Programme

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Thursday 7 March, 2019

08.30-09.00 Registration & Welcome Coffee
Entrance Hall & Kapittelzaal

Opening

09.00-09.10 Welcome by the Chair of the Scientific Committee – Kenneth Chambaere (BE)
Refter (Plenary Hall)
09.10-09.30 Introduction by an external speaker (TBC)

Plenary 1: Latest developments in assisted dying around the world

09.30-10.00 Developments in European countries – Agnes van der Heide (NL)
10.00-10.30 Recent developments and the future of MAiD in Canada – Jocelyn Downie (CAN)
10.30-11.00 A review of developments in Australia – Lindy Willmott (AUS)
11.00-11.15 Comfort Break
11.15-12.00 Gobal Panel
12.00-13.00 Lunch
Kapittelzaal

Parallel Sessions 1

13.00-14.30 Refter (Plenary Hall) Zaal Rector Vermeylen Oude Infirmerie Priorzaal
MAiD in Canada – 2 years of experience
Green-Wiebe-Gokool-Daws (CAN)
ASSISTED DYING & IDEOLOGY
CAPACITY
VOLUNTARY STOPPING EATING & DRINKING
Euthanasia embedded in palliative care? – Bernheim (BE)
Cognitive Distortions and Capacity in MAID Requests where Mental Illness is Present – Dembo (CAN)
Bioethical and legal dilemmas on hunger strike in prison settings – Ciruzzi (ARG)
‘Pillarization’ as/and biopolitics. Institutional shaping of the requests for euthanasia in Belgium: a sociological approach – Hamarat (BE)
Executive dysfunction and capacity for medical decision-making in MAID Requests – Thorpe (CAN)
Is Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking a Form of Suicide? – McGee (AUS)
What do we know about the attitudes of Australian doctors to legalised assisted dying? – Rutherford (AUS)
Rights! Freedom! Autonomy! Capacity? – Saul (AUS)
VSED for Advanced Dementia Patients in the US – Rivas (USA)
Euthanasia in Italy: A battle between religion and secularism – Agterberg (IT)
A new law in Taiwan: the convergence of legal capacity and mental capacity in Patient Autonomy Act – Hsieh (TWN)
14.30-15.00 Coffee Break
Kapittelzaal

Parallel Sessions 2

15.00-16.30 Refter (Plenary Hall) Zaal Rector Vermeylen Oude Infirmerie Priorzaal
ROLE OF PROFESSIONALS IN ASSISTED DYING
ASSISTED DYING: DEVELOPMENTS IN BELGIUM & THE NETHERLANDS
ADVANCE DIRECTIVES
ACCESS TO ASSISTED DYING
Making Sense of Medical Aid in Dying: how physicians in Québec (Canada) experience MAiD in relation to the ordinary practice of medicine – Blouin (CAN)
Slippery slope in the Netherlands? – De Vito (NL)
Legal and ethical challenges of new media in advance directives – Chan (UK)
Assisted dying laws in Victoria: Restricting discussions about end of life options – Willmott (AUS)
The physician’s role in medical aid-in-dying: perspectives from Vermont – Buchbinder (USA)
Study on denied requests for euthanasia submitted at the End-of-Life Clinic – Van den Ende (NL)
Doctors’ perspectives on adhering to advance care directives when making medical decisions for patients with chronic disease: an interview study in a Melbourne metropolitan hospital – Detering (AUS)
The Waxing and Waning of the Informed Consent Principle in the Law Governing End of Life Decision-making in Canada – McMorrow (CAN)
Clinicians’ perspectives, and willingness to participate in voluntary assisted dying in Victoria, Australia – Detering (AUS)
Factors associated with requesting and receiving euthanasia: A nationwide mortality follow-back study with a focus on psychiatric disorders, dementia and an accumulation of health problems related to old age – Evenblij (NL)
Prevalence of advance care directives among older Australians accessing health and residential aged care services: multi-centre audit study – Nolte (AUS)
Deployment of ‘the dying’: Voluntary assisted dying in the Australian state of Victoria – Hempton (AUS)
Health Care Professionals’ Perspectives on Medical Assistance in Dying – Fast (CAN)
Euthanasia in Belgium: Shortcomings of the law and its application and of the monitoring of practice – Sterckx (BE)
The association between knowledge of end-of-life options and attitudes and behaviors regarding advance directives in Switzerland: Evidence from a National Population-based Study – Vilpert (SWI)
Representing the collective voice of the newly emerging MAiD community in Canada – Brittain (CAN)
16.30-17.00 Coffee Break
Kapittelzaal

Plenary 2: Conscientious objection

17.00-17.30 Conscientious objection by physicians/health care professionals – Daphne Gilbert (CAN)
17.30-18.00 Conscientious objection by institutions – Sylvie Tack (BE)
18.00-… Reception at Ghent Town Hall
Stadhuis Gent, Botermarkt 1, 9000 Ghent
 

Friday 8 March, 2019

08.30-09.00 Welcome Coffee
Kapittelzaal

Parallel Sessions 3

09.00-10.30 Refter (Plenary Hall) Zaal Rector Vermeylen Oude Infirmerie Priorzaal
From legislative provisions on End of Life to application on clinical grounds: Which ethical challenges? A European – French, German, Italian – comparative perspective
Fournier (FR) – Neitzke (GER) – Pegoraro (IT)
VIEWS ON END-OF-LIFE TREATMENT
PROMOTION OF ADVANCE CARE PLANNING
ASSISTED DYING IN PSYCHIATRY
Staff Positions on End-Of-Life Treatment in patients with incurable diseases – Gabison (ISR)
Transforming Advance Care Planning Australia, a collaborative national effort – Nolte (AUS)
When Unbearable Suffering Incites Psychiatric Patients to Request Euthanasia: a Qualitative Study – Verhofstadt (BE)
Non-beneficial treatment at the end of life in a palliative care population with cancer: a systematic review of reasons – Moors (NL)
Advance directives: What does a campaign of loco-regional public debates reveal of citizens’ perception of them? – Pierre (FR)
Public and physicians’ support for euthanasia in people suffering from psychiatric disorders: A cross-sectional survey study – Evenblij (NL)
What do people with life-limiting illness considering euthanasia/assisted dying think about treatments at the end-of-life? – Young (NZ)
The cost-effectiveness of advance care planning for older adults with end-stage kidney disease – Sellars (AUS)
Perspectives from mental health professionals in Saskatchewan, Canada about the potential expansion of Medical Assistance in Dying to patients with mental illness – MacPherson (CAN)
Medical Futility Dispute Resolution Options in the United States: Law & Ethics Fundamentals – Pope (USA)
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
Kapittelzaal

Plenary 3: Treatment withdrawal at the end of life

11.00-11.30 UK Law on Agreement Treatment Withdrawal – Celia Kitzinger (UK)
11.30-12.00 VSED Divulged: Legal, Ethical, and Clinical Status of the Voluntarily Stopping Eating and Drinking Exit Option – Thaddeus Pope (USA)
12.00-13.00 Lunch
Kapittelzaal

Parallel Sessions 4

13.00-14.30 Refter (Plenary Hall) Zaal Rector Vermeylen Oude Infirmerie Priorzaal
PALLIATIVE SEDATION
ASSISTED SUICIDE VS SUICIDE
END OF LIFE ISSUES IN DEMENTIA
ASSISTED DYING IN PSYCHIATRY
Palliative sedation at the end of life: state-of-the art, challenges and opportunities for improvement – Robijn (BE)
Understanding the concept of suicide in an age of assisted dying (a global issue through the lens of Canadian experience) – Downie (CAN)
Termination of life based on a written request: what do the Regional Review Committees say? – De Vito (NL)
Primum non nocere: medical liability in end-of-life scenarios – Raposo (CHN)
Deep and continuous sedation until death : A first national restrospective survey in France – Bretonnière (FR)
Suicide prevention in an age of medical assistance in dying: a Canadian perspective – Gupta (CAN)
Views on assisted dying for people with dementia: a Netnographic approach – Dekhoda (NZ)
Dying on an emergency department and the decisions at the end-of-life – Vermeir (BE)
Development of an information leaflet for palliative sedation – Spichiger (SWI)
Suicide or not suicide: how people involved in conversations about assisted suicide distinguish assisted suicide from suicide in Switzerland – Blouin (CAN)
Perspectives of people with dementia and carers on advance care planning and end-of-life care: A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies – Sellars (AUS)
Access to Home Palliative Care: pilot project in Portugal – Da Ponte (POR)
Moral Distress and Autonomy at the End of Life – Davis (USA)
Knowledge and attitude to end of life choices including medical assistance in dying (MAiD) in marginalized indigenous and non-indigenous people in Canada – Wiebe (CAN)
14.30-15.00 Coffee Break
Kapittelzaal

Plenary 4: Pressure points in end-of-life debates

15.00-15:30 Dementia, capacity and advance directives (TBC)
15.30-16.00 Palliative sedation as an alternative to assistance in dying? – James Downar (CAN)

Parallel Sessions 5

16.00-17.30 Refter (Plenary Hall) Zaal Rector Vermeylen Oude Infirmerie Priorzaal
WITHHOLDING & WITHDRAWING TREATMENT
Issues of Overlap between “Suicide” and “Physician Aid in Dying”
Battin M (USA)
STATISTICS FOR ASSISTED DYING
DEFINING DEATH
Withdrawing and withholding treatment in a post-best interests world – Cameron (AUS)
Completion of medical certificates of death after an assisted death: An environmental scan of practices – Brown (CAN)
Consensus, controversies and dilemmas concerning the definition of death in the USA – Levin (USA)
Medical futility at the end-of-life: an Australian policy analysis – Close (AUS)
An Analysis of Euthanasia Statistics in Various Countries – Tanaka (JPN)
Brain Death and the Law: Hard Cases and Legal Challenges – Pope (USA)
To eat or to die: a crucial dilemma in Elderly – Fournier (FR)
Drugs used for euthanasia: A repeated Population-Based Mortality Follow-Back Study in Flanders, Belgium – Dierickx (BE)
Changing the Definition of Death – McGee (AUS)
The Vincent Lambert case: An illustration of the limits of an EoL law to resolve all ethical clinical issues – Berthiau (FR)
Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada:  An assessment of the evidence with respect to advance requests, mature minors, and where a mental disorder is the sole underlying medical condition – Meslin (CAN)
Final death – Towers (USA)
18.30-… Congress Dinner at Ghent City Museum
STAM, Godshuizenlaan 2, 9000 Ghent
 

Saturday 9 March, 2019

08:30-09.00 Welcome Coffee
Kapittelzaal

Parallel Sessions 6

09.00-10.30 Refter (Plenary Hall) Zaal Rector Vermeylen Oude Infirmerie Priorzaal
IMPLEMENTATION OF ASSISTED DYING
NEONATES & MINORS
ASSISTED DYING FROM A RIGHTS PERSPECTIVE
POLICY DEVELOPMENT
Developing a medical assistance in dying curriculum in specialty residency training programs – Macdonald (CAN)
Neonatologists’ and neonatal nurses’ attitudes towards perinatal end-of-life decisions – Dombrecht (BE)
A re-examination of the compatibility of the English blanket ban on assisted suicide with the prohibition on ill-treatment in article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights – Martin (UK)
Policy development in contested spaces: drivers of change and evidence based policy – Cameron (AUS)
Impact of a Unique Canadian approach to Medical Assistence in Dying by Nurse Practitoners in the patient’s home environment – Pelletier (CAN)
Every single day we resuscitate her… what are we doing, where are we going? Modifiable factors for improving end-of-life decision making for neonatologists, nurses, and parents in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Piette (BE)
The semantics of the ‘right to assisted dying’ – McCann (UK)
The Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017: the role of the public service in significant government reform – Kearney (AUS)
Psychiatric Patients Requesting Euthanasia:  Initiatives for Sound Clinical and Ethical Decision Making – Verhofstadt (BE)
Age Distinction in Canada’s Bill C-14: Necessary or Discriminatory? – Morrison (CAN)
Legal change on assisted dying revisited – Lewis (UK)
Restricted palliative care – Ciurlionis (LIT)
A regulatory analysis of Victoria’s Voluntary Assisted Dying Regime – White  & Del Villar (AUS)
The fraught notion of a good death for children: Can a child ever really ‘die well’? – Moore (USA) +++ Minors & MAiD: Canadian Law Reform Process & Debate (Constance MacIntosh)
Right-to-Die Society in Belgium: history & future – Van Hoey (BE)
Guidelines-based regulation on end-of-life care decisions in Japan – Iwata (JPN)
 Minors & MAiD: Canadian Law Reform Process & Debate – MacIntosh (CAN)
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break
Kapittelzaal

Plenary 5: The long-term view on end-of-life practice

11.00-11.30 Ethical reflection on what has passed: predictions for the future – Freddy Mortier (BE)
11.30-12.15 Global Panel

Closing

12.15-12.30 Closing by Co-Chair of the Scientific Committee – Luc Deliens (BE)
12.30-13.30 Lunch
Kapittelzaal