2009 National Colloquium for Catholic Bioethicists: "Ethical and Pastoral Issues in Care of the Ageing and at the End of Life" (January 25 – 28)

I thought some of you might be interested in “The fifth National Colloquium for Catholic Bioethicists” next January. The theme is “Ethical and Pastoral issues in Care of the Ageing and at the End of Life”, and as we are gearing up for a discussion on euthanasia in this state that seems very opportune.

According to their flyer:

The purpose is to foster discussion and debate amongst bioethicists, and we would welcome participation from health professionals, and members of HRECs or clinical ethics committees, and, given the topics, lawyers and politicians.

Here are some snippets from the “Colloquium Program”:

Sunday 25th January, 2009

4.30pm Public Forum
Christ Lecture Theatre, ACU National, Melbourne, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy
“Making sense of human suffering – hope, witness and redemption.”
Most Reverend Christopher Prowse, VG, STD, Auxiliary Bishop of Melbourne

Monday 26th January, 2009
The ethical consideration of aged persons in the community.
Thomas Carr Centre, 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne

Tuesday, 27th January, 2009
Giving Meaning to Life and Death

Morning program includes:
“Meaning, value and worth at the end of life”, John Ozolins
“Hope and end of life care”, Brigid McKenna.
“Defining Death: A Theological and Philosophical Issue”, Nicholas Tonti-Filippini
“The Medical Determination of Death”, James Tibballs [he’s the one who has been asking questions about organ donation – Schutz],

Wednesday, 28th January, 2009
Conscientious Objection and professional freedoms

“Professional Conscience and the Freedom of Thought, Conscience and Religion: What protection is there or might there be?”, Greg Craven
“Is conscientious objection in health care an instance of a right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion?”, Robert Manne
“Code of Professional Ethics and conscientious objection”, Eamon Mathieson

Registration by January 16th, 2009 Email: acoleiro@jp2institute.org
Full registration $175
Part registration available

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