Voluntary assisted dying ministerial expert panel

The Ministerial Expert Panel has been established to provide expert advice on the development of voluntary assisted dying legislation.

Chairman's message (3 min) Read the transcript (Word 16KB)

Ministerial expert panel members

Mr Malcolm McCusker AC - Chair
Queen's Counsel and former Governor of Western Australia.

Dr Penny Flett AO – Deputy Chair
Retired medical practitioner. Former Chief Executive Officer Brightwater, former Chair WA Aged Care Advisory Council.

Associate Professor Kirsten Auret
Associate Professor of rural and remote medicine and Deputy Director Rural Clinical School of WA Palliative Care specialist and Adjunct Professor Curtin University and Notre Dame University.

Dr Scott Blackwell
General Practitioner with expertise in palliative care and aged care. Former President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA). Life member of the Royal Australian College of GPs.

Dr Elissa Campbell
President Palliative Care WA, Consultant Geriatrician and Palliative Care specialist.

Professor Phillip Della
Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Curtin University, former Chief Nurse of Western Australia.

Ms Noreen Fynn
Consumer representative with 30 years of experience in Western Australia in the carer, disability, aged care and mental health sectors, community and government organisations, state and federal level.

Ms Kate George
Company Director and senior lawyer specialising in human rights, international law and indigenous matters.

Dr Roger Hunt
Senior Consultant in Palliative Medicine. Former member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying.

Ms Samantha Jenkinson
Executive Director People With disabilities WA (PWdWA) and former acting CEO Australian Federation of Disability organisations. Senior advocate and advisor to government in relation to disability.

Ms Maria Osman
Senior Consultant and advisor for cultural and linguistically diverse communities, former Executive Director of the Office of Multicultural Interests.

Ms Fiona Seaward
Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia and Senior Assistant State Counsel for State Solicitors Office.

Dr Simon Towler
Clinical Lead South Metro Health Service Futures program. Staff Specialist Intensive Care, Fiona Stanley Hospital. Former Chief Medical Officer Western Australia.

Last reviewed: 03-04-2019
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