End of Life Ireland

World Federation of Right to Die Societies International Conference 2024

Keynote Speakers & Contributors

Conference Day 1 - Friday 21 September

Stefanie Green

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Dr. Stefanie Green spent 10 years in general practice and another 12 years working exclusively in maternity and newborn care before changing her focus in 2016 to medical assistance in dying (MAiD)

Dr. Green is the Founding President of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) and co-lead of its Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project.

She is a medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health MAiD oversight committee, moderator of CAMAP’s national online community of practice, and has hosted several national conferences on the topic.

Beyond her clinical practice, she frequently speaks about MAiD to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally and recently gave a TEDx talk that is now available online.

Dr. Green is clinical faculty at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, and most recently, is the author of the internationally bestselling book THIS IS ASSISTED DYING, a memoir about her first year providing assisted dying in Canada.

Brendan O’ Shea

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Dr Brendan O’ Shea, MD FRCGP is a GP and Occupational Medicine Physician at The Bridge Medical Centre, Newbridge, Ireland, and Assistant Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin.

Academic interests include improving care for people with multimorbidity, end of life planning, health system innovation, obesity, and global health, which areas he has taught on and researched.  Graduating from Trinity College, he completed his GP Training on the TCD GP Training Scheme, and completed MD Thesis on Childhood Overweight at Trinity. He has previously been on Board of Directors at The Irish Hospice Foundation, and on Beyond Stigma. Over 3 decades in practice in Kildare, he has been involved in the training and education of Doctors, including Undergraduates, Specialty Training in General Practice, and Continuing Medical Education for Doctors. He is a member at IDsMAiD (Irish Doctors Supporting Medical Assistance in Dying), is currently on Council at The ICGP, Medical Director at K Doc, and was previously Medical Director at The Irish College of General Practitioners.

Mark Murphy

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Dr Mark Murphy lives in North Dublin works as a GP in the Inner City providing healthcare to persons experiencing homelessness.

Mark has worked in postgraduate and undergraduate education, currently as an Assistant Programme Director with the Irish College of General Practitioners.

Mark has completed a PhD – his research interest being the implementation of evidence-based guidelines in practice.

Clinically, Mark is interested in the management of mental health symptoms in practice, complex multimorbidity and in shared decision making/evidence-based medicine.

Mark has held a variety of management and representative roles with the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Irish Medical Council and the Irish Medical Organisation.

Justin McKenna

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Justin McKenna has over 40 years continuous experience as a solicitor practising in the area of end of life. 

He is a former chairperson of the Law Society  Committee on Probate Administration and Trusts and a former President of the Dublin Solicitors Bar Association. 

He is one of the founding partners of Partners at Law Solicitors, a law firm based in Dun Laoghaire.

Corrinna Moore

Trinity Research

Corrinna Moore is the Research Ethics and Integrity Officer at Trinity College Dublin. 

In September Corrina will begin her PhD in Medical Ethics on the topic of Assisted Dying under the co-supervision of Professor Barry Lyons, in the School of Medicine and Professor Andrea Mulligan, in the School of Law and is also a bio-chemistry graduate of the University of Oxford.

Following completion of her MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law at the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland under the course direction of Medical Ethicist Professor David Smith, in part fulfilment of this degree in 2021 Corrinna conducted a 6 qualitative study month research project ‘Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD): The General Practitioner’s View’, under supervision of Dr. Louise Campbell, a contributor to the 2018 and 2024 Joint Oireachtas Committee Debates on Assisted Dying.  This research is the first of its kind in Ireland, an academic paper on which is being peer-reviewed for publication in the Medical Law Review.

She lives in Dublin with her husband and has 5 children.

Manuel Gómez Moruno

Manuel Gomez

Dr Manuel Gómez Moruno is a GP in Mallow, Cork, graduated from the University of Barcelona Medical School. 

Manuel was trained in Viladecans, a diverse working-class city near Barcelona, Manuel specializes in chronic diseases and holds a keen interest in Medically Assisted Dying.

Driven by a progressive view of medicine and patient autonomy, he actively advanced discourse in this field while working in Spain, providing training and assessing patient applications with compassion.

As an advocate for healthcare policy reform, Dr Gomez is a member of the “Irish Doctors supporting Medical Assistance in Dying” group, dedicated to patient-centered end-of-life care in Ireland.

Gary Payinda

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Dr Gary Payinda is an emergency medicine specialist who campaigned for the legalisation of assisted dying in New Zealand in 2018.

In 2019 saw the law passed by a resounding majority of voters. In 2021 he began work as one of the first medical practitioners with the Assisted Dying Service of the New Zealand Ministry of Health. 

MD MA DDU FACEM FACEP

Emergency Medicine Specialist

Tanja Daws

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Dr. Tanja Daws is a family physician and MAiD Provider practising in the Comox Valley, in rural British Columbia, Canada.

Tanya graduated from The University of Pretoria in South Africa in 2000 and has worked in Canada since 2009.

She was one of the first MAiD providers in BC upon legalisation of MAiD in 2016 and is a founding member of The Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP).

She is a clinical instructor in Family Medicine at the University of British Columbia and member of the Physician Advisory Council for Dying with Dignity Canada. She chaired the working group tasked with development of the topic “Providing MAiD” for the Canadian National MAiD Curriculum and continues to teach as a faculty member.

She is experienced in teaching and developing MAiD services in rural locations, managing conscientious objection of facilities and medical colleagues, as well as developing family and friend support groups.  

Colin Brewer

Colin Brewer

Colin Brewer is a retired psychiatrist. He was a lecturer at Birmingham and director of the Westminster Hospital’s alcoholism service.

Colin is the author of O, let me not get Alzheimer’s, sweet heaven! Why many people prefer death or deliverance to living with dementia.

Active in the national and international right-to-die movement since 1978, he currently co-chairs the Clinical Advisory Group of My Death, My Decision.

In 2007, he co-produced an Edinburgh festival play about Jean Meslier (1664-1729) the secretly atheist priest of a French village, who wrote a 500-page denunciation of Christianity.

Lew Cohen

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Prof. Lew Cohen is an internationally known emeritus professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine, and a palliative medicine clinician-researcher based in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Lew is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Soros Faculty Scholar, and the recipient of Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Fellowships and a Bogliasco Foundation Writing Residency.

His most recent book, WINTER’S END: DEMENTIA AND DYING WELL (Oxford University Press, July 2024), is a detailed narrative about the decision by Dan Winter to hasten his death after receiving a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. It is layered with the voices of 100 palliative care practitioners, legal scholars, bioethicists, neurologists, and other authorities from North America and Europe.

Jessica Young

Jessica Young

Dr Jessica Young is a Cancer Society Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and senior research fellow in the School of Health at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Jessica is a sociologist specialising in health, illness, death and medicine.

Her PhD (Otago) focused on the perspectives of terminally ill people who would consider choosing assisted dying.

Her post-doctoral research is comprised of two projects, understanding patients’ palliative care and hospice decision-making; and the experiences of people using the assisted dying process, their whānau and assisted dying providers.

She leads several projects on assisted dying including the first national study ‘Exploring the early experiences of the assisted dying service in Aotearoa New Zealand’, with $1.4m funding from the New Zealand Health Research Council. Jessica established and co-chairs the Assisted Dying Research Network and was a founding member of the statutory body Support and Consultation for End of Life NZ (SCENZ) Group.

Jessica welcomes research collaborations in these areas.

Eric Mathison

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Professor Eric Mathison is an assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto Scarborough and a practicing clinical ethicist.

Eric is the author of multiple academic papers on the ethics of assisted dying, and, as a clinical ethicist, has worked on the implementation of medical assistance in dying in hospitals in Alberta and Ontario.

Eric also writes about assisted dying for his newsletter, Value Judgments. Prior to his position at the University of Toronto, Eric was a clinical ethicist for Alberta Health Services.

Before that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in clinical ethics at Baylor College of Medicine and has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Toronto.

Stephen Duckworth

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Stephen Duckworth was opposed to assisted dying before he joined Lord Faulkner’s Commission on Assisted Dying (2011-2012

Over 12 months gathering evidence from thousands of people in the UK and around the world, he changed his mind on the basis of the evidence presented.

Stephen broke his neck whilst a medical student aged 21, now 43 years later using an electric powered wheelchair, he is Board Director Network Rail; Board Director Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal; Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Professor of Bio-Engineering (University of Southampton) and Chair of the Rugby Football Union Injured Players Foundation and World Rugby Injured Players Charities.

Janie Lazar

Janie Lazar

Janie Lazar is Chair of End of Life Ireland and  is someone who knows first hand what it is to lose and regain confidence, face mortality and as moved through almost apologetically.

Now, somewhat belatedly, having fully recognised the inner need not only in herself, but in most of us to be remembered well. Rare is the individual she says ‘who really doesn’t care!

She moved to Dublin from London in 1993, initially trained as a French teacher, fell into advertising before moving to Dublin and since 1994 has been self employed. Janie regards Ireland as home and uses her accumulated skills as a strategist, celebrant  and specialist speaker coach to do purposeful work, as well as founding voluntary/advocacy endeavours like TEDx Dun Laoghaire and End of Life Ireland.

Inclusion matters to Janie and this guiding principle determines the work she takes on, to make sure she can make time to take the time for what matters most. 

Conference Day 2- Saturday 22 September

Tina McCafferty

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Tina McCafferty is CEO of Tōtara Hospice. She is of Scots Irish decent and has lived in Aotearoa New Zealand for 26 years.

Tina is an activist- advocate for social justice, including equity of access to and outcome from health care. 

She has worked in clinical, executive management and governance roles across a range of environments and has been CEO of Tōtara Hospice since 2015.

Along with her senior team she has led Tōtara to become the most socially progressive Hospice in NZ and the only Hospice to provide a fully integrated Assisted Dying Service as part of contemporary, patient centred palliative and end of life care.

Tina holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science and a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Management.

She is an internationally accredited coach and a member of the Asia-Pacific branch of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, the NZ Institute of Directors and the CEO Institute.

Jocelyn Downie

Jocelyn Downie

Jocelyn Downie is Professor Emeritus in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University.  

Jocelyn’s work on end-of-life law and policy includes: author of Dying Justice: A Case for the Decriminalizing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada; and member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on End-of-Life Decision-Making, the plaintiffs’ legal team in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, and the Canadian Council of Academies Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying.

She was named a member of the Order of Canada in part in recognition of her work advocating for high-quality, end-of-life care.

She is also a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Greg Mewett

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Dr Greg Mewett was a GP in Bendigo, Central Victoria (Australia) for 22 years during which time he developed a special interest in palliative care and was an educator & clinical advisor with the Loddon-Mallee Regional Palliative Care Team.

He left general practice in 2004 and retrained as a palliative care physician in Melbourne, completing his Fellowship in 2007. After a year as a locum consultant in the north-west of Tasmania, he commenced as a palliative care physician at Ballarat Health Services and the Grampians Regional Palliative Care Team (regional Victoria) in March 2008. After almost 15 years, he resigned from that position in early January 2023. He is currently doing intermittent palliative care specialist locum work throughout Australia.

 

Greg has developed a special interest in clinical ethics particularly as related to end-of-life care and decision-making. He was a member of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Implementation Taskforce appointed by the Victorian Minister of Health to oversee the introduction of the VAD legislation in Victoria.

He is a ‘conscientious provider’ of VAD which he incorporates into his specialist palliative care practice.  

MBBS FAChPM

Palliative Care Physician

Ballarat, Vic 3350

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Mike Gaffney

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The Hon. Mike Gaffney (MLC) was elected to the Legislative Council (Upper
House) of the Parliament of Tasmania in 2009 for a six-year term. He was re-elected in 2015 and again elected unopposed in 2021, and is the Independent Member for the Mersey Electorate.

Mike was a high school teacher for many years and in 1994, as a 34-year old, he nominated, and was elected, as a Councillor on the Latrobe Council.

He served four years as a Councillor, four years as Deputy Mayor and at the age of 42 commenced 12 years as Mayor of Latrobe whilst still teaching.

In 2006 Mike was elected as the President of Local Government of Tasmania for a two-year term and was also re-elected unopposed. In this capacity Mike was a Director of the Australian Local Government Association.

In 2020, Mike tabled and progressed the End-of-Life Choices (Voluntary
Assisted Dying) Bill, through the state Parliament.

The new 2021 Act came into operation in October 2022. It is not often that private member bills originate in the Upper House, especially one which had failed 3 times previously in the House of Assembly.

It was a remarkable journey as Mike only had one full time member of staff and the Act was 190 pages – a significant piece of legislation.

The Bill received unanimous support in the Upper House; a world first for the VAD/Euthanasia laws.

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly BL is a barrister with a particular interest in healthcare and medical law. Following publication of “The Future of Assisted Dying in Ireland” in the Medico-Legal Journal of Ireland, he was invited as an expert witness to the Joint Oireachtas Special Committee on Assisted Dying, alongside Simon Mills BL, who represented Marie Fleming. 

The committee concluded that assisted dying is permissible within the current Irish Constitution in certain circumstances.

Kevin’s legal opinion, together with his written submissions to the Committee, were incorporated in the Joint Oireachtas Report on Assisted Dying which recommended the introduction of assisted dying by way of legislative reform in Ireland.

Silvan Luley

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Silvan Luley is a team member of the Swiss non-profit membership association “DIGNITAS – To live with dignity – To die with dignity

Professor and researcher at the Psychiatry and Mental Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, UNAM.

Lines of research: Death in Medical Practice; End-of-life decisions.

Author of Euthanasia. Practice and Ethics (2005); co-author of A Good-bye in Harmony (2015); and co-author of End-of Life Medical Decisions in Patients with Alzheimer Disease (2017) [Books in Spanish].

Member of the Academy of Bioethics, the National Academy of Medicine, and the National System of Researchers, president of Freedom to Die (all in Mexico).

Thaddeus Mason Pope

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Prof. Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C, is a foremost expert on medical law and clinical ethics. He focuses on patient rights and healthcare decision making, especially at the end of life.

While Professor Pope serves in a range of consulting capacities, he has been particularly influential through extensive high-impact scholarship.

Ranked among the Top 20 most cited health law scholars in the United States and the Top 50 in the world, Pope has over 300 law, medicine, and bioethics publications.

A fellow of the Hastings Center and previously both a Fulbright Canada Research Chair in Health Law, Policy, and Ethics at the University of Ottawa, and a visiting scholar at the Brocher Foundation in Switzerland; Pope is now a Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Especially relevant to this conference, Pope has been a regular consultant to the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying, an advisor to other end-of-life advocacy organizations, a frequent testifier in legislative hearings on MAID, and an expert witness in litigation concerning assisted dying.

Jane Morris

Jane

President Dying With Dignity Victoria

As a nurse, Jane Morris witnessed the intolerable and inhumane suffering experienced by some dying individuals.

Jane has completed a Master of Bioethic

Jane says ‘My mother’s hideous death from Motor Neurone Disease spurred me on to become a staunch advocate for VAD Legislation.

Encouraged by the late Dr Rodney Syme, I joined the DWDV Board. I fervently believe that every individual should be afforded choice at the end of life. No human should have to die in horrific circumstances like my parents and former patients.  No human should be left haunted traumatised by the lasting images of a loved one suffering inhumanely. ‘