Date: Location: Time: Cost:
19th February 2016 Royal College of Physicians
of Ireland,
Kildare Street,
Dublin 2
08:30 – 15:20 Legal and Medical Professionals €200.00* inclusive of VAT
Students/NGOs/Representative Organisations – €25* (proof required).
(*includes lunch and tea/coffee)

The long-awaited Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 was passed in December 2015. The 2015 Act replaces the ward of court system grounded on the ‘best interests principle’ with a comprehensive statutory framework based on the will and preferences model to assist people in exercising their decision-making capacity. This 1-day intensive masterclass looks at the medical, legal and ethical implications of the new legislation in theory and in practice from the perspective of lawyers and medical professionals.

Programme details:

Time Description
09:30 Opening Remarks by Ms Justice Marie Baker
09:30 Opening Remarks by Ms Justice Marie Baker
Session 1 – Chair: Ms Justice Marie Baker
09:40 The International Human Rights Framework: Putting the Assisted Decision-Making
(Capacity) Legislation into Context
Speaker: Dr Charles O’Mahony, NUIG
10:20 Legal Principles of the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Legislation
Speaker: Professor Mary Donnelly, UCC
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee and Networking
11:00 – 11:20 Coffee and Networking
Session 2 – Chair: Professor David Smith (RCSI)
11:20 Mechanisms in the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Legislation
Speaker: Patricia Richard Clarke
12:00 Advance Care Directives
Speaker: Dr Adam McAuley, DCU
12:40 – 14:00 Lunch and Networking
Session 3 – Chair: Professor Michael Doherty (Maynooth University)
14:00 Implications of Advance Care Directives from an Ethical Perspective
Speaker: Dr Joan McCarthy, UCC
14:40 Implications of the 2015 Act from a Clinical Perspective
Speaker: Professor Brendan Kelly, UCD, Mater Hospital
15:10 Closing Remarks by Chair
15:20 Programme Close