Voluntary assisted dying (VAD) laws now operate in many parts of Australia, but much work still remains to make the end-of-life option accessible to terminally ill people in every state and territory.
Being held as a tribute to the late Dr Rodney Syme, this webinar will reflect on the significant reforms that have been achieved in Australia because of the activism of passionate people like Dr Syme.
Guest speakers Dr Nick Carr and Penny Hackett will present on the journey of reform since the Victorian parliament legalised VAD in 2017 and on the path ahead, with final hurdles remaining in New South Wales and the territories.
Nick is a Victorian GP and honorary clinical senior lecturer in the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne. He is actively involved with providing VAD care. He is a board member of Dying with Dignity Victoria.
Penny is president of Dying With Dignity New South Wales, which is currently leading the campaign to legalise VAD in the state. A finance lawyer by background, she has devoted much of the past four years to advocating for VAD in New South Wales and other states.