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EVENT: Public Lecture – Adjunct Professor Julian Savulescu presents Conscientious Objection and Value Pluralism in Medicine

30th August 2016

The Australian Centre for Health Law Research is delighted to host eminent international bioethicist Adjunct Professor Julian Savulescu on Tuesday 30 August 2016 to present a public lecture on Conscientious Objection and Value Pluralism in Medicine.

In his presentation, Professor Savulescu will explore the issue of conscientious objection in medical practice. Where doctor and patient values conflict, most countries allow for the doctor to practice conscientious objection: to refuse to carry out legal, medically indicated procedures that conflict with the doctor’s own values. In most cases provision is made for alternative care, but in some cases factors such as the number of objectors, or their location, effectively restricts patient access to medical services.

Professor Savulescu will argue that there should be better protections for patients from doctors' personal values and there should be more severe restrictions on the right to conscientious objection. He will also argue that eligible patients could be guaranteed access to medical services that are subject to conscientious objections by: (1) banning conscientious objection; (2) selecting candidates into relevant medical specialties or general practice who do not have objections; and (3) demonopolizing the provision of these services away from the medical profession.

Professor Savulescu is the Uehiro Chair in Practical Ethics, Director of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford, and Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics, Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford. He is also the Director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, one of three strategic centres in biomedical ethics in the UK funded by the Wellcome Trust, and was awarded their flagship Senior Investigator Award. He is the Sir Louis Matheson Distinguished Professor at Monash University and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the Florey Neuroscience Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research.

Professor Savulescu holds degrees in medicine, neuroscience and bioethics, and is a leader in medical and practical ethics. He is editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and founding editor of the Journal of Practical Ethics, an open access journal in Practical EthicsHe has authored over 250 publications and has given over 120 invited international presentations. 

This event will begin with light refreshments in QUT's Gibson Room followed by the lecture. To register visit  

RSVP: by Thursday 25 August 2016

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