The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
We are a university-based centre committed to the values of justice, dignity, respect and freedom - both intellectual and academic.
The Centre is a Faculty centre situated in the School of Clinical Medicine.
The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics contributes to excellence in bioethics by:
- Developing national and international research programmes,
- Ongoing curriculum development and teaching,
- Collaborating with other developing and developed world-based bioethicists on training and research projects,
- Advising health providers on policy matters, including resource allocation, rationing of health care services and monitoring standards of care for the ethical practice of the caring professions including medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and pharmacy,
- Providing an ethics consultation service at hospitals and clinics within the academic hospitals as well as the primary health care settings,
- Providing NGOs and other community groups with health care ethics advice and
- Community outreach as a social responsibility
Learn more about what Bioethics is.
Professor Ames Dhai's Inaugural Lecture
Protecting Participants in Health Research – Riding the Crest or Being Swept Under?
Protectionism is the notion that human beings should be protected from the risks, harms and wrongs that could result because of their participation in studies. An appraisal of health research in South Africa from the 1800’s reveals three distinct waves of protectionism with the advent of the strongest being in 1996. Will we manage to uphold our Constitutional promise of protectionism and will it continue riding the crest of the wave as we grapple with several competing research claims two decades down the line?
STEVE BIKO BIOETHICS SEMINAR 2017
“EQUITY AND ACCESS IN HEALTH: SHARED RESPONSIBILITIES”
Programme Chair: Professor Jeanine Vellema
Chair of Professional and Ethical Standards Committee
12h30 Registration and Refreshments
13h00 Opening and Welcome to Seminar: Professor Martin Veller
Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences
Steve Biko Bioethics Lecture: A Just Health System: Our Common Vision
By Dr Gwen Ramokgopa (MEC Gauteng Health)
13h50 Post Life Esidimeni: Professor Bernard van Rensburg
Psychiatry, Faculty Member
14h00 Family Perspectives: Mr Lucas Mogwerane
Representative: Family Committee
14h10 Student Perspectives: Miss Rubina Valodia
Chair of Wits Students’ Bioethics Society
14h20 Academic Perspectives: Professor Martin Veller
14h30 Panel Discussion: All Speakers
15h30 Closure: Professor Ames Dhai
Director, Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics
Date Tuesday, 12 September 2017
Venue School of Public Health Auditorium, Education Campus
Ethics CPD 4
Contact Person Samkelo.Nsibande@wits.ac.za Tel: (011)7172190
RSVP Deadline Date: 6TH September, 2017