The first online training module providing an overview of the Act and assisted dying is now available for health professionals.
The End of Life Choice Act 2019: Overview module will help health professionals develop a working knowledge of their roles and responsibilities under the Act, including conscientious objection.
Health professionals may be asked about assisted dying and may choose to be involved in different ways. They can also choose not to be involved. This 20-minute module covers:
To access the End of Live Choice Act 2019 overview learning module, log in to LearnOnline (using your existing account, or create a new account).
For more information about this module see this Ministry of Health learner information.
Alongside the learning module, three information sheets are available on the Ministry of Health website.
These materials will be kept updated as part of implementation.
The first in a series of End of Life Choice Act 2019 implementation webinars for health professionals will be hosted on 2 June, 7-8pm.
Dr Kristin Good, Chief Clinical Advisor at the Ministry of Health and experienced GP, will be joined by two medical practitioners to discuss their international experiences of assisted dying services.
Dr Cam McLaren is a medical oncologist in Melbourne, Victoria, and has been providing voluntary assisted dying assessments since it was introduced in 2019. He is the Clinical Moderator of the Victorian Community of Practice, and is conducting a PhD into the effect of VAD on patient reported outcomes and the grief and bereavement experience of close contacts of VAD patients.
Dr Kynan Bazley is a New Zealand GP who recently returned from living in rural British Columbia, Canada, where he was a medical assessor, provider and coordinator in the medical assistance in dying service.
Please register to attend the Assisted dying implementation – learning from international experience webinar.
This webinar is for health professionals only. It may be of particular interest to health practitioners, including medical and nurse practitioners, who may be involved in providing assisted dying services in New Zealand.