HOPE 2015 International Symposium

International Symposium on Euthanasia
Adelaide 22nd & 23rd May 2015*

“Standing Strong, Together”

*Welcoming people who oppose the introduction of euthanasia & assisted suicide laws.

*Leaders Sessions: (2:00 to 5:00 pm Friday 22nd May)

Sessions will be chaired by Alex Schadenberg and Paul Russell, and will look to develop and further develop creative relationships amongst leaders from across the globe.

*Medical Sessions: (1:00 to 5:00 pm Friday 22nd May)

Sessions will cover updates on palliative care pain and symptom management, issues around nursing in a palliative and aged care context, medical ethics, legal issues and public engagement.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Paul Dunne AM — Former head of Palliative medicine in Tasmania and a Senior Palliative Care Specialist with over 20 years of experience.
  • Sue Hanson — National Director of Clinical Services for Calvary Care and Chair of the Palliative Care National Standards Assessment Program (NSAP) Steering Committee.


*above sessions are designed specifically for particular persons (as indicated).

Main Symposium: (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday 23rd May)

NB: programme may be subject to minor changes.

ADEL-trams-and-city8:00 am  Registrations
8:30 am  Welcome and scene-setting address by Dutch Professor Dr Theo Boer (via video)
9:10 am  Brief reports on what’s happening around the world.
10:00 am  Setting the scene: testimonies from people affected by euthanasia & assisted suicide.  Including a testimony from Belgian academic Tom Mortier on the tragic euthanasia death of his mother.
11:00 am  Morning tea
11:30 am  Snapshots of effective campaigning from across the globe.  Presented by leaders from various countries.
12:10 am  Effective Partnerships – examples local and international of the positive effect of creative partnerships.
1:15 pm  Lunch
2:00 pm  Making the message work.  Two short presentations on the do’s and don’ts of effective messaging followed by a Q & A format.
2:45 pm  Medical Issues, ethics and data.  Dr Paul Dunne AM will talk about the myths and reality of ‘double effect’.  Henk Reitsema will explain the results of his study into the use of ‘Continuous Deep Sedation’ in The Netherlands.  Alex Schadenberg will talk about the research data and how to use it well.  There will also be a presentation on the ethics of the euthanasia debate.
4:00pm  Afternoon tea
4:30pm  Where to from here?  Alex Schadenberg will summarize the event and explain the role of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition International in supporting local efforts.  Paul Russell will explain HOPE’s ‘Winning Back the Culture’ media project.
5:20 pm  Opportunity for final questions and observations.
5:40 pm  Close of Symposium
7:00 pm  Symposium Dinner.  Guest Speaker to be announced.

#HOPE2015 Partners

  • Euthanasia Free New Zealand
  • Lives Worth Living
  • EPC International
  • Doctors Opposed to Euthanasia