Based on the success of our special in-depth feature series on death and dying in New Zealand, Health Central is taking the next step: taking debate off the page and into live debate with our first Health Central ChalkTalks panel discussion on the End of Life Choice Bill.
The End of Life Choice bill is currently before New Zealand Parliament. It seeks to give people with a terminal illness or a grievous and irremediable medical condition the option of requesting assisted dying.
This controversial bill has received both strong support and opposition. As the Select Committee prepare to report back in April, our panel will meet to discuss some of the implications of this legislation for New Zealanders.
A big topic requires a strong panel, so after much shuffling and changes, we feel confident we have confirmed an amazing line-up of panellists who will bring a range of different views and contexts to the table.
ACT Leader David Seymour and Former Prime Minister Sir Bill English are well placed to deliver political perspectives on the proposed legislation, while visiting Canadian palliative care specialist Dr Leonie Herx will be able to look at the issues from a clinical standpoint as well as offer some experience with how similar legislation is operating in practice overseas.
Retired intensive care medicine specialist Dr Jack Havill will also have a clinical angle to offer and Kerri Nuku of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation will bring important nursing and Māori perspectives into the discussion. As a person living with tetraplegia as a result of a car accident when she was 17, Claire Freeman’s insights into these issues from a disability angle are bound to provide food for thought.
As we compile our questions for the panel, we’d like to hear from Health Central readers: what is it you want the panel to address in their discussion. Please send your burning questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Central ChalkTalks panel discussion on the End of Life Choice Bill will be hosted at NZME Wellington (Level 3, 190 Taranaki St, Wellington) at 5.30pm. Tickets available here.