Understanding Medical Assistance in Dying – Kelsey Goforth

In response to several requests for more information about medical assistance in dying (MAiD), CPFF hosted a webinar to help increase understanding of the complex processes involved in accessing MAiD.

During this webinar, Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) Director of Programs Kelsey Goforth clarifies what the procedure entails, how to go about applying for it, and any other important considerations. Kelsey also addresses questions from live webinar participants, including considerations for people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF).

You will learn about:

  • the history and court cases that gave rise to the current MAID legislation, Bill C-7, which came into effect in March 2021
  • eligibility criteria
  • the process to access MAiD
  • safeguards
  • resources available to patients and providers
  • relevant statistics

About Kelsey Goforth

Kelsey is the Director of Programs at Dying With Dignity Canada and has been a staff member with the organization since 2015. She is a graduate of Douglas College’s end-of-life doula program and Centennial College’s Thanatology Certificate program. She has completed a Patient Navigation Certificate from the Health Leadership and Learning Network at York University as well as training in grief literacy. She has also completed Pallium Canada’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) course. Kelsey is a recipient of the 2019 Alumni of Influence Award from University College, University of Toronto where she completed her undergraduate studies in political science.