Events

Roundtable workshop: ‘Testing for life? The sociology of diagnosis and screening’, 13-15 June 2018, Monash Prato Centre, Prato, Italy. Program

This roundtable workshop explored the social constitution of medical testing by addressing the sociocultural, political, legal and ethical forces that have shaped the significant increase in the use of medical tests, both in routine clinical practice and in screening programs. Discussions considered how different healthcare contexts across a range of geographical and political settings shape the meanings attributed to tests—their perceived applications, value and risks. In broad terms, the workshop addressed the contribution of social science to understanding the rise and expansion of diagnostic testing and screening.

We plan to publish a selection of papers on the topic in a special issue of Science, Technology & Society.  Titled ‘Testing for life?: Emergent regimes of sociotechnical governance’, the special issue aims to address the socio-technical, politico-economic and ethical implications of the rise and expansion of testing in healthcare. For more information or to contribute, please refer to our call for papers.

Roundtable discussion: ‘More harm than good? Research on the factors underpinning growth in testing, diagnosis and treatment in Australia’, Thursday, 10 August 2017, Monash Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Institute, Melbourne. Program

Presentations

Pienaar, K., Petersen, A., Bowman, D & Derrick, S. (2018). Evidence-making in expert accounts of cancer screening: Views of Australian health professionals. Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) Conference, Sydney, 29 Aug -1 Sept.

Petersen, A. (2018). Expectations in healthcare testing: a sociological perspective. Roundtable workshop: Testing for life? The sociology of diagnosis and screening, Prato, Italy, 13-15 June.

Pienaar, K., Petersen, A., Bowman, D & Derrick, S. (2018). Medical optimism, evidence and the production of scientific ‘facts’: An analysis of Australian breast and cervical cancer screening policies. Roundtable workshop: Testing for life? The sociology of diagnosis and screening, Prato, Italy, 13-15 June.

Derrick, S. (2018). Diagnostic testing and screening in Australia: An historical overview and initial classification system. Roundtable workshop: Testing for life? The sociology of diagnosis and screening, Prato, Italy, 13-15 June.

Pienaar, K., Petersen, A., Bowman, D & Derrick, S. (2018). How the construction of facts may shape expectations in healthcare testing: An analysis of breast and cervical screening policies in Australia.  European Society for Health and Medical Sociology Conference, Lisbon, 6-8 June.

Pienaar, K., Petersen, A., & Bowman, D. (2017). Medical optimism, evidence and the production of scientific facts: a sociological analysis of Australian cancer screening policies. The Sociological Association of Australia (TASA) Conference, Perth, 27-30 November