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Centre for Gender and Global Health Speaker Series

Narrative, Reason and Passions in Clinical Ethics: why you shouldn’t “keep the emotions out of it” and why it’s important to be explicit

Dr Melanie Jansen

Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 12:45 pm - 2pm

The Kennedy Lecture Theatre, Institute for Child Health, 30 Guildford Street, London WC1E 

You are warmly invited to attend the Centre for Gender and Global Health’s Inaugural Speaker Series event on Tuesday 3rd October 2017 at the Institute for Global Health.

To start our monthly series, we are thrilled to be hosting Dr Melanie Jansen, visiting Clinical Ethics Fellow at the Greater Ormond Street Hospital. Dr Jansen is an Australian medical doctor and Advanced Trainee in Paediatrics and Paediatric Intensive Care. She was instrumental in founding the Centre for Children’s Health Ethics and Law Centre at Children’s Health Queensland and is a Churchill Fellow, researching ways to enrich and inform the development of paediatric clinical ethics services. She completed a Master of Arts and Philosophy at the University of Queensland during her advanced training and is also interested in promoting the arts and creativity in medicine and in bringing more philosophy into the clinical setting. 

Her presentation is titled: "Narrative, Reason and Passions in Clinical Ethics: why you shouldn’t “keep the emotions out of it” and why it’s important to be explicit"

Why do healthcare providers think that they must “keep their emotions out of it” to make a good ethical decision? Is narrative exploration a key to the process of making the implicit explicit? Melanie hopes to discuss how feminism can benefit our approach to health ethics by breaking-down false dichotomies. She will explore approaches to cohering the narratives of the people involved in ethical decisions in healthcare so that value judgements can be made explicit and that an optimal plan can be established.

The format of the session will be a 30-minute presentation with a one hour round-table discussion after this. Feel free to suggest any discussion topics of interest, or put forward questions in response to Melanie’s presentation. Other topics open for discussion include feminism in family and career, and gender transformative approaches in the health workforce. 

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