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Lecture Overview

Medical necessity v a potential for misuse. Can the study of ethics help us to determine if the potential to relieve suffering and improve symptoms outweighs the potentially harmful effects of cannabis? This timely and engaging lecture on the ethical considerations of legalising marijuana is not to be missed.


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Dr Richard Matthews graduated with a PhD in Philosophy from Queen’s University, Canada in 1999. He has taught philosophy, social justice, and medical ethics at multiple universities. In addition, he has been a visiting research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (2008) and at the University of Western Australia (2010). Dr Matthews’ research focus is the nature, consequences, and ethics surrounding violence. His main work is on the ethics of torture "The Absolute Violation: why torture must be prohibited" (Montreal & Kingston, MQUP, 2008). He has also published multiple essays on torture, social justice, and music education, as well as health ethics. Along with his academic career, Dr Matthews spent three and a half years working as a practising bioethicist – primarily in Indigenous health and long-term care – in northwestern Ontario. His bioethical interests focus on health ethics with Indigenous people and social justice in health care.


17 Total Rating(s)
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Rekha Shrestha
25 May 2019


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Steve Jones
12 May 2019

Excellent info and well presented

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Kylie Bourne
06 May 2019

very informative and aware of the insight into medicinal marijuana

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Adrienne Hokin
27 Apr 2019

Interesting and informative

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Lois Scheidegger
25 Mar 2019

Very interesting and well presented. This presentation has given me a new insight on the subject.

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Patricia Fryett
23 Feb 2019


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Nicholas Stewart Cleave
21 Feb 2019

Excellent presenter, thought provoking and myth busting.

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Rozz Parsons
04 Feb 2019

Well structured and thought provoking.

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Lily Hung Chen Hu
19 Jan 2019

Very attractive topic.

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Georgia Jones
11 Jan 2019

This lecturere had a lot of good information and spoke clearly and was engaging.

CPD44m of CPD
Total Rating(s)  17
Published06 December 2018
Expires21 June 2021
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