Just prenatal testing? The science, ethics, and policy of testing for Down syndrome -Rob Cole

This is the last in our new year series showcasing some of the work that has recently been undertaken by students of the Bioethics Centre.  I’m sure there will be more abstracts to come as other students complete their studies, but this will probably be the last one for a little while.   Just prenatal […]

Allocation and Ageism in Aotearoa: An exploration of the ethical justification for age-based healthcare rationing – Deborah Lambie

Here is another example of the research carried out by students of the Bioethics Centre. Allocation and Ageism in Aotearoa: An exploration of the ethical justification for age-based healthcare rationing  Bachelor of Medical Science (Honours) Abstract: New Zealand’s population, like many first world countries, is ‘ageing’.  This will place our healthcare system under increasing and […]

Science or entertainment? Debunking Dr. Oz

A fellow postgrad, Taryn Knox (check out her thoughts in the comments below), just sent me the link to Dr. Oz’s Miraculous Medical Advice: Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. This article critically analyses day-time TV host Dr. Oz’s so-called ‘medical advice’. It is an extremely interesting look into the type of methods […]

Awakening from PVS or revealing medical mistakes: on re-writing and re-reading textbooks – by Professor Grant Gillett

We are at the moment confronted with yet another case of apparent “wakening” from Persistent Vegetative State (PVS), prompting one commentator to claim that “We will have to re-write the medical textbooks” (for story, see here). I would like to suggest that it might be better to recommend reading the medical textbooks first. PVS is […]

Medecins Avec Frontieres: Doctors With Borders and Medical Protectionism in New Zealand

Medecins Avec Frontieres: Doctors With Borders and Medical Protectionism in New Zealand As a New Zealand medical undergraduate, I am constantly reminded of the coming ‘tidal wave’ of Australian medical graduates by both student and professional medical organisations. In short, there are too many Australian doctors being trained, for too few Australian jobs. The situation […]