Assisted dying

Date Published: 
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dr Kate Grundy discusses what general practice needs to know about assisted dying and the New Zealand End of Life Choice Act 2019.



  • 00:00 Intro
  • 01:00 What does assisted dying mean?
  • 02:27 Who is eligible for assisted dying?
  • 08:31 Informed consent
  • 14:02 Can a health professional opt out?
  • 19:34 Decisions that an eligible person has to make about their assisted death?
  • 24:20 What is the role for the family in this process?
  • 26:08 How does this process sit with different cultural groups- are there any equity issues you can see as the act is implemented?
  • 30:08 being aware of Coercion
  • 32:36 Take home messsages


Take-home messages

  • Think about your own personal views and position, then talk amongst your peer group
  • Practice how you might tackle that very first conversation
  • Be prepared that your views may change over time
  • Be well prepared. Get all the training if you choose to go ahead
  • Familiarise yourself with local palliative care services.





Kate Grundy
Palliative Medicine Physician

Kate Grundy is a palliative care physician working at CDHB. She is the Clinical Director of Palliative Care at Christchurch Hospital and the Chair of CDHB Clinical Ethics Advisory group.

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