Public Lecture: LGBTI Human Rights: From pink triangles to social acceptance? Reflections on human rights and the journey still to come

Presented by ACON and Sydney Health Ethics, this public lecture will explore the intersections of human rights and LGBTI people with diverse sexualities, genders and sex characteristics.

Speakers will provide contemporary and historical examples of the ways that sexual and gender minorities have experienced human rights challenges and reflect on the treatment of LGBTI people through legal and social frameworks.

Tuesday March 13
6:30pm – 8pm
Eternity Playhouse
39 Burton St
Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

CONTACT: Zahra Stardust · ZStardust@acon.org.au · 02 9206 2085

Public Talk: Mental Illness and the Holocaust: Crime and Reconciliation

The Mental Health Commission of New South Wales invites you to join us for a public talk and exhibition preview: Mental Illness and the Holocaust: Crime and Reconciliation.

This talk examines the way psychiatry, particularly the pseudoscience of eugenics, was used by Nazis to justify the horrific killing of racial groups and those with mental illness and physical disability.

Professor Frank Schneider will talk about the program known as Aktion T4, which particularly targeted people with mental illness, and about recent attempts to deal with the legacy of past atrocities. Professor Schneider, a psychiatrist and scholar of the history of Aktion T4, was the architect of the German Society for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy’s apology for the actions of German psychiatrists in the 1930s and 40s. He will speak about this history, and how the apology has changed the relationship between the German people and the psychiatry profession, beginning a process of healing.

Following the talk, attendees are invited to a preview of Professor Schneider’s exhibition “Registered, Persecuted, Annihilated: The Sick and the Disabled under National Socialism”.

Thursday 8 March 2018
 2pm – 4pm
Sydney Jewish Museum, 148 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Cost: Free

Invitation: Working the past: Aboriginal Australia and psychiatry

A Sydney Ideas forum at the University of Sydney, Wednesday 7 March 2018

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have historically been subject to much more misdiagnosis, mistreatment, incarceration and coercion than other Australians in the hands of psychiatric institutions, psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. The ramifications of psychiatry’s sometimes unwitting, indifferent or knowing complicity in past harmful practices and beliefs have been far-reaching. They extend from the health and well-being of the individual patient, to human rights and social justice concerns that prevail in contemporary Australian society.
How do we come to grips with the past, and how do we do so in just ways? What are the responsibilities of psychiatry to ensure a contribution to improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional health and well-being? What can apology and other forms of recognition achieve? What can we learn from other projects of apology and recognition? These questions will be the basis of our discussion by a panel of distinguished speakers, including Professor Steven Larkin, Professor Alan Rosen, Professor Frank Schneider, Ms Joanne Selfe, and Dr Robyn Shields.

Wednesday 7 March
6 – 7.30pm
Law School Foyer
Level 2 Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney, Camperdown 2006

Free and open to all, with online registration essential. Register online now.

Federal Right-to-Try Legislation — Threatening the FDA’s Public Health Mission

NEJM, 10 January 2018
Authors: Steven Joffe, Holly Fernandez Lynch
“Though popular with the public and supported by politicians from both parties, the legislation has been widely criticized by policy experts. In isolation, its impact would probably be limited, since the bill was substantially hollowed out to secure the necessary votes. Nonetheless, the motivation behind the proposed legislation threatens to weaken the FDA’s ability to pursue its public health mission.”
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Makers of Nurofen ran ‘misleading and deceptive’ campaign against Panadol: court

SMH, 11 January 2018
Author: Stephanie Gardiner
“Nurofen is better than paracetamol for common headaches,” declared the advertisements in women’s lifestyle magazines. The Federal Court has found that claim to be misleading and deceptive, after two pharmaceutical giants went head-to-head in a two-year legal battle.”
Find article here.