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Hot Health | The End of Life Choice Bill: Potential Implications for Healthcare Practitioners

Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan, Director of the New Zealand Law Foundation Centre for Law and Policy in Emerging Technologies, University of Otago
Dr Janine Winters, Senior Lecturer, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago
Dr Simon Walker, Lecturer, Bioethics Centre, University of Otago

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Debate around euthanasia has intensified in New Zealand, following Lecretia Seales' well-publicised application to the High Court for a ‘right to die’, and the recent Health Select Committee inquiry which received a record 21,000 submissions. Last year David Seymour’s End-of-Life Bill was drawn from the parliamentary ballot, and passed its first reading in December.

This Bill seeks to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying. In its current form, the Bill sets a number of conditions that require the involvement of healthcare professionals.

The Bioethics Centre of the University of Otago is holding a panel discussion to discuss these conditions and their possible implications.

The panel (to be confirmed) will also consider what changes, if any, might be made to the Bill before its second reading.

Postgraduate students are warmly encouraged to attend these events, as are professionals, academics and clinical researchers, and students across the Division of Health Sciences.

Complimentary refreshments and nibbles will be provided to kick off each event from 5pm.

Time will be given for responses and comment from the audience.

Questions about this event? Please contact Georgia Richardson

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Date Thursday, 5 April 2018
Time 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Divisional Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBarnett Lecture Theatre,1st Floor Dunedin Hospital

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