Paternalistic Professions: Is there a right to refuse medical treatment?

Southern Health’s Clinical Ethics Committee and the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University are proud to present a Hypothetical: “Paternalistic Professions: Is there a right to refuse medical treatment?”

A group of Australia’s leading experts from ethics, legal and medical professions, health care administration and law reform have been invited to form a guest panel. The focus of the discussion will be whether individuals are capable of determining their own medical care and treatment options or whether this has been superseded by medical and legal paternalism in a hypothetical.

Wednesday 05 September 2012 

Refreshments from 5.00 pm 

Hypothetical Panel Discussion: 5.30 – 6.30pm 

Lecture Theatre 1, Monash Medical Centre Clayton 

A/Prof Michael Selgelid, Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
Dr Bill Shearer, Medical Director, Critical Care Program, Southern Health
Prof Don Campbell, Head of General Medicine, Southern Health/ Monash Uni
A/Prof Erwin Loh, Executive Director, Medical Services and Quality, Southern Health
Dr Sally Middleton, Chair, Clinical Ethics Committee, Southern Health
Prof Louise Newman, AM, Professor of Developmental Psychiatry, Monash Uni
Prof Neil Rees, Former Chair, Victorian Law Reform Commission
Prof Julian Savulescu, Ethicist, Oxford University / Monash Uni
Mr John Snowdon, Corporate Counsel, Southern Health

Professor Julian Savulescu who is a Romanian-Australian philosopher and bioethicist. He is Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, and Head of the Melbourne–Oxford Stem Cell Collaboration, which is devoted to examining the ethical implications of cloning and embryonic stem cell research. He currently holds a Visiting Professorship with Monash University in the Centre for Human Bioethics. He was awarded in 2009, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Monash University where he completed his medical degree followed by a PhD in philosophy. He was presented by the Prime Minister in 2009 an award for being the winner of the category for the top emerging thinker by Weekend Australian Magazine in their series “100 Emerging Leaders”.

Free Event. No RSVP is required to attend this event.

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