Medicine: Who cares? symposium

4 October 2012

Is medicine too powerful, out of touch with patients and lacking in compassion? Is it overly expensive, and failing to maintain standards of care and safety? If so, why do doctors remain among the most highly trusted professionals?

Health is everyone's business.

This symposium will ask:

  • What kind of ethics do doctors actually espouse?
  • How should we ration scarce resources?
  • How well does current education and training work?
  • If knowledge is the key to medical reform, what kinds of knowledge are required?
  • What kinds of evidence should underpin medical practice?

The Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine has been engaged in a program of research about the place of values in medical practice, thought and education. Our results address these questions and challenge many of the critiques of medicine. Please join us to debate these matters.

Our Keynote Speaker at the symposium isProfessor Ross Upshur, Canada Research Chair in Primary Care Research and Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto. Professor Upshur is additionally Adjunct Scientist at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences, an affiliate of the Institute of the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology and a member of the Centre for Environment. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Geography and Earth Sciences and Associate Member of the Institute of Environment and Health at McMaster University. He is also a member of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Additionally, we have senior academics from five Australian universities speaking at the symposium.

Time: 9.00am - 5.30pm

Location: The Refectory, Level 4 Holme Building, Science Road, University of Sydney

Cost: $120 with a limited number of discounted student places available. Please RSVP by 2 October.

Contact: Pippa Markham

Phone: 90363431

Email: 756a616564001855

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