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Past events

Bioethics Seminar | Will the duty of candour in healthcare work?

Monday, 23 April 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Dr Oliver Quick, University of Bristol Law School

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Transgender women’s participation in sport

Monday, 16 April 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.

How should we respond when an elite athlete wishes to move from the male division to the female division or vice versa?

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Hot Health | The End of Life Choice Bill: Potential Implications for Healthcare Practitioners

Thursday, 5 April 2018 - Barnett Lecture Theatre,1st Floor Dunedin Hospital

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Bioethics Seminar | Ethical challenges in learning healthcare systems

Monday, 26 March 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street
Dr Stuart McLennan, Institute for Biomedical Ethics, University of Basel, Switzerland

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Bioethics Seminar | Rural nursing: Engaging with the benefits and challenges of the rural setting for sustainable workforce development

Monday, 19 March 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Dr Kathryn McAuley, Department of General Practice and Rural Health

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Bioethics Seminar: High-stakes decision making for young children–An approach to parental refusals of treatment

Monday, 12 March 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Janine Penfield Winters, M D

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Bioethics Seminar | Eugenic sterilisation in New Zealand: The Mental Defectives Amendment Act of 1928

Monday, 5 March 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Professor Hamish Spencer, Department of Zoology

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Bioethics Seminar | Public deliberation on mandatory childhood vaccination policy

Monday, 19 February 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, 71 Frederick Street
Presented by Professor Michael Burgess, University of British Columbia, Canada

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Bioethics Seminar: Public deliberation on mandatory childhood vaccination policy

Monday, 19 February 2018 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).  (Also video-linked to ChCh and WGTN campus).
Michael Burgess discusses ethical dimensions that are important for democratic governances of childhood vaccines.

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Bioethics Seminar: Anti-obesity policy and distributive ethics

Monday, 16 October 2017 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room,  First Floor, 71 Frederick Street. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.
Martin Wilkinson explains why choice-reducing anti-obesity policies would not be justifiable on the grounds that they help their targets.

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Bioethics Seminar: How the Philosophy gets in

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

Jesse Wall considers the role Bioethics plays in Health Law, outlining how we draw upon philosophical norms when we explain, criticise, justify, and reform the law.

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Bioethics Seminar: Coping with death

Monday, 2 October 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Wellington and Christchurch campus.

Ben Gray (Primary Health Care and General Practice) describes his experience of learning to manage death and dying and speculates on possible ways to assist students to be more comfortable around death.

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Bioethics Seminar: Challenging the role of conscientious objection in medicine

Monday, 25 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).  Also video-linked to Christchurch and Wellington campus.

Angela Ballantyne presents cases of potential conscientious objection to help refine a definition, ensure consistency, and to avoid discrimination. 

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Bioethics Seminar | Beyond safety: Ethical issues in gene editing

Thursday, 21 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

How safe and effective are new gene editing tools and what are some of the moral concerns that have have been raised in response to them? What place do these concerns have in public deliberation and science policy?

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Bioethics Seminar |"Caught napping”: New Zealand’s response to the 1967 UK Abortion Act

Monday, 18 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington campus.

Barbara Brookes explores the impact of the 1967 UK Abortion Act in New Zealand .

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Bioethics Seminar: Religious input in the debate on embryo research in New Zealand

Monday, 11 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

Gareth Jones examines the extent to which the needs, values and beliefs of Māori, and the different ethical, spiritual, and cultural perspectives in society has occurred in the debate on embryo research.

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Bioethics Seminar: Echoes and replies

Monday, 4 September 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.

Neil Pickering reflects on teaching involving poetry in a humanities selective in the 3rd year of the MBChB. Does poetry have a role in medical education?

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Public lectures on animal research

Friday, 1 September 2017 - Red Lecture theatre
Public lectures on animal research with Dr Helena Hogberg and Professor Roger Morris

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Bioethics Seminar: Contemporary challenges in dementia care

Monday, 28 August 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street).  Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington Campus.

This presentation coincides with the July 2017 publication of a major international report by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, Intervention, and Care. In light of this report, Brent Hyslop outlines contemporary challenges in dementia care.

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Professor Jing-Bao Nie's Inaugural Professorial Lecture: Reclaiming a sense of common humanity: A Chinese vision

Wednesday, 23 August 2017 - Room G10
71 Frederick Street
Dunedin
(entrance off car park on Malcolm Street)

The Inaugural Professorial Lecture Series 2017

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Bioethics Seminar: How should we constrain physicians’ discretionary space to ensure good medicine?

Monday, 21 August 2017 - Bioethics Centre Seminar Room, First Floor, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked Wellington and Christchurch Campus.
Guest speaker Doug McConnell, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Charles Stuart University, presents.

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Bioethics Seminar: Hard capacity cases - an English perspective and a plea for help

Monday, 7 August 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington.


Alex Ruck Keene presents preliminary results of research into the way in which the Court of Protection seeks to address difficult capacity cases in England and Wales.

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Bioethics Seminar: Well-being and Being

Monday, 31 July 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street) Dunedin. Also video-linked Christchurch and Wellington campus.

Andrew Moore explores the idea that difference of one's well-being requires difference of one's being.

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Bioethics Seminar - When shared decision making breaks down: A proposed checklist for reviewing parental refusals of treatment

Monday, 29 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video linked UOW and UOC.

The ethics of over-riding parental decisions for their child continues to challenge clinical and legal professionals throughout the world.  Janine Winters explores a proposed checklist  intended to prompt advisors, mediators and arbiters of disputes.

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Screening of Human Harvest

Tuesday, 9 May 2017 - Dunedin Dental School, Blue Lecture Theatre, Corner of Frederick Street and Great King Street.
An unflinching documentary about mass murder for profit in modern China. Human Harvest has been granted one of the most prestigious awards in television and broadcast, the Peabody Award.

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Bioethics Seminar: Whose justice for whom and how? A hermeneutic exploration of Confucian 義 “Righteousness"

Monday, 8 May 2017 - Bioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street), Dunedin. Also video linked Wellington and Christchurch Campus.

William Evans Visiting Fellow, Ole Döring, introduces a deliberate hermeneutical approach to bioethics.

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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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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