The End of Life Review Committee

The End of Life Review Committee is appointed by the Minister of Health. The Committee includes a medical ethicist, a doctor specialising in end-of-life care, and one other health practitioner.

The role of the Committee is to:

  • consider reports provided by the doctor or nurse practitioner about the assisted death of a person under the Act
  • report to the Registrar whether it considers that the information contained in assisted death reports shows satisfactory compliance with the requirements of the Act
  • direct the Registrar to follow up on any information contained in an assisted death report if it considers the report does not show satisfactory compliance with the Act.

The Minister of Health has appointed these positions for a period of two years commencing on 7 November 2021. Secretariat support for the Committee will be provided by the Ministry of Health.

End of Life Review Committee members

Dr Dana Wensley

Dr Dana Wensley as a medical ethicist member. Dr Wensley (NZ European) is a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand and Commissioner for Resource Management Act hearings. She previously worked as a registered nurse, solicitor, and a senior research fellow. Since 2015, Dr Wensley has been a lawyer member of the National Ethics Advisory Committee and a community representative on the Hospital Advisory Committee at Nelson Marlborough DHB. Dr Wensley is also currently Chair of the Tasman District Council’s Regulatory Committee and Chair of the Accessibility for All Forum. She received her doctorate in Medical Law and Ethics from King’s College in London in 2006.

Ms Brenda Close

Ms Brenda Close (Ngāpuhi, Te Rarawa, Ngāti Maniapoto) as a health practitioner member of the Review Committee. Ms Close has been the Director of Nursing at Ashburton Rural Health Services since 2018 and is co-chair Māori of both the Nurses Executive New Zealand and the National Nurse Leaders Group. Ms Close has 31 years’ experience managing and handling sophisticated health needs of people in hospitals and communities across Aotearoa and Australia with a focus on indigenous health, clinical supervision and corporate and clinical governance.

Dr Jane Greville

Dr Jane Greville as a medical practitioner member who practises in end-of-life care. Dr Greville (NZ European) is a Palliative Care Consultant at Harbour Hospice in Auckland and previously worked as the Medical Officer at North Shore Hospice. Dr Greville previously served as a member on the board of Dove Hospice and has over 30 years’ experience working in health care, primarily in general practice, and has been working specifically in palliative care since 2013.

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