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Cairns – Film Night – Against Our Oath

27 November 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Film Night

Wednesday 27th November @ 5:30pm
Cairns Base Hospital,
A Block

AGAINST OUR OATH FILM SCREENING!

A documentary feature film….

Ethical conflicts erupt for doctors as the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions made for refugee patients. If doctors cannot follow the ethics their medical profession is bound to, what will happen to their patients? Herein lies the extraordinary conflict of medical ethics versus politics that is playing out for doctors in Australia today.

About the film

Asylum seekers who arrive in Australia by boat are detained on the remote Pacific islands of Manus and Nauru. Ethical conflicts erupt for doctors working within this offshore system when the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions made for asylum seeker and refugee patients. If doctors cannot follow the ethics their profession is bound to, what will happen to their patients?

GOLD COIN ENTRY

Filmed over four years this documentary gets behind the hospital doors to hear from clinicians themselves, who face enormous political pressure, as they cannot always act in their patient’s best interest. Doctors become morally torn as they know they must never abandon their patients and the ethics upon which their medical profession was founded.

The government believes following doctors’ requests to transfer critically ill patients to lifesaving care in Australia would weaken Australia’s border protection system. Herein lies the extraordinary conflict of medical ethics versus politics that is playing out for doctors in Australia today. How will this conflict be resolved?

The film reflects on the origin of medical ethics going back to the Hippocratic Oath more than 2500 years ago. The Nuremberg Doctors Trial at the end of World War II saw these ethics modernised by the World Medical Association to create the Declaration of Geneva which doctors use today. First hand scenes of refugees being rescued from the Mediterranean Sea and then moving across Europe, interweave scenes in the film, with medical ethics as the backbone of the story.

https://www.againstouroath.com/

FILM SCREENING is HOSTED BY

Details

Date:
27 November 2019
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Organiser

Cairns for Refugees

Venue

Cairns Hospital Auditorium, Level 2, A Block, Cairns Hospital
cnr Esplanade and Kirwan St
Cairns, Queensland Australia
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