End of Life Choices panel discussion


Thursday 30 March 2017, 5 for 5.30pm

Time: 5:30 PM -7:00 PM
Venue: Centre on China in the World
Fellows Lane, Australian National University, Acton
Cost: Free
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The options for end of life care are becoming increasingly important to the ACT community. At this free event, hosted by the ACT Law Society and sponsored by the ANU College of Law, a panel of experts will examine the choices and decisions for palliative care currently available to residents of the ACT, and look ahead to the future of end of life care and the legal and medical implications of change.


Dr Andrew Skeels, Palliative Medicine Specialist, Clare Holland House

Speaker’s biography

Shayne Higson, Spokesperson, Go Gentle Australia

Shayne Higson is spokesperson and stakeholder liaison for Go Gentle Australia, and a director of Dying With Dignity (NSW). Although she has always believed in the principle of dying with dignity, it was following the death of her mother in late 2012 from an aggressive brain cancer that Shayne became passionate and vocal about the need for law reform. Shayne is dedicated to providing a voice for the thousands of families and carers who have watched loved ones suffer unnecessarily at the end of their terminal illness.

Professor Thomas Faunce, ANU College of Law

Professor Tom Faunce (BA/LLB(hons) BMed PhD) is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow studying nanotechnology and public health. He holds joint professorial positions in the College of Law and College of Medicine, Biology and the Environment at the Australian National University. He was a judges associate to Justice Lionel Murphy of the High Court of Australia, has worked as a solicitor in some of Australia's top legal firms (Mallesons (Canberra) and Freehills (Sydney) and practised as an intensive care registrar in Wagga Wagga, Canberra and Mebourne. His research areas include Environmental Nanotechnology, Health Policy, International Trade Law, and Bioethics (Human and Animal).


  • When: Thursday 30 March 2017, 5pm for a 5.30 start
  • Where: Centre on China in the World, Fellows Lane, Australian National University, Acton
  • Cost: Free
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