Voluntary assisted dying laws raise vital questions about our approach to death and suffering as a society.
With the 2017 introduction of voluntary assisted dying laws in Victoria, and Queensland and West Australia now contemplating the same, this longstanding and contentious issue is a priority for State Governments.
Join our panel as they share their expertise in the fields of law, ethics and psychiatry to discuss some of the complexities these laws present in conversation with Radio National's Scott Stephens.
Professor Ben White, Queensland University of Technology
Professor Ben White is a leading Australian researcher in the field of end-of-life laws, examining critical questions at the intersection of law, policy and practice. Professor White's legal research is publicly available through the website End of Life Law in Australia, a resource which aims to provide accessible information about the law at the end of life.
Dr Dan Fleming, St Vincent’s Health Australia
Dr Dan Fleming leads ethics education, advice and strategy in his role as Group Manager, Ethics & Formation for St Vincent’s Health Australia. He chairs the Catholic Health Australia taskforce which has been set up to provide leadership across the Catholic Health and Aged Care sectors in responding to Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Act. Dr Fleming researches and teaches ethics and health law.
Dr Kym Boon, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Dr Kym Boon is the Director of Consultation Liaison Psychiatry and Pain Specialist at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. In this role she works closely with Palliative Care Services and is regularly involved in end of life issues within the quaternary hospital setting. Dr Boon lectures psychiatry registrars on voluntary assisted dying and terminal illness and is currently completing a Masters of Bioethics.