People will be able to request assisted dying from 7 November 2021 and your practice needs to be prepared. These resources will help ensure all of your practice staff feel informed and knowledgeable on the End of Life Choice Act implementation.
The End Of Life Choice Act Pinnacle network clinical Zoom with Dr Kristin Good and Alastair Higham-Lee is an opportunity to hear from the implementation team how the act will change your practice, and where to access resources to learn more.
Providers of the service will make claims directly from the MOH via an assisted dying web portal which is in development.
It's important all staff - not only clinical staff - feel informed and knowledgeable about the EOLC Act in case they receive questions from patients. This readiness guide (PPT) has been created to help Pinnacle practices get ready for implementation, outlining key information and discussion points including options and obligations, who has oversight of assisted dying, support for health professionals and peers, how to talk to patients about assisted dying and more.
We encourage practices to have a staff wide meeting to discuss the Act and the roles and responsibilites for your practice. This readiness guide can assist with this conversation.
There are three e-learning modules about assisted dying that all health professionals are encouraged to complete. These can be accessed through LearnOnline (note registration is needed).
A specific care pathway is provided for medical practitioners not providing (PDF) assisted dying services.
In addition, there are five e-learning modules for medical and nurse practitioners who plan to provide assisted dying services. These cover the assessment process, preparations for an assisted death, assisted death and after-care, and practitioner safety and wellbeing. Practitioners can request access to these modules by emailing email@example.com. Please create a LearnOnline account before emailing, and in the email provide your name, profession, date of birth, email connected to LearnOnline account, Medical or Nursing Council number.
Providers of the service will be required to complete the five e-learning modules to claim funding under the section 88 notice.
The Ministry of Health has a number of additional resources that practices may want to use to further inform staff. These include the following.
These are also available through LearnOnline.
We will continue to update practices, and this page, as we receive new information.