Topical issues debated at Bioethics Colloquium

Friday, 6 February 2009

6 February 2009: The fifth National Colloquium for Catholic Bioethicists was officially opened on Sunday 25 January at Australian Catholic University (ACU) by Pro Vice Chancellor Gabrielle McMullen.

The Colloquium was held in Melbourne from 25-28 January 2009, and the theme of the event was Ethical and Pastoral issues in Care of the Ageing and at the End of Life.

The Colloquium commenced with a key note address from Bishop Christopher Prowse who presented on human suffering and focused on themes of hope, witness and redemption.

A public forum then followed before Dr Adam Cooper launched his book Life in the Flesh: An Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy.

Professionals engaged in research and teaching in bioethics were invited to the Colloquium with attendees from a variety of fields including the health profession, law, social science, philosophy and theology.

The successful four day event was sponsored by ACU and held at various locations across Melbourne.  Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven and academics from ACU joined bioethicists from around Australia to discuss and debate these highly topical issues.

Ms Joanne Grainger, Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery explored some of the contemporary cultural influences in Australian society upon public and health professional’s determination of what constitutes a ‘good death’ in end of life care, in her presentation. 

Ms Grainger and Professor Ozolins, Head of School of Philosophy, who also presented at the Colloquium, will both be representing ACU at the International Association of Catholic Bioethicists Colloquium in Germany from 12-16 of July.

More information can be found at the website: