Voluntary Assisted Dying – Understanding the Changes

Voluntary Assisted Dying – Understanding the Changes
Type: Webinar
Presenter: Dr Lauren Breen

Understanding the Legislative Changes and Implications Relating to Voluntary Assisted Dying

Webinar Overview

This webinar aims to provide an overview of voluntary assisted dying and its implications, especially those relevant to mental health and social care professionals.

The webinar is aimed at an introductory to intermediate level of professional who will be affected by the legislative changes.

Learning Outcomes

Following this webinar you will:

  • Have an overview of the wider context and debates about VAD.
  • Have gained an understanding the role of health professionals in end-of-life care.
  • Have received a description of some research on assisted dying and grief outcomes for bereaved family members; and on suicide and age, physical health concerns, and pain.
  • Have garnered an appreciation of the meaning and challenges of decision-making capacity in the context of VAD.
  • Have been presented an outline of the practical and ethical implications for mental health and social care professionals working with clients who might consider end-of-life options in jurisdictions where VAD is legal and where it is not.


Presenter Biography

Lauren Breen is an Associate Professor in psychology at Curtin University. Lauren is a Registered Psychologist, an Associate Editor of Death Studies, a Fellow in Thanatology: Death, Dying and Bereavement, and a member of the International Work Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. Lauren was successful in the inaugural round of the prestigious Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Awards for her project exploring family caregiving and bereavement and has authored 10 book chapters and over 80 journal articles.

Webinar Details


24 April, 2019


Victoria: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST
New South Wales: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST
Tasmania: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AET
South Australia: 2:30pm - 4:00pm ACST
Queensland: 3:00pm - 4:30pm AEST
Northern Territory: 2:30pm - 4:00pm ACST
Western Australia: 1:00pm - 2:30pm AWST

If you're unable to attend at the scheduled time but you would still like to purchase this webinar please register and regardless of attendance at the scheduled time you will be sent a recording of the webinar to view at your leisure. This recording will remain available for three months.


  • Member $50
  • Non Member $75

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.

Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs.

No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note: The full invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

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24/04/2019 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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