Search Results: medicine

  • AUSTRALIA

    Patients lost at the health care checkout

    • Frank Bowden
    • 28 May 2009
    16 Comments

    To be a patient is to place yourself in the hands of another, to give them your trust and expect it to be honoured. If you call sick people 'clients' or 'customers' you risk turning healing into a commodity to be purchased — or rationed.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    Exploding pig flu

    • Bronwyn Lay
    • 27 May 2009
    8 Comments

    As Australia deals with its own incursion of H1N1, a strange event on a Geneva-bound train reminds us that this virus is in human hands. Meanwhile the manufacture of a vaccine for the virus raises doubts about medical ethics and equity.

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  • RELIGION

    On blaming God for swine flu

    • Andrew Hamilton
    • 06 May 2009
    15 Comments

    An American priest reportedly claimed that swine flu was God's punishment for sin. The idea that God might use natural disasters to punish people is repugnant. But at first glance the Scriptures do seem to represent God as doing just that.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Beginning of the end for US Cuban embargo

    • Antonio Castillo
    • 22 April 2009
    4 Comments

    The Fifth Summit of the Americas will be remembered for Obama's pledge to 'seek a new beginning with Cuba'. He could be the statesman to end the Cuban embargo, the foreign policy blunder that has caused much pain to Cuba and its people.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

    An outsider's guide to the Tamil crisis

    • Natalie Francis
    • 17 April 2009
    19 Comments

    Hundreds of Australian Tamil people gathered outside Kirribilli to protest the attacks on Tamil civilians in northern Sri Lanka. Not wanting to wake the neighbours, they kept their voices down. But the message was clear: 'Please listen.'

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  • RELIGION

    Euthanasia: doctors' conscience vs patient rights

    • Frank Brennan
    • 02 March 2009
    2 Comments

    The medical pledge to do no harm no matter what the cost effective benefits, and the conscience of the doctor are still key elements in any law which promotes good medicine. –Frank Brennan, addressing the Medico Legal Society of Victoria

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  • RELIGION

    Human rights without God

    • Frank Brennan
    • 27 February 2009
    3 Comments

    Professor Martha Nussbaum's recent book Liberty of Conscience provides a rich textured treatment of the place of religion in the public square. If God is taken out of the picture, it may be difficult to maintain a human rights commitment to the weakest and most despised in society.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Poems about Gaza

    • Anne Benjamin and Deborah Ruiz Wall
    • 03 February 2009
    1 Comment

    phosphorus .. above empty streets .. politicians promise .. vengeance will bring peace

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Thoughts from a Gaza voyeur

    • Peter Matheson
    • 08 January 2009
    4 Comments

    An overweening trust in military muscle has led Israel into this campaign; it is hard to overlook the parallels with the Shock and Awe curtain-raiser to the Iraq debacle. It seems there is an unspoken assumption that Palestinian lives are not so important as Israeli ones.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Rudd's random acts of political kindness

    • Michael Mullins
    • 15 December 2008
    3 Comments

    As Kevin Rudd ends 2008 and his first year on a high, it seems he's every bit the trickster John Howard was. We're heading into one of the worst recessions in living memory, yet the government leapt to a six month high in last week's Newspoll. 

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Two computer poems

    • Michelle O'Connor | Tammy Ho Lai-Ming
    • 18 November 2008
    1 Comment

    It would have to be the world-wide web... wouldn't it? ... But you wouldn't call it hubris, would you?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Australian superwomen left holding the poison

    • Moira Rayner
    • 03 November 2008
    5 Comments

    Commentators predict the economic crisis will see firms fall back on tried-and-true experienced male managers. Women who mould themselves on men whose language and patterns of relationships were formed in the schoolyard will not last long.

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