WA Assisted Dying Online Forum


WA Assisted Dying Online Forum

26 Mar 2022, 09:30 - 26 Mar 2022, 11:00

Assisted Dying Online Forum – Ask an Expert

For information on registrations for this event, please contact events@asmirt.org


Katrine Del Villar

Katrine is trained as a lawyer, and currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Queensland University of Technology, researching in the area of voluntary assisted dying and other legal issues arising at the end of life. In that role, she was involved in writing the mandatory training for medical practitioners and nurse practitioners participating in voluntary assisted dying in WA, and is currently involved in writing the mandatory training in Queensland.
Katrine also has a PhD in mental health law, focusing on advance decision-making. She has enduring research interests in medical law and ethics, including consent and capacity. She lectures in health law and ethics, and constitutional law. Prior to joining QUT, Katrine worked as an associate to Justice Gaudron of the High Court, as a solicitor in private practice for a national firm, and as a research officer for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library.   

Jane Morris

For decades Jane has been a staunch advocate for Assisted Dying. She completed a Nursing Degree in the late 1970’s and still remember some of the unnecessarily prolonged, horrendous deaths that I was forced to helplessly stand by and witness. As a mature age student, she completed a Master of Bioethics. In 2014, Jane’s mother was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Without the ‘legal’ option of an assisted death, her mother’s death was horrific and traumatic for all. After her mother died in 2015, Jane became involved in Victorian VAD advocacy with both Go Gentle Australia and Dying with Dignity Victoria.
In 2018, Jane was invited to become a co-editor of a newsletter, VAD-Media Watch, which is distributed to a select list of recipients throughout Australia and overseas and provides a weekly global summary of VAD news articles. In 2019, I was asked to join the DWDV Board and, in 2021, became Vice-President.

“The VAD domino effect and the Victorian experience” by Jane Morris

John Robinson

John qualified as a RN in 1999 in the UK and, apart from a year or so working on a colorectal surgical ward, has worked almost exclusively in Oncology and Palliative Care.
John migrated to Australia in 2004 and worked initially in Fremantle Hospital Oncology and Palliative Care before transitioning to Fiona Stanley Hospital as the Palliative Care CNC. John has been in his current role since June 2021, just before the VAD legislation become law in July 2021.
John has a Master of Palliative Care degree and has published in a nursing journal as well as presenting at local, national and international conferences and well as being a regular guest lecturer on Palliative Care at Notre Dame University. He has previous sat on the boards of Palliative Care WA, Palliative Care Australia and Cancer Nurse Society of Australia. John plays darts at middle-level state competitions and is a keen photographer and woodworker.

Voluntary Assisted Dying: Legislation and Experience in WA by John Robinson



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