FORTHCOMING EVENTS in 2013
Medical Treatment at the End of Life: Current Ethical and Clinical Issues
Public Lecture by Professor Jochen Vollman, 7 March, 2013
90 Ocean Street
Woollahra NSW 2025
Info Tel. +61 2 8356 8312
How do we want to die in the age of modern medicine?
The steady development and expansion of medical technologies of the last years lead in various sectors, such as life-prolonging measures, to enormous medical successes. But with the opening of new possibilities to further medical treatment new doubts arose and questions concerning the patients’ right to self-determination and the definition and valuation of life newly formed and became an important part of political and societal discussion.
Issues of end-of-life decision making in intensive care units, hospitals and nursing homes are widely discussed not only in medicine, ethics but also in the general public.
Prof. Vollmanns’ public lecture will cover clinical and ethical perspectives as well as issues of advance care planning, patient involvement, shared decision making and surrogate decision making e.g. advance directives.
Professor Jochen Vollman
Professor Jochen Vollmann, a well-known medical ethicist from Germany and visiting professor at the University of Sydney, presents the current debate in Germany and Europe. He published various books about the topic, participated in different ethics advisory commissions and thereby shaped the discourse about ethical medical treatment significantly. Currently he is director of the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine
at Ruhr University Bochum and furthermore president of the Centre for Medical Ethics in Bochum. He is an expert on the topic of medical treatment at the end of life and has the ability to view it from various different angles and perspectives. As a doctor of philosophy he is competent in questions of morality and ethics and as a physician he is equipped with the necessary medical know-how as well as experiences with patients and psychological knowledge through his advanced training in psychiatry and psychotherapy.
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Biopolitics of Science Seminar Series
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