BALLARAT - Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria – Will you be ready? - Wednesday 27 February

The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) will take effect in Victoria from June 19th 2019.  Patients in Victoria with advanced, progressive incurable illness, who meet strict criteria, will be eligible to request Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD).
Regardless of one’s personal views about VAD, it will be a legally available option for some patients near the end of life.  General practitioners will almost certainly have patients asking about this option and so will need to have in place an effective way of responding to such enquiries.
This education session will present the major features of the legislation and its likely implications for GPs in their day to day work.

Topics:
• Provide information on the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) that will take effect in Victoria from June 19th 2019. 
• Discuss criteria for patients in Victoria with advanced, progressive incurable illness
• Discuss the major features of the legislation

Learning Outcomes:
• Describe the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act (2017) that will take effect in Victoria from June 19th 2019. 
• Explain the criteria for patients in Victoria with advanced, progressive incurable illness
• Discuss the major features of the legislation

Speaker:
Dr Greg Mewett, 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.  
Greg 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 10 ½ years.
Greg has developed a special interest in clinical ethics particularly as related to end-of-life care and decision-making.

Open to:
• General Practitioners
• GP Registrars
• Practice Nurses
• Nurse Practitioners
• Practice Managers
• Practice Staff
• All Allied Health Professionals
• Psychologists
• Social Workers
• All Specialists

RACGP Category Two points

Register here
RSVP: 19 February
For further information contact Tamara Sproull or phone 03 5331 6303

Event Properties

Event Date 6:00 pm, 27/02/2019
Event End Date 7:30 pm, 27/02/2019
Location
Western Victoria Primary Health Network - Ballarat
101 Drummond St N, Lake Wendouree VIC 3350, Australia
Western Victoria Primary Health Network - Ballarat