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Thinking beyond the virus

Online zoom series for academics interested in social medicine and infectious diseases
This forum will enable a range of people to come together during these unique and historical pandemic times in which we are living, to discuss the vast ethical issues that have arisen and create an environment for academics to interact through mutual interest, creating networks that could lead to collaborations.

Journal Club Initative co-hosted by Bio-humanities Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Facuty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS), Charles Perkins Centre (CPC), Marie Bashir Institute (MBI), Sydney Health Ethics (SHE), Centre for Research Excellence in Emerging Infectious Diseases (CREID) and Australian Partnership for Preparedness Research on Infectious Disease Emergencies (APPRISE)

Research conversations on ethics and infectious diseases

The concept is for academics from various faculties, schools, centres and groups that share a common interest in social medicine and infectious diseases to join a journal club format hour. The allocated presenter will circulate a maximum of two articles of their choice with an ethics and infectious diseases focus, a week prior to the presentation/discussion. The journal article(s) will be presented by the academic (max 20 min), the ethical issues will be discussed through a series of ethical questions that arise from the articles (30 min) and a final discussion to identify any action points that could be executed from the meeting (10 min) will conclude the hour.

Action points could include the development of working groups to:

  • develop policies where required
  • develop ethics papers
  • discuss if change implementation in particular areas are needed and how these could be achieved
  • explore research ideas and prepare research grant applications

The presentations will be held every four weeks and will run via ZOOM. We will be asking for volunteers to nominate themselves as a presenter who will then run the ethical discussions. We encourage all academic levels to participate and nominate themselves. This forum will enable a range of people to come together during these unique and historical pandemic times in which we are living, to discuss the vast ethical issues that have arisen and create an environment for academics to interact through mutual interest, creating networks that could lead to collaborations.

Session dates and presenters

14 September 2020: “Patterns of epidemics” by Prof Warwick Anderson presenting on Charles Rosenberg’s paper Explaining an Epidemic.

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12pm, 28 October 2020: Vulnerable: Law Policy and Ethics of COVID-19 by Dr Kathryn MacKay

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Readings from open access book, chapters 2 and 4

  • CHAPTER C-2 Privacy, Ethics, and Contact-Tracing Apps Teresa Scassa, Jason Millar, and Kelly Bronson (265)
  • CHAPTER C-4 The Punitive Impact of Physical Distancing Laws on Homeless People Terry Skolnik (287)

12pm, 16 November 2020: Living with cancer during the pandemic: does care 'bend' under duress by Dr Alex Page.

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A (short) reading: Broom, A., Kenny, K., Page, A. et al. (2020). ‘The Paradoxical Effects of COVID-19 on Cancer Care: Current Context and Potential Lasting Impacts’Clinical Cancer Research, DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-2989 

Supplementary Report (Only for the diehards): Cancer Australia. (2020). COVID-19 Recovery: Implications for cancer care. 

 

7 December 2020: Check back later for updated details