Victoria's new advance care planning and medical treatment decision making laws

In 2016 the Victorian Parliament passed the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016. Cancer Council Victoria and the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer are hosting two webinars on the new law, with a focus on the changes relevant to people affected by cancer, their families, carers, and health professionals.

New advance care planning laws - communicating your future healthcare decisions

Tuesday 21 February, 7 - 8.30 pm

Register - webinar for people affected by cancer

The webinar is for people affected by cancer, patients, carers, families and friends to help understand:

  • key changes to advance care planning documents, including the introduction of new binding instructional directives and values directives.
  • what the new law means for people responsible for making medical decisions for family members or loved ones who can no longer make their own decisions.
  • how people can use the new law to best ensure that their future medical treatment is guided by their own preferences and values.

New advance care planning laws - implications for clinical practice

Tuesday 28 February, 5.30 - 7 pm

Register - webinar for health professionals

The webinar for health professionals will include material from webinar 1, with additional detail about what the changes will mean for clinicians in practice, including new responsibilities arising from the legislation.

Each webinar will feature a multi-disciplinary panel of speakers who will provide an overview of the new Act, and discuss key changes relating to advance care directives (instructional and values directives) and substitute decision-making for people who can no longer make their own decisions. Each one hour webinar will be followed by the opportunity to participate in a 30 minute online Q & A session with our panellists and a specialist 13 11 20 nurse.


New advance care planning laws - communicating your future healthcare decisions

Panellists:

Jonathan Liberman, Director, McCabe Centre for Law and CancerJonathan Liberman, Director, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Jonathan has more than fifteen years' experience in legal and policy research, advice, training and technical support relating to cancer control at both domestic and global levels. His work covers a wide range of issues relating to cancer prevention, treatment, supportive care and research. Jonathan has published extensively on the relationships between law and cancer control. Jonathan has degrees in Arts and Law (first class honours) and a Master of Public and International Law. He is a Senior Fellow of the Melbourne Law School.

Dr Deborah Lawson, Legal policy advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and CancerDr Deborah Lawson, Legal policy advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Deborah has worked for the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer for four years, focusing on legal issues that impact on experiences and outcomes for people affected by cancer and those who care for them, including end of life law, consent to medical treatment, anti-discrimination law and regulation of healthcare providers. Deborah has a PhD and undergraduate degrees in law and philosophy from the University of Otago (NZ), and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria's Elder Law and Health Law Committees and the Royal Women's Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee.

Sondra Davoren, Senior legal policy advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer Sondra Davoren, Senior legal policy advisor, McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer

Sondra has been with the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer as a senior legal policy advisor since its inception five years ago. She works on the role of law in the delivery of cancer treatment and supportive care. She is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International's Policy Advisory Group. Prior to joining Cancer Council Victoria, Sondra worked as a legal advisor at the Victorian Legal Services Board, and in multi-party litigation in the UK. Sondra has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and the University of Sheffield (UK) and is currently undertaking a Masters of Law at the University of Melbourne.

Claire McNamara, Office of the Public Advocate Claire McNamara, Office of the Public Advocate

Claire has worked at the Office of the Public Advocate for more than 10 years, initially in the role of an Advocate/Guardian and currently as a Legal Officer.  The Office of the Public Advocate is an independent statutory body that works to protect and promote the interests, rights and dignity of people with a disability. Claire is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria's Elder Law Committee and Health Law Committee, and in 2013 was the recipient of a Law Institute of Victoria Legal Award.

Sam Brean, Advance Care Planning Program Lead - Eastern Health Sam Brean, Advance Care Planning Program Lead - Eastern Health

Sam Brean moved to Australia in 2000 from England. She is a dedicated and highly experienced nurse who is committed to the delivery of support and information to families to assist them to advocate for what matters most. Sam loves to spend time in the Dandenong Ranges and is passionate about nature and dogs. Sam is an accomplished presenter, communicator, negotiator and listener, skilled in building strong relationships with stakeholders across medical, nursing, research, education and public sectors. Sam will join the panel to discuss the impact of the key changes for people affected by cancer and those who care for them.

 

Register for the webinar for people affected by cancer, their family members and carers on 21 February, 7 - 8.30 pm

New advance care planning laws - implications for clinical practice

Panellists:

McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer Director Jonathan Liberman (see bio above) will introduce and facilitate the webinar, including the panel discussion.

Dr Deborah Lawson (see bio above) will speak about key changes to advance care directives, including new responsibilities for health professionals in relation to witnessing, locating and complying with advance care directives.

Sondra Davoren (see bio above) will present on changes to substitute medical decision-making, including the amended legislative hierarchy of decision makers that health professionals should be aware of and new requirements for substitute decision makers when making a medical decision on behalf of someone else.

Dr Barbara HayesDr Barbara Hayes, Advance Care Planning Program Clinical Leader, Northern Health

Barbara has been the Clinical Leader for Advance Care Planning at North Health since 2007. She is a Palliative Care Physician and has worked in this field for over 20 years. Barbara recently ceased clinical practice to focus on teaching and research.  She has an interest in ethics and end-of-life decision-making, and completed a PhD on ‘Ethical CPR decision-making'.

Dr Hayes will discuss how some of the key changes will impact on clinical practice, including the new responsibilities for medical practitioners who witness an advance care directive, and how this process will fit within the overall context of advance care planning.    

Sam Brean (see bio above) will join the panel to discuss the practical effect of some of the key changes from the perspective of an Advance Care Planning Program Lead.

Register for the webinar for health professionals on 28 February, 5.30 - 7 pm

Updated: 16 Feb, 2017