Dr Stephen Child and Danielle van Dalen on the End of Life Choice Act

August 11, 2020

This October, New Zealand will vote to determine if the End of Life Choice Act will come into force, legislation that would create a new system of legal assisted dying for people who meet certain criteria.

On this podcast we take a deep dive into the text of the End of Life Choice Act with Maxim Institute euthanasia researcher Danielle van Dalen, and Dr Stephen Child.

Stephen is a medical specialist, trained in Canada and has worked in Auckland since 1994. He’s had an extensive career in clinical education and medical politics, serving as the Chair of the NZMA (2015-2017) and currently serving as an elected member of the New Zealand Medical Council.

Danielle has been working on this topic since she started working at Maxim in 2016, doing international research, drafting submissions, and briefing MPs as the legislation progressed through Parliament.

We sat down together for a conversation about what the End of Life Choice Act entails, and what New Zealanders should know before they go to the polls.

For more of our written resources, including answers to the 14 most frequently asked questions we get on euthanasia, head to our End of Life Choice Information page, www.maxim.org.nz/eolc.

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