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Not all ethical dilemmas are matters of life and death, but in the world of medicine many of them can be. Every day our doctors and scientists are called on to make judgements and choices, and the moral values that inform them make all the difference. If medical ethics extend beyond the Hippocratic Oath, what are the burning considerations and how do they manifest themselves?
Questions of pain management and patients' bills of rights, confidentiality and consent, eugenics and euthanasia, the right to choice and the issue of stem cell research will be considered by our panel of experts. ‘First do no harm’ never seemed so difficult.
Chaired by Helen MacDonald
Professor Paul Myles is Head of the Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine at the Alfred Hospital and Monash University.
Professor Paul Komesaroff is a physician, medical researcher and philosopher at Monash University in Melbourne, where he is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Ethics in Medicine and Society.
Helen MacDonald’s latest book is Possessing the Dead and she has previously won the Premier’s Literary Award.
Jacinta Halloran is a Melbourne GP and writer. She has written on medical topics for a wide variety of publications, including the Sunday Age and Inside Story. Her second novel, Pilgrimage, was recently published (Scribe Publications, 2012).
What do we talk about when we talk about ethics? Questions of moral philosophy affect all facets of our everyday existence. There are fundamentals of decency, of responsibility, of community, that underpin and define our society, but what are they?
Every second month throughout 2010 Australia’s finest ethical thinkers and industry experts will come together to tease out those principles that run deeper than our Codes & Practices, our Rules & Regulations. How might we live an ethical life in the minefield of contemporary relations?