Voluntary assisted dying ministerial expert panel

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

Voluntary assisted dying final report (PDF 3MB).

​Voluntary assisted dying final report (Word 3MB).

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

Ministerial Expert Panel members

Mr Malcolm McCusker AC QC - Chairman
Mr Malcolm McCusker AC QC is Queen’s Counsel and former Governor of Western Australia. He is the current Chair of the WA Health Translation Network.

Dr Penny Flett AO - Deputy Chair
Dr Penny Flett AO is a retired medical practitioner and has worked on state and national developments in aged care over many years. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of Brightwater Care Group and former Chair of the WA Aged Care Advisory Council.

Associate Professor Kirsten Auret - Member
Associate Professor Kirsten Auret is Deputy Director of the Rural Clinical School of WA and an Associate Professor of rural and remote medicine. She is a palliative care specialist and Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and Notre Dame University.

Dr Scott Blackwell - Member
Dr Scott Blackwell is a General Practitioner with expertise in palliative care and aged care. He is the former President of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) WA Branch and a life member of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Dr Elissa Campbell - Member
Dr Elissa Campbell is a consultant geriatrician, palliative care specialist and current President of Palliative Care WA.

Professor Phillip Della AM - Member
Professor Phillip Della is the head of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University and the former Chief Nurse of Western Australia.

Ms Noreen Fynn - Member
Ms Noreen Fynn is a consumer representative with 30 years of experience in Western Australia in the carer, disability, aged care and mental health sectors. She has worked extensively with community and government organisations at both the state and federal level.

Ms Kate George - Member
Ms Kate George is a senior lawyer specialising in human rights, international law and indigenous matters with experience in private, public and non-government sectors.

Dr Roger Hunt - Member
Dr Roger Hunt is a senior consultant in palliative medicine and a Founding Fellow of the Australasian Chapter of Palliative Medicine. Dr Hunt was a member of the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel on Voluntary Assisted Dying.

Ms Samantha Jenkinson - Member
Ms Samantha Jenkinson is the current Executive Director of People With disabilities WA and former acting CEO of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. She is a senior advocate and advisor to the government in relation to disability.

Ms Maria Osman - Member
Ms Maria Osman is a senior consultant and advisor specialising in human rights, diversity and gender matters. She is the former Executive Director of the WA Office of Multicultural Interests and the WA Office for Women’s Policy.

Ms Fiona Seaward - Member
Ms Fiona Seaward is a Commissioner of the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia and Senior Assistant State Counsel for the State Solicitor’s Office.

Dr Simon Towler - Member
Dr Simon Towler is the Clinical Lead of the South Metropolitan Health Service Futures program and a Staff Specialist Intensive Care at Fiona Stanley Hospital. He is the former Chief Medical Officer of Western Australia.

Last reviewed: 03-04-2019
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