Launch of the Clinical Ethics Resource featuring Professor Julian Savulescu

26 September 2011


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The Centre for Health Governance, Law & Ethics and the Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM) are pleased to present the launch of the Clinical Ethics Resource website, sponsored by NSW Health. The launch will also feature a presentation by Professor Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford, who will discussThe Futility of Futility.

In modern times death has, for most of us, become a managed process, where treatment is selectively withheld and withdrawn, commonly on grounds of futility. In this paper Professor Savulescu argues that the concept of medical futility is deeply flawed. He will argue that judgements of medical futility are really covert judgements of best interests, which are frequently mistaken, or judgements about distributive justice. Decisions about medical futility would be best reframed as explicit resource allocation and distributive justice issues.

The evening will also feature the launch of the Clinical Ethics Resource:

The Clinical Ethics Resource aims toprovide an extensive range of resources addressing the ethical and legal issues experienced by those working in clinical environments. Health professionals face challenging issues on a daily basis. This website seeks to offer resources and best practice guidelines to assist with those decisions.

The website is part of a larger study into the practice of clinical ethics in New South Wales, sponsored by NSW Health. The aim of the project is to identify what resources are necessary to develop clinical ethics capacity within the New South Wales health system, for example providing clinical ethics committees and/or making clinical ethics training more widely available. This web-based resource is aimed at providing initial support to people who are looking for further information and resources.

Guest presenters:

Professor Julian Savulescu is Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is also Director for the Program on Ethics and New Biosciences in the James Martin 21st Century School. Previously, he was editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and Director of the Ethics of Genetics Unit at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne and has held a range of ethicist positions in both Australia and the UK. He is qualified in medicine, bioethics and analytic philosophy and has been published in many international journals including the British Medical Journal, Lancet and The Australasian Journal of Philosophy and Bioethics.

The Clinical Ethics Resource will be launched by Dr Greg Stewart, Deputy Director General of NSWHealth.

Dr Greg StewartMBBS, MPH, FRACMA, FAFPHM is the Director of Population Health for the NSW Health Reform Transition Organisation (Western). He was previously Chief Health Officer of NSW; Chief Executive Officer of Wentworth Area Health Service; Director of Health Services of Central Sydney Area Health Service; and Director of the Public Health Unit of South Western Sydney Area Health Service. Greg is a member of the NSW Medical Council and the Boards of Sydney Water and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and is the Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine. He has chaired the NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel since its inception in 2003.

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Time: 6.30-8pm (registration from 6pm)

Location: Sydney Law School, The Foyer (level 2), Building F10, Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Free - registration essential

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