The Biggest Decision of Them All - Death and Assisted Dying: Capacity Assessments and Undue Influence Screening

Internal Medicine Journal, Forthcoming

8 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2019

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Carmelle Peisah

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Linda Sheahan

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Ben White

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 28, 2019

Abstract

Arguably, deciding the timing and manner of one's death is the biggest decision of all. With the Victorian Voluntary Assisted Dying Act commencing in 2019, assessing capacity to choose Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) becomes a critical issue for clinicians in Victoria, and elsewhere with ongoing efforts to change the law across Australia and in New Zealand. We consider how capacity assessment and undue influence screening can be approached for VAD, the role and risks of supported decision-making, and argue for the importance of training to ensure health care professionals are educated about their role.

Keywords: assisted dying, capacity

Suggested Citation

Peisah, Carmelle and Sheahan, Linda and White, Ben, The Biggest Decision of Them All - Death and Assisted Dying: Capacity Assessments and Undue Influence Screening (January 28, 2019). Internal Medicine Journal, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3343942 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3343942

Carmelle Peisah

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Linda Sheahan

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Ben White (Contact Author)

Queensland University of Technology - Faculty of Law ( email )

Level 4, C Block Gardens Point
2 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://staff.qut.edu.au/staff/whiteb/

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