Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law Conference

12-14 July 2012, VIaduct Centre, Auckland

Harm, Health and Responsibility

Provisional Program

This program is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Times may change in the final program. Please check this page regularly.

Presenting authors are indicated by an '*'.

Thursday 12 July 2012
1500 Registration Open
1700-1800 Welcome Reception
Rangitoto Foyer, Viaduct Events Centre
Public Lecture & Discussion - Rangitoto 1
1800-1810 Welcome to Delegates
Chair: Professor Ron Paterson
1810-1900 Are workarounds ethical?
Dr Nancy Berlinger, The Hastings Center, New York
Friday 13 July 2012
0800 Registration
Opening Session - Rangitoto 1
0830 Opening Session
Chair: Phillipa Malpas
0840-0925 Fear and loathing in medical research
Professor Carl Elliott
0930-1030 Case Study

When clinicians are asked to provide unconventional treatments: Learning from the case of Alan Smith
Panel Chair: Ron Paterson

1030 Morning Tea & Poster Session
Poster authors: please stand by your posters to answer questions from delegates
Concurrent Session A
  Surgical Innovation & Clinical Ethics
Chair: Ian Kerridge
Rangitoto 1
Professional Practice
Chair: Ron Paterson
Rangitoto 2
Issues in Pharma and Industry
Chair: Joanna Manning
Rangitoto 3
Theory & Responsibility
Chair: Monique Jonas
Browns Island 1

Disclose and disqualify. Can declaring a conflict of interest cause harm and is this justifiable?
Sarah Winch*, Michael Sinnott

A day (nearly) like any other: health care work in a pandemic
Caroline Saint
How professional employees of pharmaceutical companies negotiate commercial and scientific value sets to minimise harm to patients
Wendy Lipworth*, Kathleen Montgomery
Social utility vs. individual liberty: What J.S. Mill would say about China's birth control program?
Jing-Bao Nie
1115-1135 THE drivers of surgical innovation
Tony Eyers
A national study of healthcare complaints in Australia: 2000 - 2010
Marie Bismark*, Matthew Spittal, Lyle Gurrin, Michael Ward, David Studdert
Evaluative conditioning and regulation of direct to consumer advertising of prescription medicines (DTCA)
Paul Biegler
Re-examining the underlying principles of the New Zealand criminal responsibility
Amir Bastani
1140-1200 Responsibility and surgical innovation: locating ethics in responsive regulation
Colin Thomson
Pharmacists' moral obligations in the provision of methadone
Betty Chaar
Banning promotional pens while permitting pharmaceutical funding of guidelines.
Why current management of conflict of interest is a modern day version of doing a Pontius Pilate

Michael Sinnott*, Sarah Winch
"Nature or nurture": the cultural implications of fair-play in the ethics and law of the human genome project
Luke Strongman
1205-1225 A clinical ethics network for New Zealand
Alastair Macdonald
Disclosure training: how to train clinicians effectively and ethically
Fiona Hawthorne, Erin Finn*, Jillann Farmer
The challenge of the responsible regulation of nanomedicine
Jennifer Moore
Ought-onomy: A critique of formalised theories of bioethical autonomy
Samuel Ujewe
1230-1250 Doctors' views on the role and utility of a Clinical Ethics Advisory Group in New Zealand
Libby Dai
Developing competent professionals through teaching and assessment of ethics
Sanya Ram*, Kate Chesney*, Betty Chaar*
Self-regulation of food and alcohol advertising: Can companies be responsible for public health?
Belinda Reeve
1250 Lunch
Concurrent Session B
  Workshop & Bite
Chair: Eleanor Milligan
Rangitoto 1
Rangitoto 2
Chair: Charlotte Paul
Rangitoto 3
Browns Island 1
1340-1425 Should we define a 'serious disability' for the purposes of regulating pre-implantation genetic diagnosis and abortion and, if so, how?
Kristin Savell*, Isabel Karpin*

Responsibility-What do we mean by it-And do I care?
Paul Macneill

Tensions around ethics review and Maori consultation: A workshop exploring key issues and experiences - a project in progress.
Barry Smith
Patients' reproductive expectations, laws on 'owning' bodily material, and laws on post mortem conception
Loane Skene

How do we know research ethics committees protect research participants? A research agenda
Susan Bull*, Barry Smith*


1450-1510 Pharmacogenomics and the potential for genetic discrimination that increases health inequalities
Jayne Hewitt
1510 Afternoon Tea & Poster Session
Poster authors: please stand by your posters to answer questions from delegates
  Kirby Oration
Ron Paterson
1530-1615 Māori Health, the Re-indigenisation of Aotearoa New Zealand, and the Ethics of Indigeneity
Professor Mason Durie
1615 AABHL AGM - All members are encouraged to attend
1715 Sessions close.
  Guests to make their own way to the Fale Pasifika, 26 Wynyard St, University of Auckland – just off Alten Road. Approximately $15NZD taxi ride from downtown Auckland
1930 till late Conference Dinner
Fale Pasifika
Saturday 14 July 2012
0800 Registration
  Chair: Joanna Manning
0830-0915 Fair game?: Working the system and bending the rules
Dr Nancy Berlinger
0915-1000 Rationalizing unethical research: Tuskegee and Cartwright revisited
Professor Charlotte Paul
1000 Morning Tea
Concurrent Session C
  Law & End of Life
Chair: Joanna Manning
Rangitoto 1
Advance Directives & Care Planning
Chair: Phillipa Malpas
Rangitoto 2
Reproductive Technologies & Enhancement
Chair: Rachel Ankeny
Rangitoto 3
Patient Safety
Chair: Ron Paterson
Browns Island 1
1020-1040 Suicide, refusing treatment and assisted suicide: the problem of harm and the necessity defence
Cameron Stewart
Advance Care Directives: not just for end-of-life
Sandra Bradley*, Jean Murray
Informed consent and assisted reproductive technology
Alison Douglass*, John Angus*

"Patient safety investigation" or "Disciplinary process to find fault " how do we decide?
Ben Gray

1045-1105 Doctors knowledge of and compliance with the law on withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity: a pilot study
Lindy Willmott*, Ben White, Colleen Cartwright, Malcolm Parker, Gail Williams
Advance Care Planning (ACP) in New Zealand: Does the law matter?
MaryLeigh Moore
Enhancement and the possibility of harm
Stacey Broom

After Bundaberg: The responsibilities of health administrators
Fiona McDonald*, Paula Bowman
1110-1130 Developing prosecutorial guidelines for voluntary euthanasia and assisted suicide in Australia
Ben White*, Jocelyn Downie
Humane implementation of future refusals of treatment
Noeline Monaghan
Harm and commercial surrogacy in Australia
Tammy Johnson

The influence of legal frameworks on patient safety issues within home care settings: a study from Canada
Michelle Giroux
1135-1155 When are judges using ethical reasoning in end-of-life cases?
Kathryn McAuley
What is actually written? Resuscitation documentation in clinical case notes: ethical, legal and clinical issues.
Margaret Brown*, Ravi Rubera, Campbell Thompson
Selective reproduction, harm, and the non-identity principle
Michelle Taylor-Sands
A fair dinkum duty of open disclosure following medical error
Malcolm Parker
1200-1220 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and 'neither hastening nor prolonging life.' Is it time for hospices to review their 'not for resuscitation' status?
Wendy Muircroft
Ethical issues in pre-hospital settings: An international perspective
Craig Klugman*, Jennifer Bard*
Max Charlesworth Winner Open disclosure involves more than patient rights - A New Zealand experience
Robert Logan
Teaching medical ethics to meet the realities of a changing health care system
Michael Millstone
1220 Lunch
Concurrent Session D
  Ethics & End of Life
Chair: Cameron Stewart
Rangitoto 1
Research & Injury Compensation
Chair: Andrew Crowden
Decision Making & Control
Chair: Loane Skene
Chair: Mal Parker
1310-1330 Harm, health and responsibility in end-of-life care
Calvin Ho*, Karel Caals
Clinical trials, human concerns & ethical review: Indian perspective
Sripada Venkata Joga Rao
Policing women through policy: Analysis of Australian guidelines for pregnant women, 1985-present
Rachel Ankeny*, Catharine Kevin

CAM and the registered medical practitioner
Alma Rae

1335-1355 A survey on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide among doctors and patients in a multi-cultural society in Malaysia
Mohammed Fauzi Abdul Rani*, Mohamad Yusof Rathor, Jasni Mohamad Zain
Doing ethical disability research: minimising harm for participant and researcher
Hilary Stace
John McPhee Winner Harm and the home: Can the harm principle guide legislation of parental practices?
Monique Jonas
Deciding for dementia patients - the responsibilities and challenges
Kanny Ooi
1400-1420 Harms and responsibilities associated with Battery-Operated Implants (BOI): Who controls post-mortem explantation?
Katrina Bramstedt
Impact of New Zealand's 2005 compensation reforms on patient safety and professional accountability for harm
Katharine Wallis
Capacity, harm and mental illness: The potentially ill or incapable patient who objects to assessment
Sascha Callaghan*, Kerri Eagle*, Christopher Ryan*
Re-thinking harm: the case of ketamine sedation in paediatric practice.
Michael Neufeld*, Rosemary Godbold, Tineke Water
1425-1445 Is brain death outdated now the new pathway to organ donation is here?
Judith Kennedy*, Michael Kennedy
The New Zealand's statutory compensation scheme for treatment injuries: A critical analysis of its ethical premises
Tanya Skaler
The ethics of legal capacity: Protection from harm and enhancing autonomy
Alison Douglass*, Lynne Bowyer*, Grant Gillett
Is the media's portrayal of organ donation in Australia harmful?
Eleanor Milligan*, Sarah Winch*, Rebekah Adams
1445 Afternoon Tea
Concurrent Session E
  Bioethics Cafe
Rangitoto 1
Research Stream Activity Bioethics Cafe Protection From Harm
Chair: Bernadette Richards

How do we decide who goes blind?
Sarah Winch*, Eleanor Milligan*, Mabel Tsui*

Toward transparent and inclusive human research ethics review processes
Nikola Stepanov *, Andrew Crowden*

Panel Members:
Colin Thomson, Kandy White

Whose harm? Whose responsibility? Refusals of critical medical treatment in pregnancy
Sascha Callaghan* Christopher Ryan*, Kristin Savell*
Poorly performing doctors: ensuring competence and public confidence
Ron Paterson
1545-1615 When Do Impaired Doctors become a Risk to the Public?
Helen Kiel


Closing Plenary
  Closing Session
Chair: Monique Jonas
1640-1720 An atypical suicide
Professor Carl Elliott
1720-1730 And Handover to 2013 Conference Committee
Ron Paterson & Cameron Stewart



Posters will be displayed for the duration of the conference. Authors will also be asked to attend their poster during Morning Tea and Afternoon Tea on Friday 13th July 2012 to discuss the poster with other delegates. Authors are asked to prepare their posters in portrait (not landscape) style with a visual area of 950mm wide x 1940mm high.

1 Cultural differences cherished and transcended: Toward a transcultural bioethics
Jing-Bao Nie
2 Using Visual technology in advance care planning education
Craig Klugman


Important Dates

Abstract Notifications 23 April
Presenter Registration 4 May
Student Essays Due 4 May
Early-Bird Closes 21 May
Conference 12 July