Thursday 22 March 2018
St Vincent’s Clinic, Darlinghurst NSW
Professor Daniel Sulmasy MD PhD MACP
Professor of Biomedical Ethics
Georgetown University, Washington DC
Is it true that a doctor’s conscience has little place in the delivery of modern medical care? It has recently been argued that, if a doctor is not prepared to offer a service which is both legally permitted and wanted by a patient, then he or she should find another profession. This raises the following question: How should we assess arguments against a doctor’s right to refuse to provide a test or treatment based on a conscientious objection to the use of the desired intervention? In this lecture Daniel Sulmasy advanced an argument about the proper scope and limits of conscientious objection in healthcare.
Lectures from more recent years, together with invited speakers, are listed below. Recorded lectures can be accessed via the topic link.
|2017||Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney||Drive-thru healthcare: is there more to the healing relationship than supply and demand?|
|2016||Mr Mark Tedeschi AM QC,NSW Senior Crown Prosecutor and author of Murder at Myall Creek||John Hubert Plunkett: The Martin Luther King of colonial Australia and prosecutor of the Myall Creek massacre trials|
|2015||Associate Professor Justin Oakley, Monash University||What should surgical patients be told? The value and limits of medical transparency.|
|2014||Professor Wendy Rogers, Macquarie University||Over diagnosis: when too much medicine is bad for your health!|
|2013||Dr Steve Matthews, ACU||Musical memories and the way we were: musical therapy in progressive cognitive impairment.|
|2012||Dr Andrew McGee, Queensland University of Technology||My brain, my mind, my body: implications for stem cell research, end of life and organ donation.|
|2011||Dr Paul Biegler, Monash University||The ethical treatment of depression: shortcomings in contemporary practice.|
|2010||Dr John Forge, University of Sydney||The responsible scientist: ethical challenges of research and practice.|
|2009||Prof Greg Craven, ACU and Mr Edward Santow, University of Sydney||Human rights laws: a benefit to patients, participants in research, residents in nursing homes?|