The annual AABHL conference is a wonderful opportunity to engage in inter-disciplinary discussion about health law and ethics. The call for abstracts is now open:
On behalf of the organising committee it is our pleasure to invite you to the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) conference in Perth from the 2nd-4th of October 2014, at the University of Western Australia. The theme of the conference is ‘How Should We Decide?’.
The intersections of health, bioethics and law raise challenging questions. Advances in medical science and technology, increasingly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and changing social circumstances reveal new ethical dilemmas. How do we go about making sound decisions in the face of these challenges?
How do patients decide on their treatment or on participation in research? How do substitute decisions makers make decisions? How do clinicians decide on the treatment to offer? How do governments make decisions on health policy and funding priorities? Who makes decisions about the allocation of scarce resources? How do we protect the rights of the vulnerable? How do courts exercise their power to protect vulnerable people in health care settings?
We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful city of Perth to discuss debate and reflect on these issues and many more.
Judy Allen, Stephen Honeybul and Felicity Flack
AABHL 2014 Convenors