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Bioethics Seminar: Ethics and Ebola: Prevailing Ethical Conditions and the Work of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues

Monday, 10 April 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Dunedin. Also video-linked at UOC and UOW.

Elizabeth Fenton discuses the significant ethical challenges that emerged during the 2014-2015 Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

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Bioethics Seminar: Health and Disability Commission Right 7(4) Consultation: health and disability research involving adults who are unable to provide informed consent.

Monday, 3 April 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video-linked to Wellington and Christchurch campus.

The Health and Disability Commission has initiated a consultation regarding the impact of Right 7(4) of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights on research involving adults who are unable to provide informed consent.  This seminar introduces some of the relevant conceptual issues and invites general discussion about three case studies proposed in the Consultation document.

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Doctors in Denial

Wednesday, 29 March 2017 - 71 Frederick Street, Hunter Centre Annex Room G10, corner of Frederick Street & Great King Street, (access from carpark ).

Ronald W Jones, author of "Doctors in Denial: the forgotten women in the 'Unfortunate Experiment," discusses his time at National Women's Hospital and his role in helping to expose the truth about Herbert Green’s cervical cancer study.

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Bioethics Seminar: ‘Undesirable Bill’s Undesirables Bill: William Pember Reeves and eugenics in 1890s New Zealand.'

Monday, 27 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin.

John Stenhouse discusses the Undesirable Immigrants Exclusion Bill of 1894 and how and why it sparked so much public criticism.

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Bioethics Seminar | Resource allocation in psychiatry

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Dr Richard Mullen, Psychiatrist, Southern District Health Board

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Bioethics Seminar: Resource Allocation in Psychiatry

Monday, 20 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).


Limited resources, and therefore dilemmas about resource allocation, are an inescapable part of clinical practice.

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Bioethics Seminar: Images of Anatomy: Reflections on a Mirror

Monday, 13 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).

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Bioethics Seminar | Images of anatomy: Reflections on a mirror

Monday, 13 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 17 Frederick Street
Presented by Dr Katherine H. Hall, Department of General Practice and Rural Health, Dunedin School of Medicine

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Bioethics Seminar | How to think about enhancement: A welfarist approach

Monday, 6 March 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, First Floor, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Hazem Zohny, Bioethics Centre

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Bioethics Seminar: How to think about enhancement: A welfarist approach

Monday, 6 February 2017 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, Level 1, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Also video linked:To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance:Wellington School of Medicine Room C31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nzPlease note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Hazem Zohny discusses the concept of enhancement, presenting a proposal that deploys a welfarist approach as a response to the concern that enhancements may exacerbate inequalities or heighten distributive injustice.

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Public lecture: Can't you hear that lonesome whistle blow? Why medical researchers stay silent about wrongdoing

Saturday, 28 January 2017 - The Hunter Centre, Corner of Great King Street and Frederick Street, Dunedin
Why are health research whistleblowers so rare? The Bioethics Centre hosts Professor Carl Elliott to discuss this compelling ethical quandary.

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Public lecture: Bioethics, biobanks, and big data

Friday, 27 January 2017 - The Hunter Centre, Corner of Great King Street and Frederick Street, Dunedin
Who can—and should—access your medical information? The Bioethics Centre hosts Dr Angela Ballantyne for a cutting edge discussion concerning healthcare and 'big data'

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New Zealand Bioethics Conference: Bioethics and Health Law in the Information Age

Friday, 27 January 2017 - The Hunter Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand
Hosted by the Bioethics Centre in Dunedin, New Zealand

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Dean’s Open Lecture Series 2016

Tuesday, 6 December 2016 - Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre | University of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown
Politics and Public Health - Professor Sir David Skegg. What do we mean by the word ‘health’? To what extent do New Zealanders enjoy good health?

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Investigations into organ harvesting in China

Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - Nordmeyer Theatre | University of Otago, Wellington | 23a Mein Street, Newtown
Former Canadian Cabinet Minister, the Hon David Kilgour (along with David Matas and Ethan Gutmann), recently released new research suggesting that forced organ harvesting in China has been much more widespread than previously thought.

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Bioethics seminar: Music in experience and in being

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, Level 1, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also Video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link (northern campuses), please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D27 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington: videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking currently in place will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.


Professor Martyn Evans discuses what neuroscience might have to say about the role of the imagination in musical experience.

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Thirst for knowledge: Where is my mind's I?

Monday, 31 October 2016 - Ombrellos Kitchen & Bar, 10 Clarendon Street, Dunedin
A sciencetastic gathering for enquiring minds…

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Bioethics Seminar: Community mental health: expanding the options

Monday, 17 October 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz . Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Jim Ross and Shyamala Nada-Raja describe their project to iteratively develop a broader approach to mental health through case studies in rural communities.

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Bioethics Seminar: Effective HIV vaccine development

Monday, 10 October 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Bioethics Centre, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).  Also video linked:
To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance:  Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  . Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Given the extent of the HIV epidemic, the potential benefit of an HIV vaccine is enormous. Mike King presents a moral criticism of researchers and funders that are devoting scarce resources to ineffective research programmes .

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Bioethics Seminar: “Agency, Autonomy and Assisting”: Three arrows that would wound New Zealand if current doctor assisted death proposals were established

Monday, 3 October 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz   Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.


Dr Janine Winters uses metaphors from Hamlet's famous soliloquy on ending one’s life to explore what harms the proposed legislation for doctor assisted death is likely to have in New Zealand.

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Bioethics Seminar: A New Zealand Cosmopolitan Vernacular of the ‘Right to Choose’ .

Monday, 26 September 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video-linked, to secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz   Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
Ruth Fitzgerald engages with feminist studies, critical disability theory and cosmopolitan ethics to search for a cosmopolitan vernacular of the ‘right to choose’ among people faced with the predicaments surrounding fetal genetic difference.

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Bioethics Seminar: (Mis)understandings and uses of “culture” in bioethics deliberations over parental refusals of treatment.

Monday, 19 September 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Ben Gray discuses cases where “Culture” was cited as one of the reasons for parental refusal of treatment. What lessons could be learned about how to manage the children in these difficult circumstances?

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Bioethics Seminar: We’re all in this together – an ethical obligation to share health data

Monday, 12 September 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room,Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance:Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register

Angela Ballantyne takes the idea of an obligation to share data and tests it against five objections in the literature.

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Bioethics Seminar: Plugging the Gap: Liberty Safeguards for People with Impaired Capacity

Monday, 5 September 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz   University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Alison Douglass outlines international developments and proposes law reform of mental capacity legislation that would create “liberty safeguards” within the New Zealand context.

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Bioethics Seminar: To Die for One’s Country – the Japanese Way

Monday, 22 August 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) . Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz   . University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  .Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Takashi Shogimen explores the distinctively Japanese way of dying for one’s country, highlighting an aspect of Japanese patriotism and discussing what dying means for the Japanese.

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Bioethics Seminar: Effaced enigmata: severe head injury and ethics before metaphysics.

Monday, 15 August 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Only with the emergence of a person from the process of restorative encounter can the issues associated with supported autonomy and the negotiation of treatment course and limits meaningfully be addressed.

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Bioethics Seminar: Creating a positive learning environment (the CAPLE Project).

Monday, 8 August 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin.  Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz  . University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Not all students fare well during their medical training. The toll on such students can be significant and includes doubts about career choice, mental health issues and the ‘inheritance’ of ongoing negative behaviours. The CAPLE research project aims to intervene. This seminar discusses all aspects of the project’s design, implementation and measurement, prior to its administration in the clinical arena.

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Medical Forum | The dilemmas of being both clinician and researcher

Wednesday, 3 August 2016 - Barnett Theatre, 1st Floor Dunedin Hospital
This presentation is based on collaborative research between Jean Hay-Smith (RTRU), Lynley Anderson (Bioethics Centre), and Gareth Treharne (Department of Psychology).

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Bioethics Seminar: The ethics of ‘Big(ish) Data’: a case study using a novel method of data extraction from General Practice electronic patient records

Monday, 1 August 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz  University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz . Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

The use of health sector ‘Big data’ heightens existing privacy concerns, and also produces new themes for ethical discussion and debate.

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Bioethics Seminar: Five Criteria of Moral Facts: An Early Modern Philosophical Argument and Contemporary Neuroscience Evidences for Moral Realism

Monday, 25 July 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin
Wellington School of Medicine Room D31
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11

Professor Howard M. Ducharme from the University of Akron discusses five criteria for moral facts.

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Bioethics Seminar: Incompetent adults as participants in health research: The need for legal reform

Monday, 18 July 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin.  Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

Nicola Peart and Joanna Manning consider the arguments for and against the inclusion of incompetent adults in health research and discuss proposals for reform of the law.

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Bioethics Seminar: 'Last Cab to Darwin' and the current euthanasia debate

Monday, 11 July 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz
University of Otago Christchurch AV is unavailable for this session however a recording may be available afterwards (contact angela.french@otago.ac.nz) . Please note: if there is no registration (for Wellington in this case) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.

David Tombs discuss the similarities and differences between the film 'Last Cab to Darwin' and the real Max Bell story, exploring the relevance of the film to current debates on euthanasia,

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Bioethics Seminar: Animal consciousness and animal ethics

Monday, 30 May 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room,  Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin.  Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
Grant Gillett discusses reasons for differential treatment of animals.

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Bioethics Seminar: Dementia, identity, and advance decisions

Monday, 23 May 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked:To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
Simon Walker discuses how the challenges surrounding neuropsychological disorders and end of life decision-making might be conceptualised through traditional approaches to the philosophy of identity, and what are the implications of more recent ‘narrative’ and ‘relational’ models?

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Bioethics Seminar: Alliances as a new model for health care governance

Monday, 16 May 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin.  Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance:Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz  University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
Robin Gauld describes different health care governance models, including alliance governance and overviews New Zealand’s alliances. The example of Alliance South will be used to detail how alliance governance functions in practice.

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Bioethics Seminar: Alliances as a new model for health care governance

Monday, 16 May 2016 - Bioethics Centre, 71 Frederick Street (use Frederick Street entrance)
Presented by Professor Robin Gauld

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Bioethics seminar: Animals, sentience, and the law

Monday, 9 May 2016 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, Bioethics Centre, 71 Frederick Street
A seminar on a subject of interest in the Bioethics Centre: Animals, sentience, and the law

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Bioethics Seminar: Animals, sentience and the law

Monday, 9 May 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance: Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz . University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz  Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be terminated. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
This talk will examine the increasing prominence of the concept of ‘sentience’ within New Zealand’s animal welfare legislative framework

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Bioethics Seminar: Sports Concussion and Biopower

Monday, 2 May 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video linked: To secure the booking for this seminar video link in Christchurch and Wellington, please register your name for attendance:Wellington School of Medicine Room D31 Contact: Videoconferencing University of Otago Wellington videoconf.uow@otago.ac.nz University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11 Contact: Dean Pester: dean.pester@otago.ac.nz Please note: if there is no registration (for northern campuses) by the Thursday prior to the advertised seminar, the booking for that campus venue will be cancelled. Dunedin attendees do not need to register.
There has been a mounting body of evidence from 1968 until now about the detrimental and cumulative effect of subconcussive injury on the brain. Such effects impair both intellectual and emotional processing and their integration within a functioning personality...

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Bioethics seminar: Sports concussion and biopower

Monday, 2 May 2016 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street)
A presentation on the effects of multiple subconcussive events in sports people

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One Health: The added value of closer cooperation of human and veterinary medicine

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 - Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
One Health: The added value of closer cooperation of human and veterinary medicine

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Professor Haun Saussy (University of Chicago) 2014 University of Otago Distinguished De Carle Lecturer "Doctoring the State: Plato, Hobbes, Humboldt, Virchow"

Monday, 22 September 2014 - Burns 1
Professor Haun Saussy (University of Chicago) De Carle Lecture

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Medical intervention as an alternative to incarceration

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 - Barnett Lecture Theatre, Dunedin Hospital
A Medical Forum presentation by Dr Tom Douglas, Senior Research Fellow in the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics and Research Associate at Ghent University.

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“Where science and ethics meet: The case of IVF”

Tuesday, 18 March 2014 - D'Ath Lecture Theatre, 1st Floor, Hercus Building
Professor Gareth Jones from the Department of Anatomy

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Bioethics Seminar: Regulating emerging Biotechnologies: Prudent vigilance vs. the Precautionary principle

Monday, 17 March 2014 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St
(via car park entrance), Dunedin.

Please note: This session is unable to be video linked to Wellington & Christchurch today.

Visiting Professor John Arras, from the University of Virginia, discusses alternative strategies for regulating emerging biotechnologies...

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Bioethics seminar: ‘Incidental Findings’ during surgery: A surgical dilemma or the price paid for autonomy?

Monday, 10 March 2014 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St  (via car park entrance) Dunedin
Please note: This session is unable to be video linked today for Wellington & Christchurch

Dr Jeanne Snelling asks what might constitute an appropriate legal response to incidental findings during medical interventions?

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Bioethics Seminar: "Ruminations on Reflective Equilibrium as a Method in Practical Ethics"

Monday, 3 March 2014 - Room G05, 71 Frederick Street (via car park entrance) Dunedin
Video linked:
Wellington School of Medicine Room D27
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11

Professor John Arras discusses reflective equilibrium (RE) as a proposed method for doing practical ethics...What can/should we expect from a method in practical ethics?

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When in doubt: Biodiversity measurement and the cost of extinction

Saturday, 25 January 2014 - Hunter Centre, corner of Great King and Frederick Streets
Associate Professor James Maclaurin will deliver: "When in doubt: Biodiversity measurement and the cost of extinction" as part of the New Zealand Bioethics Conference.

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New Zealand Bioethics Conference

Friday, 24 January 2014 - The Hunter Centre, Dunedin, New Zealand
The 2014 New Zealand Bioethics Conference – "new questions new answers " will examine environmental ethics, clinical ethics consultation, ethics and the brain, clinical ethics and children, primary care ethics, methodology and bioethics.  Call for abstracts close 1 September 2013

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"Nuture, Nature or Neither?" - public talk by Professor Steve Jones FRS

Tuesday, 26 November 2013 - College of Education Auditorium, University of Otago
Professor Steve Jones, University College London, is touring New Zealand as guest of the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution

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William Evan's Public Lecture: "Sex, Drugs and Olympic Gold" by Professor Helen Lenskyj

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 - Archway 3, Union St East, Dunedin
Sex, Drugs and Olympic Gold

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Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversary Symposium - from Mirror Neurons to Moral Philosophy: Empathy and Embodied Wisdom

Tuesday, 5 November 2013 - Barnett Lecture Theatre
First Floor
Dunedin Hospital
Great King Street

Visiting Professor Fredrik Svenaeus from Södertörn University presents a public lecture as part of the Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversay Symposium.

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Interested in the Role of the Coroner?

Thursday, 17 October 2013 - Visitors' Office, 9th Floor Richardson Building
The Role of the Coroner - an Informal Conversation with Coroner Wallace Bain

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Inaugural Professorial Lecture

Wednesday, 9 October 2013 - Nordmeyer Lecture Theature, Wellington Campus
Pandemics, profits, and poverty: Protecting public health in the 21st century - Professor Michael Baker.

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Bioethics Seminar: Fredrik Svenaeus - Anorexia Nervosa and the Body Uncanny: A Phenomenological Approach

Monday, 7 October 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St
(via carpark entrance), Dunedin.

Video linked:
Wellington School of Medicine Room D27
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11

Visiting Professor Fredrik Svenaeus discusses the ways in which the body becomes alien in anorexia nervosa by way of a phenomenological analysis.

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"How to sum up the biological world" Dr Shinichi Nakagawa - 2013 Rowheath Trust Carl Smith Lecture

Thursday, 3 October 2013 - College of Education Auditorium, Union Street East, Dunedin
Dr Shinichi Nakagawa, 2013 Rowheath Trust Carl Smith Medal Lecture - Thursday 3 October 2013 at 5:30pm in the College of Education Auditorium

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Edward W. Said: Public Intellectual, Cultural Critic, Activist

Wednesday, 2 October 2013 - Department of Media, Film & Communication, University of Otago, Dunedin Campus, Richardson Building, 6th Floor, Room 6N4.
A One-Day Symposioum on Edward W. Said: public intellectual, cultural critic, activist. 

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Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversary Public Lectures: The case for legalising the use of performance enhancing drugs in sport

Thursday, 26 September 2013 - Barnett Lecture Theatre, First Floor, Dunedin Public Hospital, Great King Street
Julian Savulescu, Uehiro Professor of Practical Ethics, University of Oxford

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Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversary Symposium: Genetics and Ethics

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 - Octagonal Room, First Floor, Dunedin Hospital
Speakers include: Ruth Fitzgerald, Nikki Kerruish, Stephen Robertson, Hamish Spencer and Julian Savulescu

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Bioethics Seminar : Curing is not enough - Anna Holmes

Monday, 23 September 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St, (via carpark entrance), Dunedin



Failure to cure disease may lead to repeat interventions, incidentalomas and escalating health costs. How can this be addressed?

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Bioethics Centre 25th Anniversary Public Lectures: Fear and loathing in medical research

Thursday, 19 September 2013 - Barnett Lecture Theatre, First Floor, Dunedin Hospital, Great King Street
Professor Carl Elliott,  Centre of Bioethics and Department of Paediatrics, University of Minnesota Medical School.

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Suffrage Lecture 2013: The 21st Century Challenges to Gender Equality

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - Archway 2
Open lecture by Professor Margaret Wilson, Te Piringa/Faculty of Law, University of Waikato

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Valuation of Ecosystem Services: A toolbox or paradigm shift?

Wednesday, 18 September 2013 - 5N4, Geography Dept, Richardson Building, University of Otago 
Massey University's Marjan van den Belt asks "What is the value of ecosystems and the services/benefits derived from these ecosystems?"

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Human Participant Research Ethics: Principles and Practicalities

Monday, 9 September 2013 - Gazebo Lounge, University Union Building

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Bioethics Seminar: Ethics Education in Otago Medical School: what do we teach and why do we teach it?

Monday, 9 September 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St (via carpark entrance), Dunedin, Video linked: Wellington School of Medicine Room D27, University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11

Simon Walker, John McMillan and Lynne Bowyer report on the findings of their review of ethics teaching in the Otago Medical School so far, and invite comments and suggestions.

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Bioethics Seminar: Agreeing to disagree: the double-dichotomisation of debate about the cross-cultural validity of ADHD

Monday, 2 September 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St, (via carpark entrance), Dunedin, Video linked: Wellington School of Medicine Room D27, University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11
For two sides to disagree about something a level of agreement is necessary.  In much of the debate about the cross-cultural validity of ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) there is a surprising level of agreement...

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Career Options Outside of Academia for Doctoral Students

Thursday, 29 August 2013 - Commerce Building, room 2.20
Thinking of pursuing a career outside of academia?  What can you consider and how will you get there?

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Philosophy 2013 Dan & Gwen Taylor Lecture

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 - Archway 3 Lecture Theatre
Philosophy 2013 Dan and Gwen Taylor Lecture. Professor Brian Leiter (Chicago): Is Religion Special? Toleration, Conscience and Exemptions from the Law.

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Twitter Conference: Tweet Your Thesis!

Thursday, 22 August 2013
Participants have 6 tweets in which to present their research.

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Animals and Social Work

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 - 530 Castle Street, Dunedin, room C1 (Social Work Practice Suite)
This seminar begins with a brief historical overview of the connections between attempts by social agencies to protect animals as well as people, and outlines the impact of human rights and psychological discourses that have severed these early connections. Drawing on a recent report entitled 'Pets as Pawns' commissioned by Women's Refuge, this seminar moves on to examine the links between violence towards humans and towards animals. Implications for social work practice and policy will be discussed, with a chance for input from other practitioners.

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Chamber Debate 2013: That all supervisors must be trained in supervision!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 - Gazebo Lounge, University Union Building

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Bioethics Seminar - Tapu and the invention of the “Death Taboo”: a cross-cultural understanding of a Polynesian cultural concept

Monday, 19 August 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St, (via carpark entrance), Dunedin
Video linked with
Wellington School of Medicine, Room D27
University of Otago Christchurch Room 7.11

Helen Gilmore  - Death =  "taboo" or "tapu" ?  - Different cultural responses to issues of death and the dead.

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Looking beyond happy: Positive social outcomes of discrete positive social emotions

Monday, 19 August 2013 - William James Seminar Room, 103, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk
Dr Lisa Williams presents recent empirical data showing that positive social emotions such as pride and gratitude shape the way social processes play out across a variety of interpersonal settings, highlighting the broader role that positive emotions play in promoting social bonding. 

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Entrancing Media: Social science, contagious communication and collective mediated worlds

Friday, 16 August 2013 - R6N4
Dr John Farnsworth examines trance states and media technologies.

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Department of Public Health - Friday Seminar

Friday, 16 August 2013 - Small Lecture Theatre
Disability fault, blame and fight back: an historical perspective

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2013 Winter Lecture Series - Saviour Siblings and Criminal Genes: Law and technology in the 21st century

Thursday, 15 August 2013 -  Auckland Centre, Level 4, University of Otago House, 385 Queen Street, Auckland
Associate Professor Colin Gavaghan, Director of Emerging Technologies, Faculty of Law, Division of Humanities

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Biculturalism, multiculturalism and interculturalism: theological reflections on justice and cultural diversity

Thursday, 15 August 2013
The three terms in the title express different stances on the just treatment of cultural and religious diversity. Dr. Jonathan Chaplin, first Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics, responds to the terms from the standpoint of a theology of cultural justice.

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Bioethics Seminar: Alison Douglass and Greg Young - Is there a duty to assess competence?

Monday, 12 August 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St  (via carpark entrance), Dunedin, AV linked to Wellington Room D27, Christchurch Room 7.11

The triggers for capacity assessment, ethical imperatives and a patient’s “best interests”.

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Religious Voices in the Public Square

Friday, 9 August 2013 - AV Studio, Owheo Building, 133 Union Street East, Dunedin, (or watch on-line via the link)

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Enhancing our Heritage: Paradigm shifts for maximising conservation in New Zealand

Thursday, 8 August 2013 - Seminar room, 530 Castle St, Dunedin
Henrik Moller, a researcher at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability, on behalf of the Tahi Group, will discuss moving from the constant reiteration of conservation problems to a focus on developing and implementing solutions to these problems with the engagement of all New Zealanders.

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Genomics in paediatrics in the next 10 years - will it deliver on its promise?

Thursday, 8 August 2013 - Seminar Room, Third Floor, Children's Pavilion, Dunedin Hospital
Paediatric Seminar presented by Professor Stephen Robertson (Professor of Paediatric Genetics).

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The 'Golden Thread' - Enhancing Cohesion and Coherence in Academic Writing for Your Master's Thesis

Wednesday, 7 August 2013 - Gazebo Lounge, first floor, University Union Building
This workshop is for Social Sciences and Humanities Master’s thesis candidates and challenges you to think about your writing as carefully crafted prose.

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Getting Started with Twitter

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - Medical Library Seminar Room
Learn the ropes of tweeting

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Media Training for PhDs

Tuesday, 6 August 2013 - Gazebo Lounge, first floor, University Union Building
University of Otago Senior Communications Adviser Jo Galer will speak about media opportunities for PhD students.

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Bioethics Seminar - Robert Edwards: father of IVF, and melting pot of scientific and ethical conflict

Monday, 5 August 2013 - Room GO5, 71 Frederick St, (via carpark entrance), Dunedin.

One of the most revolutionary procedures in 20th century biomedicine - what can we learn from the early controversies?

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Student Animal Legal Defence Fund - Animal Law Week

Monday, 5 August 2013 - University Campus
Supported by the faculty of Law

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4th Australia-New Zealand Roundtable on Genomics

Sunday, 4 August 2013 - Queenstown
Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Next-Generation Methodologies, with particular reference to prenatal testing, general issues about managing incidental findings, and current issues in research involving Maori

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Issues in cultural supervision

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 - C1 530 Castle Street (Social Work Practice Suite)
Engaging in cultural supervision can add a valuable dimension to ensuring our safety as practitioners, both for ourselves and our clients. However, ensuring that cultural supervision is appropriate, worthwhile and supportive can be challenging, as can managing staff who require it. This seminar explores the rich landscape of working with diversity, defining cultural supervision and how to create sparkling supervision moments of success.

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Department of Public Health - Friday Seminar

Friday, 26 July 2013 - Small Lecture Theatre
Improving Living Standards for New Zealanders: A Framework for Treasury’s Policy Advice

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Department of Public Health - Friday Seminar

Friday, 19 July 2013 - Small Lecture Theatre
“I jus’ wanna crawl in and crawl out”: A study about people who present to emergency departments with self-harm and physical issues.

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Michael King Memorial Lecture 2013: Why Are You Doing This To Me? Sexual Violence in the Past and Today

Thursday, 18 July 2013 - Burns 1
An open lecture given by Professor Joanna Bourke of Birbeck, University of London

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Reportable events and patient safety

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 - Barnett Lecture Theatre
A Medical Forum presentation by the SDHB Quality and Patient Safety Team

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Professor Alan Musgrave, Distinguished Research Medal Lecture: “BEWARE OF mad DOG realist”

Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Professor Alan Musgrave Distinguished Research Medal Lecture

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Inequality and the West: capitalism at a tipping point

Thursday, 11 July 2013 - Archway 3
Open lecture by Professor Robert Wade of the London School of Economics

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The 'Soyisation' of Argentina's Landscapes: Bio-Hegemony, uneven development and resistance

Thursday, 11 July 2013 -  Seminar Room, 530 Castle Street, Dunedin
Navé Wald, a docdoral candidate at the Department of Geography, will discuss the phenomenon of 'soyisation' in Argentina, the new hegemony of biotechnology, their uneven effect on rural development and agrarian change across regions and the resistance to this model of agriculture production.

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What to do when medicine can’t save your life: How medical students learn about end-of-life care

Wednesday, 10 July 2013 - Barnett Lecture Theatre
A Medical Forum presentation by Associate Professor David Perez, Dr Grahame Tosh, Dr Lynley Anderson, and Lis Latta.

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Responding to child poverty and poor child health in New Zealand: Where are we at?

Friday, 5 July 2013 - Nordmeyer Lecture Theatre
A joint seminar from the Department of Paediatrics & Child Health and the Department of Public Health

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Risk assessing Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Tuesday, 14 August 2012 at 5:15pm - Barnett Lecture Theatre, Dunedin Public Hospital, Great King Street
Ilora Gillian Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff presents a Public Lecture hosted by the Bioethics Centre

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15th International Philosophy and Psychiatry Conference 'Culture and Mental Health'

Thursday, 5 July 2012 at 9:00am - St Davids Lecture Complex, Cnr St David & Cumberland Streets
The conference aims to go to the heart of debates about the nature of mental disorder, as it occurs in a multicultural setting.

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Do Our Genes Justify Our Behaviour?

Wednesday, 4 July 2012 at 8:30pm - Staff Club
 Do our genes justify our behaviour?

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It's time to tell your doctor you are not an anecdote

Tuesday, 30 August 2011 at 5:00pm - Barnett Lecture Theatre, First Floor, Dunedin Public Hospital, Great King Street
A public lecture presented by Professor David Healy, Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University.  The lecture will describe a crisis in healthcare that is leading to a growing number of deaths, increasing disability, and an impoverishment of our therapeutic arsenal.