End of Life Ireland

Pre-Conference Workshop on MAiD/Assisted Dying

  • Thursday 19 September 2024
  • 18.30-21.30
  • The Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
  • Speakers: Dr Stefanie Green (Canada) & Palliative Care Clinician Dr Greg Mewett (Australia)

International experts in Ireland for the WFRtDS 2024 Conference will share their global expertise and insights in this blended learning workshop session, planned to allow time for insights and learning from the Canada and Australian experience, a patient’s journey and attendee reflections/questions through moderator Kildare GP, Dr. Brendan O’Shea.

Health Care Professionals in Ireland – especially those unable to attend the conference – will find this introductory session on Assisted Dying a useful opportunity for learning and discussion with global experts and representatives from Irish Doctors Supporting MAiD .

CPD accreditation for this as a stand-alone session from the conference has been applied for.

Registration for the WFRtDS conference is not a prerequisite for this session, however registration is required. 

Please note this is a FREE EVENT.

Workshop Program

6.00 pm > Registration for Academic Program. Tea/Coffee

6.30pm > Opening Remarks/Brief reflective overview of the final report of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Assisted Dying to legislate.

6.40pm > Interactive Workshop Dr Stefanie Green & Dr. Greg Mewett: An introduction to MAiD/Voluntary Assisted Dying, followed by Q/A

8:15pm > Break

8.45pm > Patient and Doctor Relationship –  Jule Briese, whose husband had Alzheimer’s and chose to have MAiD will share her experience

9.00 pm > 7 min brief presentations –  Dr. Stefanie Green & Dr Greg Mewett  to give insights into the Canadian & Australian Assisted Dying systems

9.25 pm > Final Plenary Session concludes session.

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This workshop has been organised by EOLI.  End of Life Choices CLG, trading as End of Life Ireland (EOLI) is a not for profit company limited by guarantee incorporated in Dublin, Ireland. (CRO #754969)  www.eoli.ie

Meet the workshop speakers

Dr Greg Mewett

Dr Greg Mewett was a GP in Eaglehawk (Bendigo) for 22 years during which time he developed a special interest in palliative care and was an educator & advisor in 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. He has been in this role for the past 11 ½ years.

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 state Minister of Health and DHHS to oversee the introduction of the VAD legislation in Victoria. He is a “conscientious provider” of VAD to eligible patients and combines this with his usual specialist palliative care practice.

Dr Stefanie Green

Dr Stefanie Green spent 10 years in general practice and another 12 years working exclusively in maternity and newborn care.

Dr Green changed her focus in 2016 and now spends the great majority of her clinical time working in assisted dying. Based in Victoria BC, Dr. Green is the Founding President of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP)

Dr Green is a co-lead for the Canadian MAiD Curriculum Project

Dr Green is medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health MAiD oversight committee and moderator of CAMAP’s national online forum.

Dr. Green enjoys speaking about MAiD to the public, to health care communities and to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. She is clinical faculty at UBC and UVic, and she is the author of the internationally bestselling book This Is Assisted Dying – a doctor’s story of empowering patients at the end of life, about her first year providing assisted dying in Canada.