Latest developments on assisted dying: ICEL conference, Halifax 2017

So the last few days has been interesting for me. As GoGently Australia launched their latest campaign to advocate for assisted dying legislation, I’ve been removed from the public response in Australia, while attending the ICEL conference in Halifax. It’s been a great chance to hear about recent developments in Canada, and reflect on the data and some of the ‘lived experiences’ of practitioners, family members and patients, which has emerged through recent research.

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“Where will my plan go?”

“And I want one at the hospital, one here at the nursing home and one with the GP.” P and I have just been talking about the breathing difficulties that led to him being hospitalized last week. Continue reading

Getting the numbers: Clinical trials in palliative care

Clinical medicine is informed by a number of traditions: important among these are the learnings drawn from randomized clinical trials. We may surmise that a new treatment will be effective, but the patient is the teacher, and there is an ethical imperative to carefully monitor the effects of a given treatment.  But what of trials among terminally ill patients, receiving palliative care? Continue reading

Calling GP’s working in Australia – what is your clinical practice around advance care planning?

Researchers from UWA are currently conducting research on factors influencing advance care planning, we would like to invite you to participate in a short online survey.

The survey should take approximately 20 minutes to complete, and your responses will be anonymous.  If you are interested in participating, please follow the link below to read the Information Sheet, before responding to the survey items on this website.

Many thanks for your time and thoughtful responses!

Posted by Craig Sinclair @craigbsinclair

A call for engagement: The International Conference of the End of Life 2014

The ICEL conference for Law, Ethics, Policy and practice was hosted by Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane last week and was a notable event in a number of ways.  There was a stellar cast of plenary and concurrent speakers including such international experts as Prof Jocelyn Downie (@jgdownie), Prof Sheila McLean, and Dr Dale Gardiner and Dr Peter Saul and Prof Michael Ashby from Australia (check twitter for #2014ICEL for a complete run-down of the topics and issues over the two days, or if you would rather just look at the pictures).  ICEL brought a multi-disciplinary focus to issues surrounding the end of life, and was not afraid to ask the big questions including the appropriateness of euthanasia, and who should be determining futility. 

ICEL images

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