December 2016

QndA - December 7, 2016

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  • 1. Introduction to the panel members and the topic: Euthanasia and Palliative Care

  • 2. Do people have a ‘right’ to choose when they die, and what is the role of legislations in making this decision?

  • 3. What are the effects of physician assisted suicide on medical and nursing professionals?

  • 4. How should we respond to patients who wish to ‘die with dignity’ in order to avoid being a burden on loved ones?

  • 5. Why is palliative care a ‘better option’ in the face of death? Is there a point at which life should no longer be prolonged?

  • 6. Is lack of access to palliative care in certain geographical areas (such as rural Australia) a social justice issue that needs to be addressed?

  • 7. Will the apparent current trend of commodifying palliative care lead to undesirable market competition between end of life options?

  • 8. What is the best way to ‘look after’ people we love when they are approaching end of their life?

  • 9. Will the legalization of euthanasia lead to an undermining of the ‘social value’ of the vulnerable (such as those with Alzheimer’s)?

  • 10. Shared personal experience of dealing with pain due to illness, and a comment on the importance of the euthanasia/palliative care debate

  • 11. What is the Christian view of the ‘doctrine of double effect’, and how does it fit in with medical ethics?

  • 12. Has there been any research into the implications of death by euthanasia on family and friends, and associated bereavement care?