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Brisbane begins new bioethics era

Life 	lessons: Dr Ray Campbell and Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filipini with students Terri Mclean, Angela Harris, Robert de Weger, Kimberley Pfeiffer and Paul Blom.

Life lessons: Dr Ray Campbell and Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filipini with students Terri Mclean, Angela Harris, Robert de Weger, Kimberley Pfeiffer and Paul Blom.

By Libby Blom

MELBOURNE’S John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family has begun offering bioethics courses in Brisbane.

The courses are run by the Queensland Bioethics Centre.

Seven students recently spent a weekend on preparation for the first subject to be offered in Brisbane – The Philosophical Foundations of Bioethics.

A spokesman said the course was an opportunity for Brisbane people interested in deepening their knowledge and understanding of the ethical questions and responses arising in the area of health care and the biological sciences.

“The courses are suitable for health care professionals, teachers, clergy, those who are members of ethics committees or thinking of nominating and anyone interested in furthering their own knowledge,” he said.

“The knowledge gained will help people in their own personal decision-making and in guiding others in navigating their way through often complex questions.”

The institute offers graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters degrees in bioethics and doctorate studies.

The courses will be offered in intensive mode – initially planned to involve four Friday nights and four Saturdays, but subject to change.

The subjects will be covered in face-to-face lectures and discussions, with students having full use of the Queensland Bioethics Centre library.

As well as assisting with lecturing, QBC director Dr Ray Campbell will be available to assist students.

Enrolments and administration are managed through the office of the institute registrar. Full descriptions can be found on the institute website: http://www.jp2institute.org

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