Aged Care Crisis: Ethics in our Modern Day Practice

A royal commission into Australia’s Aged Care service providers is looking to address systemic issues that are corrupting the noble service. Recent reports (Feb 2019) state there were more than 3,700 assaults, either physical or mental on both residents or staff, in Australian nursing homes this past financial year. With more rigorous audits being conducted, more failings are being uncovered in the sector ranging from lower staff ratios to sub-standard practices becoming pervasive. With an ageing population, corrective action needs to be in place to resolve systemic issues as more people are looking at options for themselves or for loved ones who need the care they deserve. What should our carers be mindful of when looking after our elderly? What ethical considerations need emphasis during training? How can our elderly find the comfort and solace they so desperately seek to find whilst in other’s care?

Speaker Bios

Professor Simon Robinson

Simon Robinson is Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics, and Director of Research Centre for Governance, Leadership and Global Responsibility, Leeds Beckett University. Simon developed his academic work in business ethics and pastoral and social theology at Oxford, Heriot Watt, Edinburgh and Leeds Universities. He now focuses on business and professional ethics, the nature and practice of responsibility, responsibility and pedagogy, governance, and leadership ethics across all sectors. Among his publications: Moral Meaning and Pastoral Counselling; (ed. with Chris Megone) Case Histories in Business Ethics; Living Wills; (with Kevin Kendrick and Alan Brown) Spirituality and Healthcare; Ministry Amongst Students; (ed. with Clement Katulushi) Values in Higher Education; (with Ross Dixon, Chris Preece and Kris Moodley) Engineering, Business and Professional Ethics.

Professor Sandra Jones

Professor Sandra Jones is the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engagement at the Australian Catholic University. Her role provides leadership, advice and support for ACU’s community engagement strategy, including strategic frameworks that implement the new measurement of research engagement and impact. 
Prior to her current appointment Sandra was the Director of ACU’s Centre for Health and Social Research (CHaSR), a research centre focused on social marketing and community-based research. From 2001 to 2014 she was the Founding Director of the Centre for Health Initiatives at the University of Wollongong. Her research focuses on the relationship between media and health, including the impacts of advertising in the print and electronic media on health behaviour, and the use of social marketing to improve population health. She also conducts research in the area of advertising and marketing regulation, particularly in relation to alcohol marketing. Sandra has published more than 130 refereed papers and been awarded in excess of $7 million in research funding. Sandra is the also a Director of CatholicCare Melbourne

Professor Ismail Albayrak

Dr. Albayrak received his PhD degree from Leeds University in 2000. He works on Islamic studies and specifically on Qur’anic Studies, Classical exegesis, Contemporary Approaches to the Qur’an and Orientalism. He is also interested in the place of Muslim communities and their activities in Globalizing World together with the study of interfaith dialogue. Prof Albayrak completed his PhD studies in Qur’anic narrative and Isrâ’îliyyât in Western scholarship and in classical exegesis at the University of Leeds. Prof Albayrak’s recent books among his publications are Mastering Knowledge in Modern Times: Fethullah Gülen as an Islamic Scholar., Fethullah Gulen’s Approach to the Quranic Exegesis. He has successfully collaborated towards enriching academic society with cross cultural awareness and religious enlightenment in seminars delivered in academic and interfaith dialogue platforms. His interest field is classical and moderns exegesis, contemporary Muslim communities and interfaith dialogue. Prof Albayrak has participated in and organised many national and international conferences in the US, Germany, London, Turkey and Australia. Some of the significant conferences that he organised are From Dialogue to Collaboration: The Vision of Fethullah Gülen and Muslim-Christian Relations and Islamophobia: Fear of the Other Conference in 2009 and Oryantalizmi Yeniden Okumak: Batı’da İslam Çalışmaları/Re-evaluation of Orientalism: Islamic Studies in the West in 2002.

2019.03.26 ACU Panel