End of Life Ireland

Our advisors

Cameron McLaren MD.

Dr Cameron McLaren is a Medical Oncologist from Melbourne, Victoria. He has been providing assisted dying assessments since the introduction of the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act. He strongly believes in patient-centred care and sees supporting patients’ applications to assisted dying as intrinsic to this. He is a Clinical Moderator of the Voluntary Assisted Dying Community of Practice; a resource for Victorian doctors to discuss their experiences, and a Board member of Dying with Dignity, Victoria. He is also undertaking a PhD in the effect of Voluntary Assisted Dying on patient-reported quality of life and the grief and bereavement experience of close contacts of assisted dying patients

David R. Grube MD.

David practiced Family Medicine in a small rural town in Oregon (USA) for 35 years, retiring in 2012. In 1999 a first patient asked him for medical aid in dying, and over the ensuing years he responded to patient’s requests approximately 30 times, both as Prescribing and Consulting Physician. In his role as National Medical Director for Compassion & Choices he lectures and mentor’s physicians, hospices, and medical staff about end-of-life options, and he has testified in the legislatures of numerous States.

Nick Carr MD.

Nick is a GP working in St Kilda, Victoria and honorary clinical senior lecturer in the Department of General Practice at The University of Melbourne. He did his medical training at Cambridge University and in London before moving to Melbourne in 1988. Nick is also a writer and broadcaster. He has written for many sources, including Crikey.com.au, and published a book for first time fathers. He appears regularly on radio and television. Nick is a Board member of Dying with Dignity Victoria, and has been actively involved with providing Voluntary Assisted Dying care since the Act commenced in June 2019.

Ayke Smook MD.

Ayke, a retired Dutch oncologist and surgeon, gave End of Life Ireland (EOLI) considerable time when we first set up.  After a lifetime’s commitment to educating others, sharing his experience of Assisted Dying, he sadly died on March 6th 2023.  Curing  patients he said is an obligation, recognising though when treatment becomes futile, the next step is care, then terminal care and only if requested, Medical Aid in Dying (MAiD). In 1993 he was one of the founders of Right to Die Europe (RtDE) as a branch of WFRtDS.  After euthanasia law was enacted in Holland, Ayke founded SCEN (Support and Consultation Euthanasia in the Netherlands) to help and ensure due care criteria as listed in the law is taken by those appointed to assist the patient who has chosen an assisted death.  His experience spanned over 20 years, with 220 consultations. Each he said, was a very emotional experience and the decision made by a patient was to be respected.

Stephen Duckworth OBE.

Stephen is Founder and Chief Executive of Disability Matters Global – a world class company promoting diversity and equality. Stephen is a Non-Executive Director of the Palace of Westminster Restoration & Renewal Delivery Authority. He is also a Trustee at Leonard Cheshire, RFU Injured Players Foundation and Global Disability Innovation Hub. Stephen has held a variety of roles during his career, including Non-Executive Director of Route2Mobility in 2003 and Adviser to the Minister for Welfare Reform and Minister for Disabled People in 2005. From 2012 to 2018 he was Chief Executive, Personal Independence Payments at Capita plc. In 2012 he was Account Director responsible for Serco’s relationship with the Cabinet Office, Number 10 and Treasury. From 2015 to 2017 he was Chair, Rehabilitation International World Conference.