Medical Assistance in Dying: Why is advance consent to MAID not permitted

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Medical Assistance in Dying: What is it and why is advance consent to MAID not permitted

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Medical Assistance in Dying became available in Canada in 2016. An Act to amend the MAID law was proposed by the Government in 2019 and is now being discussed at a Senate Committee before it goes back to Parliament . This session will be a short review of MAID - who is eligible, how you can request it , and the process followed until this assistance is provided. The proposed amendments to the legislation will also be reviewed.

Part of the time in the session will be devoted to a discussion of advance consent to MAID, which is not provided for in the law or in the proposed amendments. The arguments for and against inclusion of advance consent in the legislation. will be reviewed from the perspective of the speaker who has particular expertise on the law of informed consent to treatment in Canada.

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Judith Wahl, Barrister and Solicitor, Wahl Elder Law; former Executive Director and Senior Lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly (ACE).

Judith Wahl is a lawyer now working as a legal consultant as Wahl Elder Law. Judith has been a lawyer for over 40 years , first in private practice for 4 years) and then as Executive Director and Senior Lawyer at the Advocacy Centre for the Elderly a community legal clinic specializing in Elder Law issues ( 35 years) and now in her own solo practice. Judith was involved in a number of the consultations prior to the development of the Criminal Code amendments that made medical assistance in dying available in Canada. She also has been a frequent speaker on MAID and other related health law topics on the rights of patients and the duties and responsibilities of health care practitioners. Judith is also the recipient of a number of awards including the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee medal for her pioneer work in elder law in Canada and the Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service.

This integrated KTE webinar event is brought to you by brainXchange in partnership with the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA).


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