Masterclass: Ethics at End of Life

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This Masterclass is led by Dr Martin Woods, Research Fellow with Mary Potter Hospice in association with Dr Brian Ensor, Director of Palliative Care at Mary Potter Hospice.

They will explore the ethical issues around death and dying; exploring professional boundaries and personal challenges for the health professional.   It will cover end-of-life issues such as withdrawal of treatment, palliative sedation and facing difficult conversations with patients around suicidal ideation and euthanasia including spiritual care.

The workshop has been designed for clinical health professionals, community and social care workers with palliative patients and family/whānau/aiga.

Learning Outcomes

  • To overview contemporary ethical ideas, issues and perspectives in end of life care.
  • To examine specific ethical concerns in a selection of difficult end of life care situations.
  • To discuss moral issues and appropriate ethical responses for Māori at end of life.
  • To review possible ethical responses from physicians, nurses, and others to distinctive moral quandaries relating to end of life care. 
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