This free public lecture entitled “Unshackling ethics: from committees and codes to conversations” will be presented by Professor Colin Thomson.
Professor Colin Thomson will discuss how bioethics promoted a revived interest in ethics and has, over the last four decades, seen the emergence of institutions, academic disciplines, research centres, training courses, qualifications and professional associations.
- Wednesday 4 November 2015
- 5.15pm for 5.30pm start - 7.30pm
- Bankwest Lecture Theatre. Building 200A Curtin University, Bentley Campus
In 1970, Van Rensselaer Potter, an American biochemist, used the word bioethics to describe the need he saw to examine the emerging impact of developments in biology, ecology and medicine. Essential to his vision was ethics – that accumulation of ideas, principles and practices from ancient and modern, secular and religious, sources that speak to how humans live and should live.
The arenas of health care and research – the sharp end of Potter’s vision – have been prominent. But it is in these arenas that institutions, disciplines and professions have established committees to apply ethics, issued codes to define ethics, confined decision-making in ethics to enclaves of expertise, and shackled the expression of ethics to the processes and vocabularies they approve.
Professor Thomson will explain why unlocking these shackles is necessary to realise and enjoy the original function of ethics.
About the speaker
Professor Colin Thomson is a Professor and Academic Leader for Health Law and Ethics in the Graduate School of Medicine at the University of Wollongong.
He also works as a consultant and senior consultant with Australasian Human Research Ethics Consultancy Services (AHRECS).
He has held positions at the Faculty of Law, Australian National University and the Faculty of Law, University of Wollongong.
Professor Thomson was a member of the Medical Research Ethics Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and a member and chair of the Australian Health Ethics Committee (AHEC). He has also been Consultant in Health Ethics to the NHMRC.