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Medical Assistance in Dying [MAiD]: A Community Simulation

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Blanchard Room, Comfort Inn and Conference Centre

3020 Blanchard Street

Victoria, BC

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Thank you for your interest in joining us on May 10, 2018 for our facilitation of Medical Assistance in Dying [MAiD]: A Community Simulation.

This intimate performance is an enactment or simulation of a medial assisted death. It is being shared in an intentional way to convey information, increase understanding and stimulate dialogue. Our goal is to portray an accurate snap shot of the current state of MAiD on Vancouver Island. As such, to be assured that we stay on mark, our cast has been invited to consult their notes.

Given the import of this topic, in advance of your participation, we would like to share the following thoughts for your consideration:
• This presentation is focused on MAiD which we view as compatible with a fulsome palliative care approach (not an either / or).
• We do not privilege any means of death as superior.
• For some the language of death and dying is uncomfortable, please be mindful
• Independent of individual or organizational beliefs and values about death and dying, the current Canadian medicolegal context allows for MAiD.
• We believe that what is acceptable for one, is not necessarily acceptable for another; this is the nature of choice and autonomy.
• While there may be those who have disagreement with portions of the current laws, or have a fundamental disagreement with the legislation, at this event we will consider MAiD as an enactment of choice and expression of free will. This event is not a debate.

It is also important to note that the performers [not the audience] will be filmed with the intention of creating a series of free, open source learning modules. Every effort will be made to respect and assure peoples confidentiality. No personally identifiable information will be captured, however, we may collect information from narratives that may be identifiable by those who are familiar with the situation.

After the simulation, you are invited to participate in a voluntary debriefing which will be facilitated by trained healthcare educators and confidentially captured by scribes. Occurring in small groups, these conversations will include time for both self-reflection and an opportunity to learn with, from, and about others experiences. We will then reconvene to share a summary of the conversations. The graphic below illustrates our debriefing strategy.

Debriefing Strategy

We invite you to approach this evening’s event from a place of respect, genuine curiosity, non-judgment, shared fallibility and positive mutual regard.

Please also note that to gather impressions of this evening we have provided a voluntary confidential evaluation and feedback form. We recognize that people’s minds often continue to reflect, so we have also provided an addressed stamped envelope which we hope you will use on or around May 17, 2018 to provide us with your later considerations.

After the event, should you feel distressed at all, we invite you to access your usual support system and or resources provided by the Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888 or through Island Health’s Employee & Family Assistance Program at 1-800-663-1142.

It is our hope that this event will shine light on the current state of MAiD on Vancouver Island. For more information, contact the members of your healthcare team and or consult the website www.viha.ca/maid.

We thank you again for your interest in joining us for our facilitation of Medical Assistance in Dying [MAiD]; A Community Simulation, and we look forward to seeing you at the event.

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