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Order of Malta Australia


Lecture series: Do Doctors have the right to object?


At the heart of much medical legislation today is a desire to restrict conscientious objection rights in favour of greater patient freedom. But is this such a good thing?

Cradio spoke to Plunkett Centre for Ethics Director and Member of the Order Dr Bernadette Tobin to find out about an alternative way to think about conscientious objection: does it exist as a right for government to protect, and there be  limits to that right?


 On Wednesday 11th June, Dr Bernadette Tobin will lecture on “A Synopsis of some contemporary controversies in Bioethics”. This will be the fourth lecture in a series.

Dr. Tobin’s lecture will cover a number of issues, including;

– Recently enacted legislation in some countries on euthanasia and the possible implications of this for Australia.

– Changes in Australian society’s views on abortion in general and also in possible circumstances concerning rape and the possibility of deformities.

– The ethical challenges being faced by the staff in our hospitals.  

Date:  Wednesday 11th June 2014

Time:  6.15pm arrival for 6.30pm start

Venue: University of Notre Dame Sydney , Lecture hall: NDS5/203 , Level 2, Pioneer House, Corner of Buckland Street and Broadway

RSVP: Email or telephone 02 9331 8477

Driving: there will be some parking in Buckland St and plenty of parking in the Broadway Centre in Bay St off Broadway – about five minutes from UND.



Cradio is a non-profit organisation seeking to put new technologies to the service of the Church in Australia.

Cradio was founded in 2010 under the guidance of  Bishop Julian Porteous, and is the only outlet of its kind in Australia. It is a free service that  includes a variety of Catholic programs, talks and music available via the 24-hour audio stream, or on-demand on the website and iTunes.

At the heart of Cradio’s activities is its mission to ‘nourish the soul of the digital generation’, or in the words of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, to ‘evangelise the digital continent’. By providing news, catechesis, discussion and entertainment they hope to create a place where Catholics and non-Catholics can go to learn about and celebrate the Catholic faith free from the skewed messages presented in secular media.


Previous articles on the lecture series:

Listen to Owen Vyner’s lecture The Grace of the Sacrament of Reconciliation: Healing for a Broken World”

Cradio interview with Owen Vyner: Why should I confess my sins?

Lecture series: Cradio interview with Anna Krohn on Feminism & Equality: has the Church fallen behind?

 “Many Great Leaders of the Church Were and Will Be Women” – Article source: Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

Listen to Prof Rowland’s lecture on The Three Theological Virtues: Why do faith, hope and love matter in the 21st Century

Listen to an Interview with Prof Rowland on the theological virtues of faith, hope & love.

Important Lecture Series to Help Catholics Better Understand their Faith – article on the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney website

The Australian Association

The Australian Association, formed in 1974, currently has in excess of 300 members and aspirant members across every State and Territory of Australia. We also have ongoing and strong links with the Order’s National Associations throughout the Asia Pacific Region including in Singapore and the Philippines and with members of the Order in New Zealand, Hong Kong SAR, Thailand and Korea. The Order of Malta is committed to serving Our Lords the Poor and Sick worldwide and has done so for over 900 years. This website shares with you the history, mission and current activities of the Order of Malta in Australia, and provides links to the work of the Order world-wide.