An Uncertain Path: Navigating voluntary assisted dying laws in Australia

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Wesley House

140 Ann St, Brisbane QLD 4000

Next to the Albert Street Uniting Church

Brisbane, Qld 4000

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Voluntary assisted dying laws raise vital questions about our approach to death and suffering as a society.

With the 2017 introduction of voluntary assisted dying laws in Victoria, and Queensland and West Australia now contemplating the same, this longstanding and contentious issue is a priority for State Governments.

Join our panel as they share their expertise in the fields of law, ethics and psychiatry to discuss some of the complexities these laws present in conversation with Radio National's Scott Stephens.

An Auslan interpreter will be present at this event.

Our Panellists

Prof Ben White

Professor Ben White, Queensland University of Technology

Professor Ben White is a leading Australian researcher in the field of end-of-life laws. He has received four Australian Research Council grants examining critical questions at the intersection of law, policy and practice at the end of life. Professor White's legal research is publicly available through the website End of Life Law in Australia, a resource which aims to provide accessible information about law at the end of life.

Daniel Fleming

Dr Dan Fleming, St Vincent’s Health Australia

Dr Dan Fleming leads ethics education, advice and strategy in his role as Group Manager, Ethics & Formation for St Vincent’s Health Australia. He chairs the Catholic Health Australia taskforce which has been set up to provide leadership across the Catholic Health and Aged Care sectors in responding to Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act. Dr Fleming researches and teaches ethics and health law.

Dr Kym Boon

Dr Kym Boon, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital

Dr Kym Boon is the Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Pain Specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. In this role she works closely with Palliative Care Services and is regularly involved in end of life issues within the quaternary hospital setting. Dr Boon lectures psychiatry registrars on voluntary assisted dying and terminal illness and is currently completing a Masters of Bioethics.



This event is proudly presented in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology.

Refreshments will be provided following the panel discussion.

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The Justice in Focus Series is a set of regular public forums that enrich public debate on topics of local and national importance. Each forum features a panel of leading thinkers representing a range of socio-legal views on the topic.

Caxton Legal Centre partners with the law schools at Griffith University, Queensland University of Technology and The University of Queensland to present the series.





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Wesley House

140 Ann St, Brisbane QLD 4000

Next to the Albert Street Uniting Church

Brisbane, Qld 4000

Australia

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