A public forum to explore end-of-life issues will be held in Maroochydore on the 15th of May on 1st Floor, Horton Park Golf Club, Maroochydore at 2pm.
The forum aims to inform participants about the services which are available to our ageing population as their health fades, and about the legal authority they have to control what happens to them.
President of the Sunshine Coast Branch of Dying with Dignity Queensland, Alastair Henderson, announced that the forum would have 4 speakers who are experts in their field.
The speakers are:
• Associate Professor Dr Rohan Vora, Oncologist from Palliative Care Queensland
• Dr Louise Welch from Palliative Care Queensland, Sunshine Coast
• Marshall Perron, former Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and architect of the world first voluntary euthanasia legislation, The NT Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1996
• Solicitor, Byron Cannon from Ferguson, Cannon Lawyers, Maroochydore, who will address legal matters surrounding end of life issues.
Mr Henderson said there was understandably a high level of interest in end-of-life issues amongst coast residents. “People are living longer and dying more slowly than ever before. Today they want to know the options they have as they approach their final years.”
The Sunshine Coast Branch of Dying with Dignity is affiliated with the national organization YourLastRight.com. That organization strives for legislation to give suffering adults an option of control over the time of their death.
End of Life Forum
2pm on the 15 May 2011
1st Floor, Horton Park Golf Club
Further enquiries please phone: Alastair or June Henderson 07 54373627
Our highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers are:-
Assoc. Prof. Rohan Vora, Research Fellow (RDP, 2005), University of Queensland - Discipline of General Practice. From a background of rural general practice he is currently on the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners National Standing Committee in Quality Care and holds the portfolios in Aged & Palliative Care on this committee. He has a passionate interest in deriving clinically useful, patient focused outcomes, especially related to Aged & Palliative Care and quality of life for patients.
Dr Louise Welch is currently the Director of Palliative Care Service Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Dr Welch has worked with a special interest in palliative care from the early 1980s, receiving specialised training in the 1990s. She has been actively involved in the development of a District and regional palliative care services. She is currently president of Palliative Care Queensland.
Marshall Perron was Chief Minister of the Northern Territory from 1988 to 1995 and spearheaded the world's first voluntary euthanasia legislation. The Northern Territory, in 1996, was the first jurisdiction in the world to lawfully allow for voluntary euthanasia.
Four terminally ill people took their lives under the law before the capacity of the Northern Territory and the ACT to legislate on the issue was overturned by a private member's bill introduced into federal parliament by then Howard government backbencher Kevin Andrews.
Mr Perron has worked as a euthanasia campaigner in his retirement from politics.
Byron Cannon is a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and is a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia. He is a Director of Operation Smile Australia Limited which is a not for profit charity organisation that provides cranio-facial surgery to children in third world countries along with educating surgeons from third world countries.
Byron represents clients in a large range of legal matters including property and commercial, personal injuries, general litigation, business services and wills and estates.
1st Floor, Horton Park Golf Club, Maroochydore
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