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
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, 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.