12.30-1.30pm, Wed 23rd August 2017
Seminar Room 515, Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton
Presented by Dr Rosalind McDougall, Health Humanities and Social Science Unit, Centre for Health Equity, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health; and Centre for Children’s Bioethics, Royal Children’s Hospital
The recent case of baby Charlie Gard has highlighted the complex ethical issues when doctors and parents disagree. This seminar will discuss the findings of a research project investigating conflicts between doctors and parents about children’s medical treatment. The project included an analysis of 184 paediatric clinical ethics cases – the largest published caseset globally – and exploration of an ethical tool to assist paediatric health professionals to decide whether to override a parental decision.