Voluntary Assisted Dying workshop

Tuesday 18 October 2022
9.30 am – 3.30 pm
The Parish of Indooroopilly, 89 Fairley St, Indooroopilly

This workshop for clergy and those involved in pastoral care will focus on understanding the implementation of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) in Queensland and what it means for pastoral care practice. 


9.30–9.45 am
Welcome and housekeeping —
The Right Rev’d Jeremy Greaves, Bishop for the Northern Region

9.40–9.50 am
Introduction — The Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage, Diocesan Hospital Ministry Coordinator
Defining VAD

9.50–10.30 am
A personal perspective Professor Liz Reymond
The process for a person requesting VAD.
Implications for the practice of pastoral care.

10.30–11.10 am
A medical perspective Professor Liz Reymond
How VAD will be administered.
Implications for the practice of pastoral care.  

Morning tea

11.30–12.10 am
A legal perspective Dr Katrine Del Villar
The Act.
Implications for the practice of pastoral care.  


12.40–1.10 pm
Conscientious objection — Bishop Jeremy Greaves
How you might respond.

1.10–3.30 pm (with a brief break in the middle)
A pastoral care overview workshop — The Rev’d Canon Cheryl Selvage
What to expect and how you might respond to recipient, family, friends, and community – including liturgically.

  1. Lead up – decision making
  2. Post decision making
  3. End of life
  4. Post end of life


Professor Liz Reymond MBBS (Hons), PhD, FRACGP, FAChPM is the deputy director of the Metro South Palliative Care Service and director of the Brisbane South Palliative Care Collaboration.

Dr Katrine Del Villar is a postdoctoral research fellow at QUT, where she teaches medical law and ethics and statutory interpretation.  She was a member of the team which developed the voluntary assisted dying mandatory training for participating practitioners in Queensland and Western Australia. She researches voluntary assisted dying and mental health law.

This is a free event with morning tea and lunch provided. Please indicate dietary requirements on the registration form. 

For event enquiries, please contact the Parishes and Other Mission Agencies Commission: phone 3835 2285 or email [email protected].