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What does Borderline Personality Disorder tell us about the ethics of consent?

Borderline personality disorder is characterised by significant problems with understanding self, relating to others, managing impulses and understanding the world. It is common and causes significant difficulties. People who have this type of psychosocial distress often present to health care services, like the emergency room, and then refuse potentially life saving treatment and appear to have the capacity to do so.

In this seminar, Associate Professor Giles Newton-Howes will suggest that this scenario, that is clinically common, highlights the folly of consent and some of the underlying implications of it which could be unethical.

About the speaker

Associate Professor Giles Newton-Howes trained in psychiatry at Imperial College in London, undertaking five years of clinical work in the Hawke’s Bay before accepting a role in the Department of Psychological Medicine. He is a general adult consultant psychiatrist with a sub-specialty in substance misuse psychiatry.

He is a member of the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders and the Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research. He is one of the systematic reviews editors of the British Journal of Psychiatry and sits on the board of the British Journal of Psychiatry and The Psychiatrist.

At the University of Otago he is responsible for the sixth year program in psychological medicine in Wellington. He is an accredited examiner for the RANZCP and works as a consultant psychiatrist for CCDHB in the Regional Personality Disorder Service.

Date Monday, 27 March 2023
Time 1:00pm - 1:50pm
Audience Public,All University,Allied health professionals
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Lecture
Online and in-person
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationSeminar Room 119, Bioethics Centre, 71 Frederick Street, Dunedin
Contact NameElizabeth Fenton
Contact Phone+64 3 471 6122

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