PROGRAM

PLENARY SESSIONS

  • The Story of Law Reform in Canada
  • Empirical Studies: What Do We Know About End of Life Decision-Making Around the World?
  • Stopping/Not Starting Potentially Life-Sustaining Treatment: The Issue of Unilateral Decision-Making
  • Palliative Care and Its Relationship with Assisted Dying
  • Palliative Sedation
  • The Legal Status of Assisted Dying Around the World
  • Pressure Points for Eligibility for Medical Assistance in Dying: Mature minors, mental illness, and advance requests

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Multiple concurrent sessions in the following streams:

  • Medical assistance in dying (euthanasia and assisted suicide)
  • Withholding and withdrawing potentially life-sustaining treatment (e.g. the “futile treatment” debate, artificial hydration and nutrition)
  • Palliative care (including palliative sedation)
  • Advance directives and advance care planning
  • Next generation issues (e.g. medical assistance in dying in prisons, organ donation and medical assistance in dying)
  • Other end of life law, ethics, policy, and practice issues

PROGRAM

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
HALIFAX CENTRAL LIBRARY, PAUL O’REGAN HALL, 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS

7:00 pm
Opening Plenary
The Story of Law Reform in Canada
Joe Arvay, Jim Cowan, Mona Gupta

 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

WORLD TRADE AND CONVENTION CENTRE

8:15 am
Welcome

8:30 – 10:00 am
Plenary 2 – Empirical Studies: What do we know about end of life decisions making around the world?
Luc Deliens, Linda Ganzini, Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Lindy Wilmott

10:00 – 10:20 am
Health Break

10:20 – 11:50 am
Concurrent Paper Sessions

11:50 – 12:50 pm
Lunch

12:50 – 1:50 pm
Plenary 3 – Palliative Care and its Relationship with Medical Aid in Dying
Kenneth Chambaere, James Downar, Eric Wasylenko

1:50 – 2:10 pm
Health Break

2:10 – 3:40 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions

3:40 – 4:00 pm
Break

4:00 – 5:00 pm
Plenary 4A – Stopping/Not Starting Potentially Life-Sustaining Treatment: The Issue of Unilateral Decision Making
Jennifer Gibson, Hilary Young

Plenary 4B – Palliative Sedation
Jocelyn Downie, Agnes van der Heide

5:00 pm
Closing Remarks

6:30 pm for 7:00 pm
Reception and Cash Bar followed by Banquet

Friday, September 15, 2017

WORLD TRADE AND CONVENTION CENTRE

8:15 am
Welcome

8:30 – 10:00 am
Plenary 5 – Legal Status of Assisted Dying
Joan M. Gilmour, Maria M. Gomez, Emily Jackson, Ben White

10:00 – 10:20 am
Health Break

10:20 – 11:50 am
Concurrent Paper Sessions

11:50 – 12:50 pm
Lunch

12:50 – 2:20 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions

2:20 – 2:40 pm
Health Break

2:40-4:40 pm
Plenary 6 – Pressure Points for Eligibility for Medical Assistance in Dying (mature minors, mental illness as sole underlying condition, advance requests)
Christine Chambers, Justine Dembo, Jennifer Chandler, Jennifer Gibson, Joan M. Gilmour, Ken Rockwood

4:40 pm
Closing Remarks

Photo of Halifax Central Library by Adam Mork