Physician Assisted Dying – Implications at the Point of Care

On April 30th, EHL partnered with Dalhousie Medical Students’ Society (DMSS) to host an event to discuss the historic ruling by the Supreme Court to allow for physician assisted dying. EHL and the DMSS brought together an expert panel to discuss the implications for patients, families, system leaders, decision makers and clinicians at the point of care.

We had over 160 people including students from health professional programs (i.e. health administration, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy), health professionals and members of the public in attendance. Evaluations from the event indicate that attendees found this to be a worthwhile and informative evening. The Executive of EHL Nova Scotia would like to thank the DMSS for partnering with us in order to make this event a success and to our panelists for their insightful comments on this topic.

Panelists included:

  • Jocelyn Downie – Dalhousie University, Professor of Law & Medicine
  • Douglas (Gus) Grant – Physician, Registrar & CEO, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia
  • David Dupere – Physician, Division of Palliative Medicine
  • Sheilia Sperry – Patient Advocate, Dying with Dignity

If you missed out on this event and would like to learn more, The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia will be hosting a panel discussion on May 22nd highlighting“The Moral and Professional Implications of the Supreme Court Decision on Physician-Assisted Dying”

Visit for more information on how to register for this event


(Left to Right: Dr. Gust Grant, Sheilia Sperry, Dr. Jocelyn Downie & Dr. David Dupere)