1 October 2008: Australian Catholic University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Craven will moderate a public forum exploring issues of conscientious objection in the Victorian Abortion Reform Bill next Monday, 6 October 2008.
“Conscientious objection – A right for all health professionals” will feature notable academics who will discuss conscientious objection from professional, philosophical, legal and ethical perspectives. The forum will examine the implications of this issue in clinical practice and for Victorian health generally.
Forum speakers include:
Professor Frank Brennan on “Human Rights Law and Freedom of Conscience”
Professor Brennan is Professor of Law in the Institute of Legal Studies at the Australian Catholic University and a nationally recognised human rights commentator.
Associate Professor Nicholas Tonti-Filippini on “Ethics and Professional Conscience”
Associate Professor Tonti-Filippini is Associate Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family in Melbourne and a bioethicist and consultant on health ethics at a state and federal level.
Dr Helen McCabe on “The Health Professional Context on Conscientious Objection”
Dr McCabe is a research associate at the Plunkett Centre for Health Care Ethics and is a registered nurse.
Event: Conscientious Objection Public Forum
When: 5:00 – 6:30 pm, Monday 6 October
Where: Mercy Lecture Theatre
ACU Melbourne Campus
115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
Australian Catholic University (ACU) - established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university - is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.