Organ and Tissue Authority

Upcoming Public Forum on Ethical Issues at Deakin University

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Organ and tissue donation and transplantation touches the lives of thousands of Australian families each year. Advances in medicine, science and technology provide ever more opportunities for recovery of organs and tissues that can be used in transplantation to save or improve lives. However, these advances may also create ethical dilemmas for potential donors and transplant recipients, health professionals, policy makers and Australian society.

Controversial Conversations: A Public Forum on Ethical Issues in Donation and Transplantationprovides a unique opportunity for community members, health professionals, students, academics, journalists and policy makers to learn about a range of ethical issues relating to organ and tissue donation and transplantation. During the Forum, community members will have an unprecedented opportunity to be part of a conversation with international and Australian experts in the ethics of donation and transplantation.

A series of engaging presentations will introduce participants to topics such as: looking for a donor online; organ trafficking and transplant tourism; “opt out” and “opt-in” donation policies; and equity in donation and transplantation. Each presentation will be followed by a lively panel discussion during which there will be opportunities for audience interaction.

Venue: Deakin University, Burwood Campus, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria 3125
Date: Saturday 28 October 2017
Time: 9:45am to 4:30pm