Voluntary assisted dying (euthanasia and assisted dying/suicide) (VAD) is a major legal, ethical and policy issue with significant implications for health systems, multidisciplinary health care professionals and communities. In Australia, VAD is lawful in Victoria in limited circumstances, and will commence in Western Australia on 1 July 2021, and in Tasmania in due course. This seminar seeks to outline key implications of VAD for nursing practice. It will not focus on arguments for or against VAD but instead provide an overview and insights about the nurses’ role in VAD from a legal and clinical practice perspective.
Professor Peter Hudson, Director Centre for Palliative Care c/o St Vincent’s and Collaborative Centre of The University of Melbourne
Professor Lindy Willmott – Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
Susan Jury – Clinical Nurse Consultant, Statewide Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator, Victoria
Alice Herring – Clinical Nurse Consultant, Voluntary Assisted Dying Statewide Care Navigator Service, Western Australia
Andrea Janes – Nurse Consultant Coordinator South Western Regional Palliative Care Team, Victoria