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The WA Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019


The Association for Culturally Appropriate Services (AfCAS) in partnership with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) are delighted to invite you to a seminar on a Aged Care Language Services.

The seminar aims to: 
•    Provide information on what is currently available in language services, resources, and technology to assist in accessing those resources and strategies that enable vulnerable Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) clients to access information they need to make good choices around their health and well-being
•    Support interpreters and translators with their understanding to support Aged Care Sector.
•    Support ethnic diverse communities to support them to access the best for their loved ones while making important decision during financing.


Fatih Karakas
All Graduates


Fatih Karakas is the Head of Training at All Graduates. He also teaches Translation and Interpreting at RMIT University. Fatih is particularly interested in teaching T&I with a focus on providing non-language specific training via online Learning Management Systems. He is also a NAATI certified Turkish Interpreter and Translator.

On 19 June 2019, the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2017 came into effect in Victoria. Fatih Karakas will present on the experiences of Victorian Interpreters in VAD settings since the introduction of the act, analysing how practitioners have been involved, how their involvement affected them and what kind of support they received pre and post assignment.


Sabena Lund

Palliative Care WA

Sabena Lund is Community Education and Projects Officer with Palliative Care WA. Trained as a counselling psychologist, Sabena is passionate about supporting people to live as well as they can, and to have a say in their care at the last stage of life.

This Presentation will cover the role of palliative care in helping someone who has an active, progressive, advancing illness to manage their symptoms and to have as much quality of life as possible. It will also cover the importance of planning for future care.


Haydn Rigby

ECU - School of Business and Law 

Haydn was admitted to legal practice in WA in 1988 and has divided his time between practicing law and academic. Haydn has practiced in almost all areas of law including wills, probate and guardian issues. he is currently a full time lecturer at ECU's School of Business and Law.

Haydn will give a brief overview of the VAD legal framework before addressing some of the legal challenges that may arise for Interpreters and Translators within that framework. These include legal compliance and reporting requirements generally as well as, more specifically, how translators may effectively convey legal concepts when explaining the VAD process to persons whose cultures do not easily embrace western legal thinking.

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Dr. Simon Towler

WA Department of Health

Simon is a staff specialist in intensive care and Clinical Lead for End of Life Care, Department of Health. In this role, he is involved in the implementation of key commitments made by the WA Government including the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019 and recommendations regarding advance health directives and advance care planning.

Simon will provide an introduction to the Voluntary Assisted Dying Act 2019, including patient eligibility criteria, discussing the topic of voluntary assisted dying and an overview of the process to access voluntary assisted dying. The presentation will also provide an overview of where health professionals and individuals can go for more information and support.


Mary Gurgone

Association for Culturally Appropriate Services (AfCAS)

Mary Gurgone, Director of the Centre for Capability and Culture, has extensive experience in the Government, private sector and community. As Director of the WA Partners In Culturally Appropriate Care(2016-2020), she supported ethnic care providers and their communities to form the Association for Culturally Appropriate Services. She was appointed to the NAATI Board in November 2014. She is a founding member, Fellow and former National President of the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators. 

As a long-term carer, she developed practical national, State and local programs for service providers with culturally and linguistically diverse(CALD) clients. 
Mary will focus CALD community perspectives in in WA, taking into account family carers’ experiences and the multicultural and multilingual nature of WA families.

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