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2010 National Paediatric Bioethics Conference

  • The second annual National Paediatric Bioethics Conference was held on 9 - 10 August 2010, in the Ella Latham Theatre, at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. Available below are audio recordings of the presentations for both days.

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    Public Forum (Monday 9th August)

    The Public Forum titled "A Good Life; A Good Death," Care Planning for Children with Life-Threatening Conditions",
    featured keynote speaker Dr. Norman Swan, medical commentator and host of ABC Radio National's Health Report.

    Presentations

    Audio only

    Welcome
    Prof Christine Kilpatrick (Chief Executive Officer, RCH) & Dr Hugo Gold (Clinical Director, Children's Bioethics Centre, RCH)

    Download 
    (MP3,
    Duration: 4 mins,
    4 MB)
    'A Good Life - A Good Death'
    Dr Norman Swan (Medical commentator and host of ABC Radio National's Health Report)
    Download
    (MP3,
    Duration: 43 mins,
    40 MB)
    Helping families to make decisions in Intensive care
    Dr Charlie Corke (Senior Intensive Care Specialist, Geelong Hospital)
    Download 
    (MP3,
    Duration: 32 mins,
    29 MB)
    Hypothetical Discussion
    Chair: Prof Terry Nolan (University of Melbourne)
    Facilitator: Dr Norman Swan
    Panel Members:
    Ms Lauren Andrew (Director Allied Health, RCH)
    Dr Charlie Corke (Senior Intensive Care Specialist, Geelong Hospital)A/Prof Lynn Gillam (RCH Clinical Ethicist, Academic Director Children's Bioethics Centre)
    Ms Lyn Ireland (Clinical Ethics Nursing Fellow, Senior Nurse of Organ & Tissue Donation, RCH)
    A/Prof Andrew Kornberg (Director of Neurology, RCH)
    A/Prof Lara Shekerdemian (Director of Paediatric Intensive Care RCH)
    Prof Robert Truog (Professor of Medical Ethics & Anaesthesia (Pediatrics); Director of Clinical Ethics, Harvard Medical School; Executive Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice; Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston)
    Ms Beth Wilson (Victorian Health Services Commissioner)

    Download Part 1
    (MP3,
    Duration: 59 mins,
    54 MB)

     

    Conference (Tuesday 10th August)

    The conference titled: "Tackling Ethical Dilemmas in Paediatric Intensive Care", featured international keynote speaker, Professor Robert Truog, Professor of Medical Ethics, Anaesthesiology & Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.

    Presentations

    Audio only

    Keynote Address: Ethical issues in intensive care
    Prof Robert Truog (Professor of Medical Ethics & Anaesthesia (Pediatrics); Director of Clinical Ethics, Harvard Medical School; Executive Director, Institute for Professionalism & Ethical Practice; Senior Associate in Critical Care Medicine, Children's Hospital Boston)

    Download
    (MP3,
    Duration: 44 mins,
    40 MB)

    'Respecting choices - A young person's perspective'
    Dr Doug Bryan (Medical Director of RCH@Home) & Ms Simone Kiefel (Liaison nurse with paediatric palliative care)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 30 mins,
     27 MB)

    'Life in ICU'
    Mr Shane Thomas & Ms Lynne Coleman (Parents)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 18 mins,
    16 MB)

    'Limits of viability'
    Dr Carl Kuschel (Medical Clinical Director Neonatal Services, The Royal Women's Hospital)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 20 mins ,
    18 MB)

    'The curse of autonomy': do we ask parents to take on too much of the decision-making burden?
    Dr Rod Hunt (Director, Department of Neonatal Medicine, RCH)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 21 mins,
    20 MB)

    Bereaved parents and their experiences of end-of life decision making for their child
    Ms Jane Sullivan (Social Worker, PhD Student, University of Melbourne)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 16 mins,
    18 MB)

    The therapeutic benefits and healing qualities of music
    Peter Roberts (Music Thanantologist)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 18 mins,
    17 MB)
    The ethics of publicly discussing real cases
    Clinical Professor David Isaacs (Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead)
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    (MP3,
    Duration: 20 mins,
    18 MB)

    Ethical Reflections: Learnings from the Baby M case
    Dr Peter McDougall (Executive Director Medical Services, RCH) & Dr Peter Loughnan(Neonatology, RCH)

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    (MP3,
    Duration: 14 mins,
    14 MB)

    Hypothetical Discussion: Ethical issues in emergency medicine
    Chair: Prof Terry Dwyer (Director, Murdoch Children's Research Institute)
    Facilitator: A/Prof
    Lynn Gillam (RCH Clinical Ethicist, Academic Director Children's Bioethics Centre)
    Panel Members:
    Ms Dianne Crellin
    (Nurse Practitioner, RCH Emergency Department)
    Dr Karen Dunn (Paediatrician & Emergency Medicine Fellow, RCH/Royal Melbourne Hospital)
    Dr Hugo Gold
    (Clinical Director, Children's Bioethics Centre RCH)
    Prof David Isaacs (Paediatrics & Child Health, Children's Hospital, Westmead) 
    Ms Helen Jowett (Trauma Service Manager, RCH)
    Mr Shane Thomas
    (Parent)
    Prof Robert Truog (Professor of Medical Ethics & Anaesthesia Children's Hospital Boston)

    Download Part 2
    (MP3,
    Duration: 1 hr:18 mins, 
    72 MB)