Getting clear on what counts as dignity-promoting dementia care

By Hojjat Soofi. There are increasing calls to offer more dignity-promoting care to people with dementia, particularly in long-term care settings. In Australia, the recent Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety recommends revising the foundational principles that underpin current care practices in residential aged care facilities (RACFs), which are home to many people […]

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A new research ethics framework to consider environmental impacts requires a re-imagining of how health research is conceptualised

By Gabrielle Samuel and Cristina Richie. Developed countries’ health care systems comprise a significant proportion of their national carbon emissions (e.g., 6% in Great Britain) that, in turn, contribute to global emissions. These carbon emissions are compounded by other health issues such as climate change health hazards; social issues like war and environmental migration; and […]

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“Their body, still their choice”

By Kyle van Oosterum. In ‘My body, not my choice: against legalised abortion’, Perry Hendricks offers an intriguing argument that suggests the state can coerce pregnant women into continuing to sustain their fetuses. This argument certainly piqued my interest given the recent overturning of Roe vs. Wade which means that the constitutional right to abortion […]

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Vaccine lotteries for children: Considering the ethics of financial incentives for children

By Nathan Hodson and Ray Jerram. The coronavirus pandemic had enormous consequences for children. Around the world, children missed months or even years of school, losing out on learning, exercise and friendship. Although they generally had far lower morbidity and mortality from SARS-Cov-2, the loss of grandparents and parents affected many. Children were also the […]

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Is neoliberalism bad for our health?

By Kate Lyle, Susie Weller, Gabby Samuel, Anneke Lucassen Neoliberalism promotes the rights and responsibilities of individuals to make their own choices and manage their own risks, and as a political approach dominates Western societies. As such, neoliberalism has driven a preoccupation with quantifying and managing risks within society; the idea being that clarifying the […]

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