The assisted dying service came into place November 2021 and an increasing number of patients are making enquiries and accessing the service since that time.
To look at issues of equity, access, patient, whānau and provider experience with as little bias and from as many perspectives as possible, an Assisted Dying Research Network was formed.
The Assisted Dying Research Network conducted a survey earlier this year to obtain stakeholder opinions on key assisted dying research areas and are now undertaking interviews to gain a more in-depth view.
The aim of the project is to engage with stakeholders to identify key areas where research is needed to understand whether assisted dying is safe, accessible, and equitable across New Zealand. The interviews also cover what is happening in different practices/organisations with regards to assisted dying.
The Network would like to speak with a broad range of health practitioners, regardless of your research experience or direct experience with assisted dying.
If you're interested in talking with them about this, please take a look at the information sheet which provides a written overview of the project, and the consent form which gives an overview of your rights as an interviewee.
They’re happy to answer any questions before you decide whether to participate.
The Network recognise this is an incredibly busy period for health professionals - the interviews take no more than one hour (via Zoom) and they are happy to work around your schedules. They'll also offer a $50 supermarket voucher for your time.
If you are willing to take part, please get in touch with their research assistant Sophie Beaumont to arrange an interview time. It would be helpful if you could also let her know which days of the week and times during the day that would work best for you.