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Professor Hans van Delden

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Professor Hans van Delden

Professor Johannes JM van Delden is a professor of medical ethics at the medical school of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and director of education at the Julius Center for Health Sciences.

Ever since working as a house officer at an intensive care ward he has been highly interested in medical ethics. Professor van Delden wrote a thesis on the medical and ethical aspects of 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders, and was one of the principal researchers of the study of medical decisions concerning the end of life for the Remmelink committee. He was secretary of the International Association of Bioethics. As a full professor of medical ethics he has built an academic group within the Utrecht University Medical Center. The special fields of interest of this group are: research ethics, moral problems at the end of life and moral problems in the care for the elderly. He is currently the chair of the International Bioethics Committee at UNESCO and the president of CIOMS.

Professor Hans van Delden will discuss the euthanasia law that came into effect in 2002 and the way that societal control (by means of the euthanasia assessment committees) is shaped. He will present the results of five large nation-wide studies performed in the Netherlands between 1990 and 2010 and present the trends in incidences of end of life decisions such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, palliative sedation and non-treatment decisions in medical practice in the Netherlands.

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Lecture Recording: Euthanasia in the Netherlands - Medical practice and societal control

Recorded 5 May 2016 at the University of Adelaide

 

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