Medical Assistance and Dying, and Mature Minors: where are we now?

Last modified by Doug Maynard on 2019/03/28 14:06

In June of 2016, the Government of Canada introduced bill C-14, which paved the way for medical assistance in dying (MAID). Part of the initial legislation specifically excluded minors from being eligible for MAID, however the government committed to performing an independent review to consider mature minors as persons eligible for MAID at some point in the future.

Join us as we hear from Dr. Dawn Davies, palliative care physician at CHEO and Roger Neilson's House in Ottawa, who will provide some insight into the current state of the legislation, and the review to potentially include mature minors in the current legislation.
Attendees will:

  1. Describe some of the key milestones that led to Canadian legislation that allows MAID for adults 18 years and older.
  2. Describe the legal concept of mature minor, and how mature minors are currently involved in their health care decisions.
  3. The ethical debate about the possible inclusion or continued exclusion of mature minors from MAID in Canada

DawnDavies-1.jpgDr. Dawn Davies

Dr. Dawn Davies, BScN, MD, FRCPC, MA, practiced as a registered nurse before graduating from McMaster University medical school (1993). Dawn completed her pediatric residency at the University of Alberta (1997). Following a one-year McEachern Fellowship (Canadian Cancer Society, 1999), she returned to the University of Alberta, where she was Medical Director of the Pediatric Palliative Care Program for nearly 20 years. In July 2018, Dawn joined the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario's Palliative Care Program and Roger Neilson House in Ottawa.

Dawn received her MA (Health Care Ethics and Law) from the University of Manchester UK in 2011. She is current Chair of the Bioethics Committee, Canadian Paediatric Society. She has recently undertaken two surveys of Canadian pediatric clinicians to better understand their attitudes about the issue of MAID for minors, and historic requests of parents/minors for MAID. She is one of the leading experts in Canada on the issue of MAID for mature minors.