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Death is behind closed doors in our society and is it time that it is at the forefront of discussion....

Death is behind closed doors in our society and is it time that it is at the forefront of discussion.
We are all going to die but not always something we plan or prepare for in life.

This forum will help to demystify death and get us talking openly about what traditionally has been a pretty taboo subject. Death is a subject that we shy away from and yet we openly talk about sex.

As an intelligent society, surely we can work openly to create policy around euthanasia and life choices.

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    • D ing ith D gity
    • D ing ith D gity AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FESTIVAL EVENT Date: Tuesday, August 3 from 5.30pm Live Broadcast Venue: The Bradman Theatre at the National Convention Centre Death is behind closed doors in our society and is it time that it is at the forefront of discussion. We are all going to die but not always something we plan or prepare for in life. This forum will help to demystify death and get us talking openly about what traditionally has been a pretty taboo subject. Death is a subject that we shy away from and yet we openly talk about sex. As an intelligent society, surely we can work openly to create policy around euthanasia and life choices. Moderator: Paul Barclay from ABC Radio National’s Australia Talks Paul Barclay - Host of ABC Radio National Big Ideas Australia Talks is a daily national talkback program. It’s a forum for the discussion of a specific topic with the involvement of expert guests, You can hear the views of people in capital cities, provincial towns, on farms and in remote communities responding to a broad range of issues – everything from politics, economics, social and international affairs to sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. Panel Speakers: Dr Philip Nitschke, Exit International For more than a decade, Dr Philip Nitschke has been the face of the voluntary euthanasia debate both in Australia and around the world. Philip came to prominence after becoming the first doctor in the world to administer a legal lethal voluntary injection to a terminally ill patient in the Northern Territory in 1996. He is Director of Australia’s largest VE infor- mation / advocacy non-profit ExitInternational.net. Philip holds a PhD in applied physics from Flinders University and is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School. Philip divides his time between Australia, the US and UK. Associate Professor Patrick McArdle, Campus Dean Australian Catholic University (Sign- adu) Dr Patrick McArdle has a PhD in practical theology and postgraduate qualifications in moral theology and education. His research and publications also encompass applied ethics, theological anthropology, euthanasia and education. He has extensive aca- demic and applied research experience in wide ranging areas of public policy and has served in senior policy roles in federal and state governments. Dr Scott Blackwell, Palliative Care Australia president elect and a GP who works in community palliative care and residential aged care ·Dr Kaarin Anstey, Director of the Ageing Research Unit at the Australian National University’s Centre for Mental Health Research, ANU Contact Deputy Director – ASF Limited – Eleanor Gates-Stuart Eleanor.gates-stuart@asflimited.com.au 02 6205 0588 www.sciencefestival.com.au - 02 6205 0588 Australian Science Festival - 2-15 August 2010 Information within this document is owned by ASF Limited and must not be used without written permission from the Executive Director.