Law & Medicine Down Under: Shared Experiences, Divergent Paths

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Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House

Law & Medicine Down Under: Shared Experiences, Divergent Paths

Join SIU in Sydney, Australia for an Educational Journey

June 7- 13, 2015

Continuing Education Program

In 1788, just twelve years after the United States adopted the Declaration of Independence, Governor Arthur Phillip sailed the First Fleet into Botany Bay to start a new British penal colony. This educational program for medical and legal professionals will explore the shared experiences and divergent paths of Australia and America since their founding periods with special focus on today’s most fascinating and pressing law and medicine topics.

In addition to receiving lectures from international experts in their fields, participants can take part in various cultural and tourist activities, including cruising the majestic Sydney Harbour during the Vivid Sydney Festival, visiting the iconic Sydney Opera House, and traveling to the serene Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. The weekend of our arrival coincides with special events in Sydney for the Queen's Birthday

Planned program excursions include the Police & Justice Museum, Hyde Park Barracks, and the New South Wales District Court. 

This program is sponsored by the SIU School of Law and the SIU School of Medicine, and is supported, in part, by funds from the First Health Medical Provider Class represented by SL Chapman LLC.

Course Sessions (tentative)

  • The Shared Experiences of Indigenous Peoples in Australia & America    
  • The Consequences of Modern Day Incarceration in Australia & America 
  • Comparing Medical Tort Reform in America & Australia
  • Law and Medicine Lessons from Australia's Universal Health Care System
  • Australia’s Court System
  • End of Life Decisions—Defining Death and the Choice to Die   
  • Mandatory Psychiatric Treatment and the UN Convention On The Rights Of Persons With Disabilities: The Widening U.S./Australian Gap in the Standard for Involuntary Treatment 
  • Australian & American Paths to Gun Control 

See full session descriptions here.

Program Faculty

Cynthia Fountaine
Dean & Professor of Law

Kevin Dorsey
Dean & Professor of Medicine

W. Eugene Basanta
SIH Professor of Law & Medicine Emeritus

Lucian Dervan
Associate Professor of Law

Christine Todd
Associate Professor and Chair of Medical Humanities

Stephen M. Soltys
Professor of Medicine & Chair of Department of Psychiatry

Edward Dawson
Assistant Professor of Law

Christopher Ryan
Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Sydney Medical School

Carmelle Peisah
Clinical Associate Professor, University of Sydney Medical School

Andrew Wilson
Professor and Director, Menzies Centre for Health Policy, The University of Sydney

Roy Beran
Associate Professor, UNSW Medicine

John Devereux
Professor, University of Queensland, TC Beirne School of Law

Philip Alpers
Associate Professor, University of Sydney School of Public Health