Last updated on: 7/16/2018 | Author:

Caitlin Mahar, PhD Biography

Adjunct Research Fellow at the Swinburne University of Technology
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"

“I find it depressing when any public discussion about improving the experience of dying is reduced to a debate about euthanasia in the opinion pages.

In the scientific community there’s a consensus our experience of pain and suffering isn’t simply biological. It’s related to our ideas about it – cultural beliefs, family involvement, fear and depression around dying — as well as the impact of socio-economic factors.

There are so many interesting and innovative approaches to dying. I think there are more productive ways to talk about how we can help.”

“‘It’s Quite a Recent Thing to Believe Having a Doctor at Our Deathbed Administering Lots of Drugs Is a ‘Good Death’,”, May 1, 2017

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Adjunct Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, Arts, and Design, Swinburne University of Technology (Melbourne, Australia), 2017-present
  • Research Assistant, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne (Australia), 2012-2016
  • Lecturer, Literature Department, Trinity College Foundation Studies, University of Melbourne, 1996-2008
  • Research Assistant, Cultural Heritage Unity, School of Historical Studies, University of Melbourne, 2005-2006
  • PhD, History, University of Melbourne, 2016
  • Melbourne Teaching Certificate for Graduate Researchers, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, 2015
  • MA, Public/Applied History, Monash University, 2011
  • BA, honors, History and English, University of Melbourne, 1994
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Quoted in:
  1. Do Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide Ensure a Good Death?