Topic: "The End of Life Choice Act 2019"

Remote

Cross-Cultural Interest Group: ZOOM Webinar - 19th October 2021 (Tuesday)

Abstract:
Assisted dying will be legal in New Zealand from 7th November 2021. People who experience unbearable suffering from a terminal illness can ask for medical assistance to end their lives legally. The Ministry of Health is responsible for implementing the "End of Life Choice Act" (Ministry of Health, 2021).

We are privileged to have two specialist old age consultant psychiatrists to share their insights and views about the "End of Life Choice Act 2019".

Dr Gary Cheung is a member of the Ministry of Health's Support and Consultation for End of Life in New Zealand group (SCENZ). SCENZ is responsible for maintaining and providing a list of medical practitioners and psychiatrists as part of the assisted dying service and supporting the development of the standards of care for medicines as part of the implementation of the Act.

Dr Jane Casey is a member and immediate past Bi-national Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the International Psychogeriatric Association Capacity Shared Interest Forum. She has considerable experience in expert opinion reports in cases relating to mental capacity. She has published and presented on mental capacity and related topics in various medical and legal forums.

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See below for more information about the Event MC and SPEAKERS.

Registration is open until 18th October 2021.

Note:
a) Power-point slides and webinar recordings will be available three weeks post the event.
b) A certificate of attendance will be issued within 2 weeks after the event.

Date

Tuesday 19th October, 2021

Time

Presentation starts 6.30pm-8.00pm

Online

Available as Zoom Webinar

Speakers

Jim Xu

Jim Xu

Event MC, CCIG Advisory Group Member
CCIG Advisory Group Member; Nurse Practitioner, Community Mental Health Services for Older People, Auckland District Health Board

Jim is a Nurse Practitioner currently working at ADHB community mental health service for older people. Jim immigrated to New Zealand from China in 2002. He studied nursing at The University of Auckland and obtained both Bachelor and Master degrees in Nursing. Jim worked at Fraser McDonald Unit previously which is an inpatient mental health service for older people. Jim advocates patient centred care and evidence based practice; he focuses on the improvement of quality care for older people with mental health illness. Due to his own cultural background, Jim has a good understanding about cultural differences and cultural safety. Jim has a strong interest in promoting cultural safety for Asian people with mental illness.

Dr Gary Cheung

Dr Gary Cheung

Co-presenter and Event MC
Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland & Old Age Psychiatrist, Auckland DHB

Dr Gary Cheung is a specialist old age psychiatrist working at the University of Auckland and Auckland District Health Board. Dr Cheung holds a PhD in Psychiatry and is the Director of Academic Programme for the Northern Region Psychiatry Training Programme. He is recognised as a leader in post-graduate psychiatry training and has published extensively. Dr Cheung has particular expertise in capacity assessment training and research, and suicide prevention in older adults. Dr Cheung is a member of the Ministry of Health’s Support and Consultation for End of Life in New Zealand group (SCENZ), which is charged with maintaining and providing a list of medical practitioners and psychiatrists as part of the assisted dying service when required, and supporting the development of the standards of care for medicines as part of the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act.

Dr Jane Casey

Dr Jane Casey

Co-Speaker
Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in Old Age Psychiatry

Jane is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in Old Age Psychiatry, employed in a private capacity and at the Auckland District Health Board as a specialist in the Mental Health Services for Older People. Jane is a current Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, she obtained her MBChB from the University of Auckland, 1987; is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP), 1994, and a Member and immediate past Bi-national Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, and of the International Psychogeriatric Association Capacity Shared Interest Forum. Jane has considerable experience in expert opinion reports in cases relating to mental capacity. She has published and presented on capacity and related topics in various medical and legal forums.