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'Ilu. Revista de Ciencias de las Religiones     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
ACME : Annali della Facoltà di Studi Umanistici dell'Università degli Studi di Milano     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta Philosophica     Full-text available via subscription  
Acta Universitatis Carolinae Theologica     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Affirmations : of the modern     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
African Journal of Business Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Agone     Open Access  
Aisthema, International Journal     Open Access  
Aisthesis     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Aisthesis. Pratiche, linguaggi e saperi dell’estetico     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Al-A'raf : Jurnal Pemikiran Islam dan Filsafat     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Al-Banjari : Jurnal Ilmiah Ilmu-Ilmu Keislaman     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Al-Jami'ah : Journal of Islamic Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Al-Tijary : Jurnal Ekonomi dan Bisnis Islam     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Al-Ulum     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Albertus Magnus     Open Access  
Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Alpha (Osorno)     Open Access  
American Journal of Semiotics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
American Journal of Theology & Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 35)
American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-journal     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Analecta Hermeneutica     Open Access  
Anales de la Cátedra Francisco Suárez     Open Access  
Anales del Seminario de Historia de la Filosofía     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Análisis     Open Access  
Análisis : Revista de investigación filosófica     Open Access  
Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Analytic Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Ancient Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Annales UMCS. Sectio I (Filozofia, Socjologia)     Open Access  
Annali del Dipartimento di Filosofia     Open Access  
Annals in Social Responsibility     Full-text available via subscription  
Annals of the University of Bucharest : Philosophy Series     Open Access  
Annuaire du Collège de France     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Anthropological Measurements of Philosophical Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Anuari de la Societat Catalana de Filosofia     Open Access  
Anuario Filosófico     Full-text available via subscription  
Appareil     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Araucaria. Revista Iberoamericana de Filosofía, Política y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Archiv fuer Rechts- und Sozialphilosphie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Areté : Revista de Filosofia     Open Access  
Argumentos - Revista de Filosofia     Open Access  
Assuming Gender     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Astérion     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
At-Tabsyir : Jurnal Komunikasi Penyiaran Islam     Open Access  
At-Taqaddum     Open Access  
At-Turats     Open Access  
Attarbiyah : Journal of Islamic Culture and Education     Open Access  
Aufklärung: revista de filosofia     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Augustinian Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Augustiniana     Full-text available via subscription  
Augustinianum     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Australasian Catholic Record, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Australasian Journal of Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
Australian Humanist, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Australian Journal of Parapsychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Axiomathes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Bajo Palabra     Open Access  
Balkan Journal of Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription  
Between the Species     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bijdragen     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Binghamton Journal of Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription  
Bioethics Research Notes     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
BioéthiqueOnline     Open Access  
Biology and Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Bochumer Philosophisches Jahrbuch für Antike und Mittelalter     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Bollettino Filosofico     Open Access  
British Journal for the History of Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 33)
British Journal of Aesthetics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
British Journal of Music Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique     Open Access  
Bulletin de Philosophie Medievale     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Bulletin of Symbolic Logic     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Business and Professional Ethics Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Business Ethics Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
C@hiers du CRHIDI     Open Access  
Cadernos Benjaminianos     Open Access  
Cadernos do PET Filosofia     Open Access  
Cadernos Nietzsche     Open Access  
Cadernos Zygmunt Bauman     Open Access  
Cakrawala : Jurnal Studi Islam     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Chiasmi International     Full-text available via subscription  
Childhood & Philosophy     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Chôra : Revue d’Études Anciennes et Médiévales - philosophie, théologie, sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Christian Journal for Global Health     Open Access  
Chromatikon     Full-text available via subscription  
Church Heritage     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Cinta de Moebio     Open Access  
Circe de clásicos y modernos     Open Access  
Clareira - Revista de Filosofia da Região Amazônica     Open Access  
Claridades : Revista de Filosofía     Open Access  
Coactivity: Philosophy, Communication / Santalka: Filosofija, Komunikacija     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cognitio : Revista de Filosofia     Open Access  
Cognitive Semiotics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Collingwood and British Idealism Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Colombia Forense     Open Access  
Comparative and Continental Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Comparative Philosophy     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Con-Textos Kantianos (International Journal of Philosophy)     Open Access  
Conceptus : zeitschrift für philosophie     Hybrid Journal  
CONJECTURA : filosofia e educação     Open Access  
Constellations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Contagion : Journal of Violence, Mimesis, and Culture     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Contemporary Chinese Thought     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Contemporary Political Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 38)
Contemporary Pragmatism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Continental Philosophy Review     Partially Free   (Followers: 23)
Contrastes. Revista Internacional de Filosofía     Open Access  
Contributions to the History of Concepts     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Controvérsia     Open Access  
Conversations : The Journal of Cavellian Studies     Open Access  
CoSMo | Comparative Studies in Modernism     Open Access  
Cosmos and History : The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
CR : The New Centennial Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Creativity Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Critical Horizons     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Croatian Journal of Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos de Bioetica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuestiones de Filosofía     Open Access  
Cultura : International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Cultural-Historical Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dalogue and Universalism     Full-text available via subscription  
Dao     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Décalages : An Althusser Studies Journal     Open Access  
Design Philosophy Papers     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Dialectic : A scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design     Open Access  
Dialektiké     Open Access  
Dialogue Canadian Philosophical Review/Revue canadienne de philosophie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Diánoia     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Dimas : Jurnal Pemikiran Agama untuk Pemberdayaan     Open Access  
Dinika : Academic Journal of Islamic Studies     Open Access  
Diogenes     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Dirosat : Journal of Islamic Studies     Open Access  
Doctor virtualis     Open Access  
EarthSong Journal: Perspectives in Ecology, Spirituality and Education     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Economica : Jurnal Ekonomi Islam     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Edukasi : Jurnal Pendidikan Islam     Open Access  
Eidos     Open Access  
Ekstasis : Revista de Hermenêutica e Fenomenologia     Open Access  
Eleutheria     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Elpis - Czasopismo Teologiczne Katedry Teologii Prawosławnej Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku     Open Access  
Empedocles : European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
En Líneas Generales     Open Access  
Endeavour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Éndoxa     Open Access  
Enrahonar : An International Journal of Theoretical and Practical Reason     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Environmental Ethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Environmental Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Episteme     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Epistemology & Philosophy of Science     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Epoché : A Journal for the History of Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription  
Erasmus Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Ergo, an Open Access Journal of Philosophy     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Erkenntnis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
Escritos     Open Access  
Essays in Philosophy     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Estética     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Estudios de Filosofía     Open Access  
Estudios de Filosofía     Open Access  
Estudios de Filosofía Práctica e Historia de las Ideas     Open Access  
Estudos Nietzsche     Open Access  
Ethical Perspectives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 19)
Ethics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 49)
Ethics & Bioethics (in Central Europe)     Open Access  
Ethics, Medicine and Public Health     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Éthique publique     Open Access  
Ethische Perspectieven     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Etikk i praksis - Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics     Open Access  
Études de lettres     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Études phénoménologiques : Phenomenological Studies     Full-text available via subscription  
Études Platoniciennes     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études Ricoeuriennes / Ricoeur Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
European Journal for Philosophy of Science     Partially Free   (Followers: 10)
European Journal of Islamic Finance     Open Access  
European Journal of Philosophy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Facta Universitatis, Series : Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History     Open Access  
FairPlay, Revista de Filosofia, Ética y Derecho del Deporte     Open Access  
Faith and Philosophy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Fichte-Studien     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Film-Philosophy Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Filosofia Theoretica : Journal of African Philosophy, Culture and Religions     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Filosofia Unisinos     Open Access  
Filozofia Chrześcijańska     Open Access  
Filozofija i društvo / Philosophy and Society     Open Access  
FLEKS : Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and Practice     Open Access  
Forum Philosophicum     Full-text available via subscription  
Franciscan Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Franciscanum. Revista de las ciencias del espíritu     Open Access  
Frontiers of Philosophy in China     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Global Bioethics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Governare la paura. Journal of interdisciplinary studies     Open Access  
Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)

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  • Volume 22 Issue 3 - From the chair
    • Abstract: Trimboli, Julia
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 3 - Finding light in darkness
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      Near death experiences and the wisdom they produce are the stuff of countless novels, but when the story ends in the author's death, where is wisdom to be found' American neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi has left an astonishingly eloquent and lucid account of his own dying and his inner journey to find meaning and even peace in that experience. As inspiring as it is tragic, "When Breath Becomes Air" rightly sits on The New York Times list of best sellers, and is a must-read for anyone working in bioethics or health care.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 3 - When life is ending booklet release
    • Abstract: Ong, Caroline
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 2 - Community attitudes shape palliative care: Seeking a
           resolve to the slippery slope effect
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      As part of the Inquiry into End of Life Choices (The Inquiry), commissioned by the Victorian State Government on 7 May 2015, members of the community were invited to share their attitudes towards assisted dying by written submissions. The Inquiry also hosted a panel discussion with a few selected respondents. The final report prepared by the Inquiry is a comprehensive document that identified common themes relating to the benefits and concerns about a possible assisted dying framework. Some respondents used the opportunity to advocate in favour of palliative care services and advance care planning. There were other respondents that were apprehensive about possible changes to the law and wary that it could incite permissible practices of assisted death in Victoria which are in contradiction to existing ethical beliefs, values and norms. Their anxiety was in relation to a potential slippery slope effect of these laws in the future. In this article I will explore how the slippery slope effect has been used to criticise euthanasia legislation, using data from the Netherlands. Although there are indications that the slippery slope is apparent in the Netherlands, there are also contrary indications that are otherwise open for interpretation. I propose that the Inquiry was a valuable opportunity to reflect on community attitudes towards assisted death and that the recommendations to better resource palliative care services, is a positive outcome.

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  • Volume 22 Issue 2 - In this issue
    • Abstract: Waddington, Maureen
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 2 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 2 - Making room in the Inn for those less fortunate
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      Christmas is a special time in the Christian calendar. The Christmas story begins with a heavily pregnant Mary riding on the back of a donkey alongside her husband into the city of Bethlehem. Their search for board to see them till the morning is futile. A somewhat kind Inn keeper shows them to his stable, where the animals are accommodated.. That night Mary gives birth to baby Jesus and she lays the newborn down in a manger. The Inn is symbolic of prosperity for those fortunate to share in its comforts. To have to reside instead in the stable reflects that there is not space in the Inn and some people, for not immediately apparent reasons, live on the outside.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 2 - Summary: Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act
           2016
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 01 - Responding to the legal and social issues committee
           inquiry into end of life choices
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes; Herbert, Dilinie
      The Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics1 was established through the collaboration of private catholic hospitals in Victoria, namely: Cabrini Health, Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Caritas Christi Hospice, Mercy Hospital for Women, Mercy Werribee Hospital, Mercy Palliative Care, St John of God Health Care (Victoria), St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, and St Vincent's Private Hospital Melbourne. Our role is to develop, review and respond to policies and procedures affecting Catholic Health Care; provide educational resources and formation in ethics and offer ethics consultation and advisement. The Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin is our quarterly publication that reports on ethical issues arising in health care as well as literature reviews of pertinent research topics that effect national and international interests.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 01 - The inquiry into end of life choices and advance care
           planning in Victoria
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      Advance care planning is a significant and important process of end-of-life care. It provides the opportunity for persons to express their medical treatment preferences prior to losing the capacity to decide for themselves. It also allows for the appointment of substituted decision maker(s) to make medical decisions for persons who have lost capacity. Whilst advance care planning can be beneficial when it is used effectively, the legislative framework surrounding advance care planning is complex and confusing. This brief article will summarise advance care planning, its current legislative framework in Victoria and how proposed recommendations offered by the Inquiry into end of life choices may simplify advance care planning.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 01 - An expert in the lived experience of dementia: The
           story of Christine Bryden
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      Christine Bryden is a survivor of dementia and has been a passionate advocate for persons with dementia for more than 20 years. She has written 4 books. Her latest 2 books - Before I Forget and Nothing About Us, Without us! - give an insider's perspective into the lived experience of a person with dementia. This article provides a review of these 2 books which detail Christine Bryden's life story, and in doing so, highlight some of the key messages expressed by the author. These key messages include examining the various misconceptions about persons with dementia, the required care for persons with dementia, as well as the need for building a dementia-friendly society.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 01 - In this issue
    • Abstract: Waddington, Maureen
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 22 Issue 01 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 4 - Making sense of a wish to hasten death
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      How should health professionals respond if a patient nearing the end of life expresses a wish to hasten their death' To answer this question, this article draws upon peer‐reviewed literature, the practices of palliative care, and the experiences of two palliative care physicians, Associate Professor Natasha Michael and Associate Professor Mark Boughey. The expression of a wish to hasten death does not necessarily imply a genuine desire to hasten death or to be helped to die. To the contrary, almost always this means that the patient has been overwhelmed by one or more serious concerns. While inadequate pain relief may be one such factor, more typically these concerns are social and spiritual, such as loneliness, social isolation, feeling oneself to be a burden on others, hopelessness, and fears about the process of dying. If a patient expresses a wish to hasten death, health professionals should therefore discuss with them the reasons for this request, and then devise and effectively communicate an individualised care plan which begins to address these concerns.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 4 - In this issue
    • Abstract: Waddington, Maureen
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 4 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 4 - An overview of the proposed Victorian recommendation
           for assisted dying and its consequences
    • Abstract: O'Keeffe, Frank
      A recent report tabled in the Victorian Parliament has proposed that the Victorian Crimes Act 1958 be amended, allowing Victoria to become the only Australian state where euthanasia would be legal. Against this proposed legislation, this article contends the suggested amendments pose a threat to the fiduciary obligations that medical professionals owe to their patients. Moreover, that the parliamentary recommendation poses a considerable risk to the sick and dying, while creating tension within existing, currently overburdened, palliative care services. Any reforms that seek to treat dying patients in a more holistic manner, incorporating their emotional equilibrium, will instead make further provision for expanding the provision of palliative care services.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 3 - Catholic social teaching and the social determinants
           of health
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      This article reviews Exploring the Connections: Catholic social teaching and the social determinants of health, edited by Martin Laverty and Liz Callaghan. The social determinants of health are "those conditions in which we live, grow and age, that can affect our health and well-being." Catholic social teaching is "the Church's teaching about the ordering of life in society and about the attainment of individual and social justice." "It comprises theological and philosophical traditions from biblical and ancient sources taken up and developed throughout the Christian era." This book draws on both concepts to fashion a health care resource that will add to our knowledge and understanding of the lived experiences of disadvantaged people, and - more importantly - our appreciation of ways in which this disadvantage can be overcome.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 3 - In this issue
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 3 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 3 - Victoria's Powers of Attorney Act 2014: Promoting the
           rights of persons with impaired decision-making capacity
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      Victoria's new Powers of Attorney Act 2014 came into operation on 1 September 2015. Following recommendations by the Victorian Parliament Law Reform Committee (VPLRC), changes have been introduced in the new Act to simplify the process of making an enduring power of attorney (non-medical). Reforms include the addition of a section on capacity, the introduction of a supportive attorney role distinct from the enduring power of attorney role, and the enhancement of safeguards. This article analyses how the new Powers of Attorney Act 2014 empowers persons with impaired decision-making capacity and also strengthens the mechanisms which protect them from abuse.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 3 - Business ethics
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This exploration of business ethics is based on the fifth edition of Business Ethics by Damian Grace and Stephen Cohen. Against the view that business is an ethics-free zone, it argues that for almost all of us, there is an important place for ethics in business. Against the view of neoliberalism or economic rationalism that free and unfettered markets necessarily bring about fairness, it argues that there is a place for government regulation of business. This article also includes material on a number of other topics including ethics in advertising, ethics in the professions, environmental responsibility, and supporting an ethical culture in organisations through codes of ethics and codes of conduct.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 2 - Zika virus
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      The Zika virus has dominated the news media and captured the attention of the international community. Epidemic disease has become the mainstay of public health emergencies in our recent past with Ebola virus in West Africa and now Zika virus in Latin America. An unexpected and troubling feature of this current outbreak is the high incidence of birth defects and neurological health complications. As scientists investigate a possible causal link, health authorities as well as Catholic Church leaders are involved in communicating how women and the wider community should make decisions about their health, reproduction and pregnancy. A morally appropriate, culturally sensitive and socially inclusive approach to managing the immanent risk should be the priority.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 2 - Medicine as Ministry: A case for truly theological
           bioethics
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      Bioethics at the bedside looks different from bioethics in the classroom, because the patient in the bed is a person with their own particular history, a unique experience of illness, and an unrepeatable future. In the context of Christian faith, bioethics must include far more than mere clinical data and academic prowess: there must be a central role for the God who is mystery. This article reflects on the rich perspective of leading American paediatrician and ethicist, Bioethics has never been an exact science. Even when it strives for absolute objectivity by the application of the most rigorous philosophical discipline, clinical situations often escape our capacity to arrive at certain judgement. This should not surprise us, of course, since clinical situations are often extremely complex human dramas, and in such matters, as Aristotle reminds us, we should never expect greater certainty than our subject matter allows.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 2 - An appointment with 'Dr Google': Benefits and
           limitations of using internet‐based health information
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      The Internet has made seeking for health information easy and convenient. This information provides medical knowledge which has the potential to empower both patients and health professionals. However, It is concerning that patients may attempt to use this type of information for self-diagnostic purposes, particularly those who are unfamiliar with medical terminology. Understanding web- based information effectively is most important to enable appropriate and informed healthcare decisions. Consequently, a new role for health professionals is indicated, requiring them to become familiar with the health information available on the Internet, to direct patients to reliable sources, and to assist them in understanding and interpreting web-based health information.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 2 - Reflections after a lifetime of contribution
    • Abstract: Nagle, Cormac
      At the 2015 national conference of Catholic Health Australia (CHA), Fr Cormac Nagle OFM was awarded CHA's highest honour, the Maria Cunningham Lifetime Contribution Award. After receiving this award, Fr Cormac reflected on his years of ministry at the Chisholm Centre's 2015 Annual General Meeting. We are pleased to present a slightly edited version of his speech here. Fr Cormac reminds us that Catholic health and aged care follows in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, and that both our service and our ethics are based on a profound respect for human dignity. He advises how our ethical standards should always be interpreted so that they reveal rather than obscure the Good News which Christianity proclaims. Fr Cormac also highlights the need for a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to healthcare. Rather than treating only physical or medical problems, this holistic approach cares for the whole person and also attends to their emotional, social and spiritual needs.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 1 - Clinical ethics services in Australia
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      Clinical ethics services exist or are being established in many healthcare institutions around the world. There is growing interest in Australia to follow this international trend, and resources have been developed to support the establishment of clinical ethics services in Australian institutions. When a clinical ethics service is being developed in an institution, important steps include involving key staff, gaining executive support, and identifying champions who will promote the service within the organisation. The success of a clinical ethics service depends predominately on its capacity to address ethically challenging situations through multi-disciplinary insight, and on the support and engagement of the health professionals within the relevant healthcare institution.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 21 Issue 1 - Pain relief which may shorten life
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      Physician and ethicist Professor Paul Komesaroff and former judge Stephen Charles QC have proposed legislation to protect health professionals from the risk of criminal prosecution when in appropriate circumstances they provide pain relief which may shorten a patient's life. For this protection, they recommend that four conditions must all be satisfied: (i) the patient has a terminal illness; (ii) the intention is to relieve pain and suffering; (iii) the treatment is reasonable in terms of current medical practice; and (iv) the treatment is necessary to relieve pain and suffering. This article examines their proposal, supports it, and joins in the call for Victorian legislation which achieves this purpose.

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  • Volume 21 Issue 1 - Suffering and the healing art of medicine
    • Abstract: Ong, Caroline
      Whilst the reason and purpose of suffering may never be fully understood, there are ways of enduring, transcending and growing resilience to how it affects us. Our experience of suffering lies in the web of perceptions that involve our physical, spiritual and cosmological beliefs. Referencing Pain Seeking Understanding: Suffering, Medicine and Faith, edited by Margaret E. Mohrmann and Mark J. Hanson, this article gives a brief exploration of some propositions as to why an all-powerful, good God would allow suffering to exist. From these various perspectives and using examples cited in the book, the article proposes that the healing art of medicine, honed through years of experience, knowledge and wisdom, can help individual patients endure and transcend suffering, and be whole once again.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 4 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 4 - In this issue
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 4 - Moral distress
    • Abstract: Ong, Caroline
      As health systems become more complex, moral distress is increasingly being recognised as a significant phenomenon amongst health professionals. It can be described as the state of being distressed when one is unable to act according to what one believes to be morally right. It may compromise patient care, the health professional involved and the organisation. Cumulative experiences of incompletely resolved moral distress - a phenomenon which is called moral residue - may leave us susceptible to more frequent and more severe moral distress. Clear open communication, respect, inclusivity, openness to differences, compassion, support, education and the capacity to grow in self-awareness are key aspects in minimising moral distress. Early recognition of its symptoms and addressing both personal and external constraints of actions can also minimise moral residue and build resilience to further distress.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 4 - Being mortal: End-of-life care and end-of-life
           discussions
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      Atul Gawande's book Being Mortal: Illness, Medicine, and What Matters in the End, draws upon both anecdotal stories and literary sources to highlight the importance of honest discussions as the end of life approaches. These discussions are particularly significant for older persons and terminally ill patients. Gawande believes that these discussions could be facilitated by more in-depth and focussed communication between the healthcare professional and the patient. Respecting the patient's values and priorities, and promoting a sense of wellbeing and dignity are critical for quality care.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 4 - The challenge of dementia
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      Over the next three decades, the number of people living with dementia both in Australia and around the world will almost triple. This calls for significant changes within our society. It calls for international cooperation, with particular assistance being given to low income countries. It calls for increased research into many aspects of dementia, ranging from the search for a cure to the identification of best practice in the care of persons with dementia. It calls for upskilling in Australia's health, community and aged care sectors. Because many people with dementia will continue to live in the community, above all it calls for the creation of dementia-friendly communities.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 3 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 3 - In this issue
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 3 - Dignity therapy in end-of-life care
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      Dignity Therapy provides patients with a terminal illness the opportunity to share their life experiences. Their life narrative is reflected upon, shared, transcribed, and later bequeathed to their family and friends. The generativity document produced as a result of Dignity Therapy is a declaration and a lasting legacy, a manuscript that holds meaning and makes meaning at a point in life when people may feel a sense of despair and loss. This article will follow the development of Dignity Therapy, and why it should be acknowledged as an integral aspect of end-of-life care for patients, their families and friends, and healthcare professionals.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 3 - Older persons in Australia: Secular and Catholic
           perspectives
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      Negative portrayals of older persons in Australian culture have led to ageist attitudes and behaviours towards them. For the older person, this can result in self-deprecation, which in turn leads to poorer health, diminished wellbeing, and reduced mental ability. It can also negatively affect an older person's motivation to be an active member of society, resulting in a sense of isolation. Ageism also disregards the positive economic and social contributions that older persons make to the wider community. Drawing on both secular and Catholic viewpoints, this article seeks to recognise, challenge, and move to overcome ageism and age discrimination in Australia.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 3 - Responding to sexual diversity in catholic aged care
           facilities
    • Abstract:
      This article reflects on the discrimination which LGBTI people still experience in Australia. It also notes the commitment of the Catholic Church to provide pastoral care to LGBTI persons. From all this, it argues that Catholic aged care services should develop formal policies and procedures for welcoming and embracing people from diverse backgrounds. This should include firm plans for the education and training of staff, and a clear mechanism for receiving and resolving complaints.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 2 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 2 - In this issue
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
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  • Volume 20 Issue 2 - Evangelii Gaudium and social engagement
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This article explores what is said in the fourth chapter of Pope Francis's Evangelii Gaudium about social engagement particularly with the poor. Francis sees practical engagement with the poor as an essential component of the Christian faith. This engagement begins with loving attentiveness to them. It seeks their integral development, and their full inclusion in the life of society. Such social engagement also calls us to care for the environment, to participate in the quest for peace, and to engage in dialogue with all people to seek consensus on ways of building a better world.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 2 - Pastoral care in aged mental health: A voice at the
           table
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      A Voice at the Table: An Integrated Model for Pastoral Care in Aged Mental Health, written by Rosemary Kelleher with Olga Yastrubetskaya, describes a practical model for integrating pastoral care practitioners into multidisciplinary teams within aged mental health services. While highlighting the importance of spiritual care within healthcare, the book also emphasises the need for pastoral care practitioners to have the essential skills and knowledge vital to being significant members of the multidisciplinary team. This article offers a concise review of a most valuable resource.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 2 - When life is Ending...
    • Abstract: Ong, Caroline
      In the debate about euthanasia, it is important that we consider all views, including those which might not at first seem attractive to us. Whether we believe in God or not, the views of the Catholic Church make a significant contribution to this debate. The Church does not support the deliberate killing either of oneself or another person. It also emphasises our moral obligation to respect life and to uphold the dignity of each person.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 2 - Breaking the stranglehold of prison life
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      The lived experiences of prisoners and the delivery of healthcare into this population raise important ethical issues. The prison population is made up largely of people who have experienced social and economic disadvantage, and who often have a diagnosed mental health condition. International and national authorities recognise that the health needs of prisoners are complex but that slow progress is being made to reform and improve existing practices. This article will demonstrate that alongside the provision of primary care, healthcare in prisons must also focus on the social and psychological issues and behaviours of prisoners in order to prevent recidivism.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 1 - In this issue
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 1 - Victoria's 'Mental Health Act 2014': The human rights
           of persons with mental illness
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      Victoria's new Mental Health Act 2014 came into operation on 1st July 2014. Corresponding with international standards, the new Act aims to strengthen the human rights of persons with mental illness. This is supported by the inclusion of a recovery framework which promotes a collaborative treatment approach, procedures that reduce the duration of compulsory treatment, as well as better mental health service oversight and safeguards. This article analyses and highlights these reforms from a human rights perspective.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 1 - About the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 20 Issue 1 - An overview of pope Francis's 'Evangelii Gaudium'
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      The Catholic vision of evangelisation combines concerns about faith and spirituality with a call to provide practical service particularly to the most disadvantaged. This article explores how this vision is articulated in Pope Francis's Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). It also explores how in presenting this vision Evangelii Gaudium drew upon both Paul VI's Evangelii Nuntiandi and the Latin American bishops' Aparecida Document. A concise synopsis of Evangelii Gaudium is included, along with brief reflections on the implications of all this for Catholic health, aged and community care services in Australia.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 1 - Experimental treatments for Ebola
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      The Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa is a tragedy of mass proportions. It has afflicted a region with poor public health infrastructure, communities fearful of medical intervention due to past atrocities, and in a situation where the people are protective of themselves and their families. As the death toll continues to rise, experimental treatments are being offered as a solution. The widespread use and management of these treatments is a challenge due to the social and cultural structures that exists in these communities. An approach that is sensitive to these experiences needs to be observed.

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  • Volume 20 Issue 1 - Legalising euthanasia for children: Dying with
           'dignity' or killing the vulnerable'
    • Abstract: Ong, Caroline
      In February 2014, the Belgian parliament passed an amendment to the Belgian Act on Euthanasia of May 28th, 2002 removing the age limit of those requesting euthanasia provided that they have discerning capabilities and their parents approve. After mentioning briefly the arguments against legalising euthanasia, this article questions the ethical validity of removing the age limit, as well as the presumption that ending lives prematurely allows people to die with dignity. Caring for people who are vulnerable in their suffering is the proper goal of the healing professions, not terminating lives.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 4 - Problem drinking in Australia
    • Abstract: Simonet, Emanuel Nicolas Cortes
      The widespread over-consumption of alcohol in Australia has shaped its high tolerance to drinking culture. Australia has a complex socio-cultural relationship with alcohol and it is challenging to reduce high alcohol intake when it is so ingrained in our society. The substantial harms associated with over-consumption not only affect the drinker, but also impact upon the wider community. This article discusses the available evidence about the health and social harms for individuals that may result from an over-consumption of alcohol and how these impact on society. More so, it discusses how effective alcohol policy strategies such as decreasing the availability of alcohol, increasing its price as well as promoting public awareness of the associated risks may help to reduce these harms.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 4 - Preventing the sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS
    • Abstract: Ong, Caroline
      There was once a strong belief amongst global HIV/AIDS organisations that the key to the prevention of the sexual transmission of HIV was condom (C) use. Other measures such as abstinence (A) and being loyal (B) to one partner were seen as beneficial, but secondary. Thirty years later, the evidence is mounting that behavioural change (A and B) is much more effective in halting the spread of HIV than condoms.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 4 - Pastoral care for school students who experience
           same-sex attraction
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      Research shows that sexual orientation is neither well defined nor ultimately defining for adolescents seeking self-identity. Rather, the data on instability of sexual orientation among youth and young adults suggest that most of the time unquestioning affirmation of an adolescent's claimed same-sex attraction will do more long-term harm than good. This article explores this complexity and proposes more appropriate ways to provide excellent pastoral care in schools.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 2 - Ethics in the context of age, dementia and palliative
           care
    • Abstract: Maddocks, Ian
      This is an edited record of the presentation given by 2013 Senior Australian of the Year Professor Ian Maddocks at the Centre's conference held on palliative care on 3 October 2013. Professor Maddocks reflects on the challenges which ageing brings - challenges which we face as individuals, as health professionals, and as a society. There is wisdom which comes only from generous commitment and long experience. Many people recognised that wisdom in this presentation.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 2 - Nine observations about advance care planning
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This is an edited record of the presentation given by Revd Kevin McGovern, Director of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics, at the Centre's conference on palliative care on 3 October 2013. It explores the processes, challenges and benefits of Advance Care Planning. It also argues that Advance Care Planning will change the provision of health care significantly.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 1 - Sex selection
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      The selection of the sex of an unborn child brings to mind many thoughts: playing God, gender discrimination, imbalance in the male:female gender ratio, and a slippery slope that could lead to designer babies. Sex selection also raises the question of reproduction autonomy. These and other issues are explored in this article.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 1 - Not dead enough': Ethical questions on the
           posthumous collection and use of human gametes
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      Can a dead person conceive a child' Even if it is technically possible, should it be permitted' The legal system seems to have reached a position on this matter without obvious ethical reflection. Noting that a child should be able to know and relate to his or her parents, this article argues that a person's capacity to contribute to the conception of new life should cease with that person's death.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 4 - Healing experiences around death
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This article explores Reflections of a Setting Sun: Healing Experiences around Death, written by palliative care physician Michael Barbato. It considers caring for someone who is dying, and preparing for death. A major focus of this article is deathbed visions after which a dying person reports being visited by relatives or friends who have already died.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 4 - An Australian video on life issues
    • Abstract: Riordan, Marcia
      This article gives the reader an overview of a DVD 'God So Loved the World: A Pastoral Series on Life Issues.' This DVD was produced by the Australian Catholic Life Council, a group established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (ACBC) under the ACBC Commission for Pastoral Life. This article discusses the life issues covered in the DVD, which are abortion, euthanasia, and the reproductive technologies. Above all, it explains why it is necessary to de-velop a more positive pastoral response to these issues.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 4 - Australia's new dietary guidelines
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      The National Health and Medical Research Council released a new set of dietary guidelines on 18 February 2013, to help ensure that Australians continue to make healthy food choices based on the best available scientific evidence. Unlike the 2003 guidelines which were based on nutrients, these guidelines are based on food and food groups. The guidelines encourage the consumption of a varied diet and physical exercise. They also encourage the limiting of energy-dense nutrient-poor food. By making these food choices, we can help to reduce our risk of diet-related disease.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 3 - Bioethics, the law and the care of those in need
    • Abstract: Clark, Robert
      Victorian Attorney-General the Hon Robert Clark was guest speaker at the 2012 Annual General Meeting of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics. In this extract from his speech, he discusses the relationship between the law and ethics, and the reform of Victoria's laws on guardianship and powers of attorney. While some ethical obligations should not be made into legal duties, he argues that every legal duty is founded upon a moral obligation. The reform of Victoria's laws on guardianship and powers of attorney seeks to make it easier for individuals and their families to provide for their current and future needs, while strengthening the last resort roles of the Office of the Public Advocate and the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to protect vulnerable people from neglect, abuse and exploitation.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 3 - Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: The hidden harm
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      On 29 November 2012, one of the Standing Committees of the Commonwealth House of Representatives released a report on the prevention, diagnosis and management of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in Australia. This article explores the findings and recommendations of this report. The Commonwealth parliamentary committee noted that FASD is a serious health issue in Australia. It therefore called for a National Plan of Action, education for health professionals, and public awareness campaigns to encourage women not to drink when pregnant or when planning a pregnancy. Other recommendations included better management of FASD within education, disability services, and the criminal justice system.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 3 - Preparing well for death
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      How might we prepare well for death' And how might we help other people also to prepare well for death' Spiritual guide Henri Nouwen suggests that we should strive to recognise that we are children of God, brothers and sisters of one another, and parents of the generations to come. This article explores what he means.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 3 - Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C)
    • Abstract: Herbert, Dilinie
      This article reports on the experiences of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) for women living in countries where it is widespread and for those who migrate to Western countries. It explores the attitudes that shape the ongoing practice of FGM/C and the role of female hierarchy in sustaining these customs in practising communities. In particular, it investigates the dialogue between health professionals in Western countries like Australia and women presenting for antenatal care. This includes conversations around de-infibulation.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 3 - 'Evangelii Gaudium' and Catholic health and aged care
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      Pope Francis's Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) calls us to both service and silence. This article explores the theological underpinning of this call, and considers its implications for Catholic health, aged and community care services in Australia.

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  • Volume 19 Issue 3 - Consumer-directed care: Who will pay for mission and
           ethics'
    • Abstract: Laverty, Martin
      This article is a slightly edited version of a speech given by Martin Laverty to the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics. It views the movement towards consumer-directed care in Australia not as a threat to Catholic health and aged care, but as an opportunity to deepen our understanding of our mission and to develop services which are distinctive in their commitment to providing excellent care in response to the changing needs of the community. It explores consumer-directed care, highlights limitations in our current understanding of mission and ethics, and challenges us to be prophetic as the founders of our institutions were in responding to community need.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 2 - Lessons from the death zone
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      British political strategist Philip Gould was diagnosed with cancer early in 2008. He died towards the end of 2011. Challenging community attitudes about dying with cancer, he insisted in a book-length memoir that this was "the most important ... the most fulfilling and the most inspirational time of my life." This article reflects on Philip's testimony.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 2 - People with down syndrome - part of our community
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      This article briefly examines the history and genetics of Down syndrome. Contemporary prenatal testing practices are described as is the effect of testing on the birth prevalence of children with Down syndrome. The analysis of a series of articles on families with a child with Down syndrome provides a touching insight into these families. It demonstrates that each person - including those with Down syndrome - make a unique and valuable contribution to their family and the world.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 1 - Enjoying a night out': The longer term
           consequences
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      This article begins with a fictionalised account of a teenage party to celebrate a sporting club's end of season achievements. It then looks at some of the potential outcomes of the behaviours displayed and the longer term consequences.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 1 - Spiritual care of the dying person
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      The Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a guide to the spiritual care of the dying person. It reminds us that spiritual care is an essential part of holistic palliative care, and that every health professional has a role to play in the provision of spiritual care.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 1 - Sex cells
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      Sex Cells, written by Rene Almeling, describes the commercial market that has emerged in the United States for human eggs and sperm. Almeling examines how agendas that are economically, biologically and culturally driven have lead to distinctly different practices within egg agencies and sperm banks. Further, she observes how these practices subsequently shape an individual's perception of the commodification of human gametes.

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  • Volume 18 Issue 1 - Pastoral care for children conceived through IVF
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      Passing on Catholic teaching effectively means exercising both the doctrinal and pastoral ministries of a Church which professes to be both Mother and Teacher.

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  • Volume 17 Issue 4 - The VLRC report on guardianship and catholic teaching
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      The Victorian Law Reform Commission's Report on Guardianship contains many findings and recommendations about Advance Care Planning. This article considers the most significant of these from the perspective of the teaching of the Catholic Church.

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  • Volume 17 Issue 3 - Continuing the pregnancy when the unborn child has a
           life-limiting condition
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      When an unborn child is diagnosed with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, many people now believe that the best solution is to immediately terminate the pregnancy. This article explores the option of continuing the pregnancy with the support of perinatal palliative care. Many parents have found this alternative fits better with their values, and better honours both their unborn child and their situation as the loving parents of this child. The article also explores the information and support which parents need in order to make a truly informed choice between termination and continuing the pregnancy.

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  • Volume 17 Issue 3 - Ethically compromised vaccines in Australia
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      Ethically compromised vaccines are vaccines where the virus used in the manufacture of the vaccine has been cultured in a cell line developed from tissue grown from an aborted foetus. In Australia, an ethically compromised vaccine is the only vaccine available for Chicken pox (varicella), shingles (zoster), Hepatitis A, and Rubella (which is part of the MMR - measles, mumps, rubella - vaccine). The poliovirus vaccine component of Quadracel, available in Western Australia, is ethically compromised. However, the poliovirus component of Infanrix-IPV is not ethically compromised and is used in all other Australian States and Territories. The rabies vaccine, Rabipur, is not ethically compromised and is the preferred option to Merieux Inactivated Rabies Vaccine (MIRV) which is an ethically compromised vaccine. This article lists the ethically compromised vaccines available in the various Australian States and Territories, and explains why they are ethically compromised. It also explains when and why vaccination should still be accepted even when the only available vaccine is ethically compromised.

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  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Home or away': A choice for catholic healthcare
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      Catholic health and aged care providers seeking new governance structures face a choice of embedding their ministry in either the local Church or the universal Church. This article asks how we view these ministries in the first place: in what sense are they truly 'ministries of the Church''

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  • Volume 17 Issue 2 - Ethically compromised vaccines and catholic teaching
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin; Brussen, Kerri Anne
      Some vaccines are produced using cell lines which were originally developed from tissue from an aborted foetus. Vaccines are ethically compromised by this connection to abortion. within the Catholic Church, the Pontifical Academy for Life has called for research and development of alternative vaccines which are ethically acceptable. Until alternative vaccines are developed, it has also accepted the use even of these ethically compromised vaccines in order to protect children, pregnant women and the population as a whole from the risk of contracting serious disease. This article explores all these issues from an Australian perspective.

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  • Volume 17 Issue 1 - Ethical challenges for catholic health and aged care
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This is a slightly edited version of a talk given on 23 August 2010 at the Catholic Health Australia National Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Three bioethicists were asked to reflect on Ethical Challenges Ten Years from Now. This talk focussed not on new issues but on current concerns which will continue to challenge us.

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  • Volume 17 Issue 1 - Remaining true
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This is a slightly edited version of a talk given on 1 September 2011 at the Catholic Health Australia National Conference at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. The theme of the conference was Remaining True.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 4 - Gamete donation
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      Children born through gamete donation can be genetically linked to one or neither parent. This article examines the practice of gamete donation, seeking to establish if there is cause for concern.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 4 - Induced pluripotent stem cells
    • Abstract: Ford, Norman
      Many people think that the Catholic Church is morally opposed to all research and therapeutic use of stem cells. This is far from the truth. The Church is rightly morally opposed to all destructive use of human embryos to obtain pluripotent embryonic stem cells, but it is not opposed to pluripotent stem cells ethically derived from adult cells.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 4 - Australia's cloning and embryo research laws
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This article explores the report of the 2010 independent review committee into Australia's cloning and embryo research laws. Its author, the Director of the Centre, was one of the five members of this committee.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 3 - Gene patents
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      A patent provides the exclusive legal right to a person or company to regulate the distribution, manufacture or use of their invention. This paper examines some of the issues surrounding Gene Patents. Although there is a drive to abolish Gene Patents, we argue that refined and clearly defined regulation would continue to support medical research, avoid exploitation, and be of benefit to public health.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 3 - Australia's national protocol for organ donation after
           cardiac death
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This article explores how some of the ethical issues raised by Donation after Cardiac Death are addressed in Australia's new National Protocol. It endorses much of what has been established for the management of professional conflicts of interest, the management of conflicts between the wishes of donor and family, the use of ante mortem interventions, and the determination of death. However, it calls for a 5 minute observation time before the declaration of death, and a stronger statement about conscientious objection.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 3 - Catholic identity and health care
    • Abstract: Gobbo, James
      This is an edited record of the address given by Sir James Gobbo to the Centre's Annual General Meeting on 13 October 2010.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 2 - Catholic Teaching about Tube Feeding
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      After exploring the sources of Catholic teaching about tube feeding, this article summarises that teaching in four points. Because tube feeding usually offers little if any benefit in advanced dementia, as a general rule a feeding tube is not inserted into these patients.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 2 - Physician Assisted Suicide in the United States of
           America
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      This paper is a brief history of suicide, euthanasia, and physician assisted suicide in the United States of America which aims to provide an understanding of the continued and persistent effort in the USA to legalise physician assisted suicide. Oregon and Washington State Dying with Dignity Laws are reviewed as examples of legalised physician assisted suicide.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 2 - Euthanasia in Western Australia 2010: Background and
           Analysis
    • Abstract: Parkinson, Joseph
      In September 2010, Western Australia's Legislative Council, the Upper House of that State's Parliament, voted down a Private Member's Bill to introduce voluntary euthanasia by a margin of 24 votes to 11. This article reviews the general context and content of the Bill and the public debate on euthanasia before offering more focused analysis.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 1 - Paying Women for Egg 'Donation'
    • Abstract: Riordan, Marcia
      Some advocates of embryonic stem cell research want women to be paid for donating their eggs. This article details reasons why this would be bad public policy that would harm women.

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  • Volume 16 Issue 1 - Adoption Is Better than Abortion
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      When a girl or woman has an unplanned pregnancy, her choices are to keep the child, to give the child for adoption, or to have an abortion. The best outcome is any situation which allows her to keep and successfully raise the child. When this is not possible, this article argues that modern open adoption is a better outcome for both the woman and her child than abortion. In making this argument, this article reviews the complex social history of adoption in Australia.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 16 Issue 1 - Youth Mental Health
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      Adolescence and young adulthood are a time of change. It is also a time where there is an increased chance of being diagnosed with a mental illness. Professor Patrick McGorry has driven the agenda to transform the approach to youth mental health. This article is a review of the recommendations of McGorry and others within the mental health field on how best to care for our youth with a mental illness. We also briefly look at some of the services offered by a Catholic agency.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 4 - Genetic Testing and Insurance
    • Abstract: Nagle, Cormac
      Life, health and income insurance are very important in peoples' lives. For this reason, insurance companies should not use genetic testing to restrict access to these goods.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 4 - Euthanasia - a Dutch Perspective
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      In 2002, euthanasia became legal in the Netherlands. Since then, the Groningen Protocol has been endorsed, allowing infanticide for disabled babies. More recently, a citizen's initiative is being prepared to propose to the Dutch government that people should be allowed to legally terminate their life if they consider it completed. The slippery slope in the Netherlands appears to be well lubricated.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 4 - Finding Meaning in Serious Illness and Suffering
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      When we experience serious illness, one of our deepest challenges is to make sense of what is happening to us. This article considers how we might do this. It particularly explores John Paul II's Salvifici Doloris, which suggests that Christians might discover meaning by uniting their sufferings with the sufferings of Christ.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 3 - The Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from
           Drinking Alcohol
    • Abstract: Brussen, Kerri Anne
      In February 2009, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) issued revised guidelines to help reduce the health risks from alcohol consumption. This report summarises these guidelines. Above all, it discusses the change of thought in these guidelines based on a greater understanding of the need to reduce both the immediate as well as the lifetime risks of alcohol consumption.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 3 - Caring for People with Dementia
    • Abstract: McGovern, Kevin
      This article explores a Report titled 'Dementia: Ethical Issues,' which was produced by the UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics. The Report calls us to examine our attitudes towards both dementia and people with dementia, and to act in solidarity with people with dementia by seeking to include them in mainstream society, and to provide them with sufficient help and services so that they are able to enjoy a good quality of life throughout the course of their illness. It also calls us to act in solidarity with the carers of people with dementia, providing them with help and services both in their caring capacity and also in meeting their personal needs.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 3 - Sexualisation of Girls: Too Much, Too Soon
    • Abstract: Khalafzai, Rida Usman
      A summary of Getting Real: Challenging the Sexualisation of Girls, the book edited by Melinda Tankard Reist on the issue of early sexualisation of girls.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 2 - Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome and Egg Donation
    • Abstract: Khalafzai, Rida Usman
      The legalization of egg donation for medical research has resulted in the use of assisted reproductive techniques for the creation of embryos for research. This carries significant risks for the women undergoing these procedures and has brought humankind to a major ethical and moral crossroads.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
  • Volume 15 Issue 2 - Chemical Abortion in Australia
    • Abstract: Riordan, Marcia
      Abortion providers and advocates want Australian women who face an unexpected pregnancy to have the option of choosing a chemical RU-486 abortion, instead of a surgical abortion. This article looks at this proposal, and discusses its possible repercussions. There is considerable controversy over this method of abortion, with promoters saying that it is safer, easier and private, whereas opponents call it DIY abortion or home-alone abortion and question its safety.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:43 GMT
       
 
 
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