McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Physician assistant co-chairs advisory group on physician-assisted dying

Published: August 20, 2015
Maureen Taylor
Maureen Taylor, a physician assistant and medical journalist, will co-chair an advisory group on physician-assisted dying.

One of the first physician assistants to graduate from McMaster University has been chosen to co-chair an expert advisory group established by the Ontario government on physician-assisted dying.

Maureen Taylor, an alumna from the first class to graduate with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Physician Assistant) degree in 2010, works as a physician assistant in infectious diseases and as a medical journalist. She will co-chair the team of patient, health care, ethics and legal experts from 11 provinces and territories across Canada. The group will focus on the needs of patients and their families.

The group will complement the external panel set by the federal government following the Supreme Court of Canada's decision to strike down the federal law prohibiting physician-assisted dying.

"Canadians across the country have said they want options for end-of-life care, including the option of physician-assisted dying. Individual choice, patient access and protection of vulnerable populations will be key considerations as we examine how physician-assisted dying will be integrated into our health care system," said Taylor.

Valid XHTML 1.0 Transitional Level Double-A conformance, W3C WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0