The program overview below is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds. Please check this page regularly.

Saturday 22nd September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

 0800 Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Open

Clinical Ethics workshop | Portside, Rydges Townsville

Afternoon workshop including afternoon tea.  $80 per person.  Book during registration for the AABHL conference; non-delegates are welcome.

This workshop is designed for those involved in the provision of clinical ethics support within organisations (such as clinical ethics committee members, clinical ethicists and clinicians).  Sessions will explore various aspects of clinical ethics support including advocacy, resource allocation, and the skills of conducting effective case consultations.

Sunday 23rd September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

0800 Pre-Conference Workshop Registration Open
0900-1200 Student/Early Career Researcher Stream Workshop | Portside, Rydges Townsville
Morning workshop including morning tea.  Attendance at this workshop by students (delegates and non-delegates welcome) and Early Career Researchers, fully subsidised by AABHL.  Numbers are limited and registration essential.
1000-1100 Health Law Group Meeting | Poolside Boardroom
1100-1700 AABHL Conference Registration Open | Conference Centre, Rydges Townsville
1130-1300 Committee Meeting | Palmer Boardroom
Opening Plenary | Raffles
Chair: Lynn Woodward
1300-1315 Welcome to Delegates | AABHL 2018 Chair Lynn Woodward
Welcome to Country
President’s Welcome

Kirby Oration: Dr Anne-Maree Farrell

Professor and Chair of Health Law and Society, ARC Future Fellow, Director Centre for Health Law and Society

Sponsored by The Australian Centre for Health Law Research

1430-1500 Afternoon Tea | Foyer
Concurrent Session A
  Savoy Kingston Raffles Portside
1500-1520 1500-1600 Workshop
1615-1635 1600-1700 Workshop

Civic Reception hosted by the Mayor | Townsville Yacht Club

The Welcome Drinks is the first social function of the conference. The ‘Ice-Breaker’. Don’t miss this opportunity to chance to catch up with colleagues and to meet other delegates, speakers and sponsors.

Monday 24th September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

0800 Registration Open | Conference Centre, Rydges Townsville
Plenary Session | Raffles
0830-0930 Integrity in Health Research Public Lecture

Invited Speaker: Professor Emma Kowal

Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and former Deputy Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at the Australian National University. She is a cultural and historical anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health before completing her PhD in 2007. Full biography.

1030-1100 Morning Tea | Foyer
Concurrent Session B
  Savoy Kingston Raffles Portside
1235-1400 Lunch | Foyer
1300 -1400 AABHL AGM – All Members Welcome 
Concurrent Session C
Savoy Kingston Raffles Portside
1500-1510 Changeover Break
1610-1640 Afternoon Tea | Foyer
Plenary Session | Raffles

Invited Speaker: Dr Christopher Mayes

Christopher Mayes is a Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and Research-Affiliate in Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with disciplinary backgrounds in philosophy and sociology.  Full biography.

1730 Sessions end
1800 Empirical Bioethics Stream Networking Meeting | Raffles
Free evening

Tuesday 25th September 2018 | Rydges Townsville

0800 Registration Open | Conference Centre, Rydges Townsville
Plenary Session | Raffles
0830-0915 Invited Speaker: Professor Richard Murray
Ethics, professionalism and the social contract: Socially accountable health professional education

Professor Richard Murray is the Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University and the President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. His career focus has been in rural and remote medicine, Aboriginal health, public health, tropical medicine, medical and health professional education and the healthcare needs of underserved populations.  Full biography.

0915-1000 Invited Speaker: Professor Michael Selgelid
Scalar Bioethics

Professor Michael Selgelid is Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash; and Chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics.  He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash and a Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK). Full biography.

1000-1030 Morning Tea | Foyer
Concurrent Session D
  Savoy Kingston Raffles Portside
1130-1140    Changeover Break
1240-1330 Lunch | Foyer
Concurrent Session E
Savoy Kingston Raffles Portside
1410-1415 Changeover Break
1500-1530 Afternoon Tea | Foyer
Closing Plenary Session | Raffles 

Invited Speaker: Professor Vikki Entwistle

Vikki Entwistle will take up position as Professor and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore from 1 July 2018. She is currently Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Full biography.

1615-1630 Close
 1740 Meet the ferry for the transfer to Magnetic Island

Conference Dinner | Peppers Blue on Blue Resort, Magnetic Island

Catch the ferry to the gorgeous Magnetic Island for a 3 course dinner and drinks to remember.  Tickets no charge for full registrations and $120 for guests and day registrations.  Book during registration.

Wednesday 26th September 2018 | Rydges Townsville


A selection of workshops will be held at the venue as part of the incoming AEN conference on Wednesday 26th September and AABHL Delegates are welcome to attend. 

Workshop fees are an additional cost to both AABHL and AEN delegates.  To book click HERE

0730-0830 Registration
Room Savoy Room Kingston Room Raffles Room
0830-1230 Consent in research

Facilitators: Professor Ian Kerridge and Professor Paul Komesaroff
This workshop will cover: Capacity to consent: Own consent; substitute decision maker for adults consent; parental / legal guardian consent. Approaches to consent: full consent; opt out; waiver of consent. Ascertaining level of risk and consent. Consent in different situations, e.g online research. Further information will be advised when available.
Research integrity

Facilitators: Dr Jillian Barr and Ms Anne Walsh
This workshop will cover: Update on Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. Managing misconduct – how to address problems that arise. How to facilitate adequate monitoring of studies. Further information will be advised when available.
1230-1300 Break
Room Savoy Room Kingston Room Raffles Room
1300-1700 HREC members training

Facilitators: Dr Conor Brophy and Ms Sara Potts
The purpose of the workshop is to provide Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) Members, HREC Administrators and those involved with the planning, conduct and review of research involving humans with a deeper understanding of the purpose and function of an HREC and their role within these committees. The workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with facilitators experienced in ethical deliberation on research and their peers in a supportive learning environment. The workshop will focus on the National Statement and other relevant guidance by means of practical consideration of research ethics application and the role of the HREC and researchers in applying this guidance.
Ethics Goverance of Human Research Data in the Age of Genomics

Facilitators: A/Professor Andrew Crowden and Dr Richard Roylance
It is reasonable to expect that contemporary genomic data governance arrangements should be developed to respect humans and non-human animals, promote fair distribution of benefits, foster trust, reciprocity and integrity while offering support to the advancement of research and scientific knowledge. If governance is inclusive, sustainable and responsive to current and future scientific developments then it is likely to be practically useful and ethical. Many will benefit. In this workshop, key challenges associated with the ethical governance of new [global] hybrid genomic data infrastructures (including genomic biobanks) will be identified and briefly discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to consider cases and make suggestions in response to practical examples. The Australian context is used as an initial focus for discussion. However, the claims and suggestions are applicable anywhere. They are particularly pertinent to situations where the scientific reliance on new hybrid genomic data infrastructures is outpacing considered ethical analysis.
Research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Facilitators: TBC
This workshop will cover: How to conduct consumer engagement. Reflecting on different population sizes in research depending on research location . Ethical consideration when conducting research with First Nations peoples. Update on revised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research ethics guidelines document.
1800 AEN Civic Reception hosted by the Townsville Mayor (AEN Delegates only)


About the Association

The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) was formed in 2009.

It encourages open discussion and debate on a range of bioethical issues, providing a place where people can ask difficult questions about ideas and practices associated with health and illness, biomedical research and human values.

The AABHL seeks to foster a distinctive Australasian voice in bioethics, and provide opportunities for international engagement through its membership, journal and conferences.

Members come from all the contributing humanities, social science and science disciplines that make up contemporary bioethics.

Many members have cross-disciplinary interests and all seek to broaden the dialogues in which all members of the wider community ultimately have an interest.

The AABHL is a supportive, creative and challenging community that provides a rich source of continuing academic refreshment and renewal.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.