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Thu, 16 Jun


via Zoom

Why would we assist in someone's dying?

Join our free webinar on 16th June where two respected experts will discuss the current position on assisted dying in their respective countries. Click 'RSVP' to register for your place.

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Why would we assist in someone's dying?
Why would we assist in someone's dying?

Time & Location

16 Jun 2022, 12:00 – 13:00 BST

via Zoom


About the Event

This free webinar from the International Collaborative for Best Care for the Dying Person features insights from leading international practitioners in end of life care in relation to assisted dying.   


Challenges and Opportunities:  An Australian’s perspective on what Voluntary Assisted Dying has brought to palliative care

Associate Professor Mark Boughey

Victoria was the first State in Australia to legalise Voluntary Assisted Dying in 2017, and 3 years since its introduction into clinical practice.  With a domino effect around Australia, all States having passed legislation by May 2022, it has been timely to reflect on the challenges and opportunities presenting itself to palliative care and the ever increasing complexity surrounding care for a dying person.

A Belgian perspective after ‘integration’ of euthanasia in the palliative care setting

Professor Johan Wens

For 20 years now there has been a possibility in Belgium to request and perform euthanasia in a legal manner.

Although many citizens and health care professionals appear to be enthusiastic about this, there are also many comments to be made on these evolutions.  The well-established (primary) palliative care setting tries to integrate both end-of-life concepts in an overarching model.

Questions and Answers

Moderated by Professor Carl Johan Fürst

Questions can be submitted using the Chat function during the webinar. 


Associate Professor Mark Boughey

University of Melbourne, Australia

Associate Professor Mark Boughey is the Director of Palliative Medicine & Deputy Director of the Centre for Palliative Care, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Australia.  He has over thirty three years of experience in the palliative care sector, with leadership positions within Australia  and International initiatives, organizations and programs.  He continues to strive and advocate for palliative care excellence and its universal integration in health care, where people feel valued and understood, needs are recognized, and appropriately responded to.

Professor Johan Wens

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Johan Wens is general practitioner and parttime professor at the University of Antwerp, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, department of Primary and Interdisciplinary Care. He coordinates  the teaching in palliative medicine at the University and the Flemish inter-university Center for Family Medicine Training. His research interests are on the holistic approach of palliative care for (vulnerable) people and the early initiation of palliative care in a chronic disease trajectory besides grief and mourning.

Professor Carl Johan Fürst

Lund University, Sweden

Carl Johan founded the Palliative Care Institute at Lund University (Palliativt Utvecklingscentrum), the first Research and Development centre for palliative care in Sweden.


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