Palliative Care Clinical Network and sits on Clinical Council of Victoria. He is especially interested in the promotion and incorporation of palliative care principles and practices across all illness and disease trajectories.

Dr Marie-Christine Carrier

Marie-Christine is a palliative medicine physician in Canada. She is the Medical Chief of Staff for the Palliative Medicine Department as well as a member of the Spiritual Care Internship program at Montreal University Hospital. Marie-Christine is also the Secretary of the Quebec Palliative Physician’s Society.

Registration options

  • You can participate in this forum in person at the venue, or online via Zoom. Registration is only allowed for one of those options.
  • Please make sure each registration is under the participant's name. If you are registering on behalf of others please provide individual contact details. This ensures we have all the details we need on each registrant, that each person will recieve the relevant details prior to the forum, and fulfills the WA Government's COVID requirements.

Ticketing information

  • Free PCWA Individual Members ticket. If you would like to check your membership status, please contact us on 1300 551 704 or info@palliativecarewa.asn.au.
  • $35 Sector Professionals ticket. This is for those working in the sector who are not individual members of PCWA.
  • $15 Community ticket. This is for students, volunteers, those who are unwaged and members of the community.

Partners

This forum has been organised in collaboration with End of Life Care at WA Health


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Mount Lawley Golf Club

1 Walter Road West

Inglewood, WA 6052

Australia

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