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Sector Forum – Palliative Care and VAD Coexisiting in WA

  • Palliative Care and VAD Coexisting in WA
  • Thursday 29 April 2021, 4:00 to 6:30pm (afternoon tea from 3:30pm)
  • In-person and online attendance options
  • Mount Lawley Golf Club – 1 Walter Rd, Inglewood
  • Download the flyer for this forum HERE

The approaching introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying will change the end-of-life landscape in Western Australia. VAD and palliative care will need to coexist in order to meet the needs of Western Australians and support them at end-of life.

In the results of our recent sector survey, almost all respondents expressed a level of concern about having their information, professional development and pastoral care needs met in time for the introduction of VAD. In response, this sector forum aims to provide a detailed update on the implementation of VAD and the healthcare responsibilities for its delivery in WA, as well the opportunity to hear about, and learn from, some experiences of the delivery of both palliative care and VAD in Victoria and Canada.

Importantly we will also provide the voice of lived experience as we hear from a family member of someone who chose to access VAD in Victoria.

WA speakers

A briefing will provide the latest information on the implementation of VAD in WA and the healthcare responsibilities for its delivery.

  • Dr Scott Blackwell – Chair of the VAD Implementation Leadership Team in WA
  • Amanda Bolleter – Project Director, End of Life Care at WA Health
  • Stephanie Dowden – Nurse Practitioner and member of the VAD Implementation Leadership Team in WA

The lived experience voice

Kristin Cornell’s father was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019 and she supported him through Voluntary Assisted Dying.  While their experience of palliative care was positive, they struggled for months after applying for eligibility for VAD, and were caught up in timelines, legislative obstructions and access barriers before finally Allan died via VAD in June 2020. Kristin hopes to share her experiences to help people in other states travel a much smoother and easier path.

Guest panellists

An expert panel will share their experiences of the delivery of both palliative care and VAD in Victoria and Canada.

Professor Andrew Weickhardt

Andrew is a Consultant Medical Oncologist and Translational Researcher at the Olivia Newton John Cancer Centre at Austin Hospital in Victoria. His interests are in genitourinary cancers which include bladder, prostate, kidney and testicular cancers and he focuses on delivering effective treatment to patients, alongside compassionate care.

Dr Danielle Ko

Danielle is a palliative care consultant and the Clinical Ethics Lead for Austin Health in Victoria, while also working in their Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence Unit. Her area of expertise is in the intersection of medicine, law and clinical ethics as it relates to everyday clinical practice as well as at the end of life. Danielle is a member of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Review Board that reviews and monitors VAD activities in Victoria to ensure legislative compliance.

Associate Professor Mark Boughey 

Mark is Director of Palliative Medicine at St Vincent’s Hospital and Co-Deputy Director of the Centre for Palliative Care in Victoria.  He is also Chair and Clinical Lead for Safer Care Victoria’s Palliative Care Clinical Network and sits on Clinical Council of Victoria.  He is especially interested in the promotion and incorporation of palliative care principles and practices across all illness and disease trajectories.

Dr Marie-Christine Carrier

Marie-Christine is a palliative medicine physician. She is the Medical Chief of Staff for the Palliative Medicine Department as well as a member of the Spiritual Care Internship program at Montreal University Hospital. Marie-Christine is also the Secretary of the Quebec Palliative Physician’s Society.

Who should attend?

This sector forum is open to anyone, and will suit those from across the health, aged and community service sectors. Both members and non-members of PCWA are welcome to attend.


  • $35 for sector professionals.
  • $15 for students, volunteers and members of the community.
  • FREE for Individual members of Palliative Care WA.

Registration information

You can register to attend in person or online via Zoom. Registrations are essential and can be made via eventbrite on the link below. A program will be provided soon.


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