Intensive Formation Seminars

Our seminars draw on high calibre local and international experts in their field, offering guidance and insights on significant topics debated in the public square. Seminars are led in collaboration with various ACU institutes and centres as well external organisations. We seek to offer students and young professionals the opportunity to engage in intensive formation, network building and ethical analysis.

Bioethics Seminar

Bioethics Revisited: A New Approach to Human Nature and the Practice of Healthcare Featuring Professor Carter Snead

Format: face to face with online presentations
Location: Peter Cosgrove Centre, Level 18, Tenison Woods House North Sydney
Date: Wednesday 27 January 9.00am - 4.00pm
Facilitator: Dr Xavier Symons, Plunket Centre for Ethics


This one-day academic seminar will provide attendees with a concise introduction to bioethics theory and practice, with a focus on the natural law tradition of bioethics as well as new trends in Catholic bioethical thought. The seminar will consider how a Christian anthropology and account of the human body can inform new approaches to seemingly intractable debates in contemporary medical ethics. This seminar features presentations delivered by world leading bioethicist Professor Carter Snead (Director, de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture) and Researcher Michael Wee (Anscombe Bioethics Centre) as well as leading Australian ethicists and healthcare professionals discussing applied dimensions of contemporary bioethics. The seminar is delivered in the form of short presentations followed by group discussion.

This seminar is a joint initiative of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics and the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Coordination.

Attendees: This seminar is for ethicists, health professionals and anyone involved in health policy, with a focus on young professionals and early career researchers. Admission to this seminar is by application Please apply by emailing the Plunkett Centre for Ethics,, outlining in 150 words or less why you would like to attend the seminar.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, applications are accepted based on the first 20 applications received and suitability of applicant as selected by the team at the Plunkett Centre for Ethics.





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For inquiries, please email Xavier Symons at

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