Making public policy: An outsider's perspective


Seminar resource

Monday 19 March 2012

Title: Making public policy: An outsider's perspective

Speakers: Professor Sir Ian Kennedy

Venue: Molonglo Theatre, JG Crawford Bldng #132, Lennox Crossing, ANU

Date: 19/3/12


Professor Sir Ian Kennedy is among the world's leading academics in the areas of the law and ethics of health. He is also among the world's most engaging public intellectuals and most effective change agents in the area of public policy.

In this public lecture Professor Kennedy will explore making public policy from the viewpoint of an engaged outsider. He will draw on his long experience in bioethics, healthcare policy, scientific research integrity, the conduct of public inquiries, and regulation in the public sector, including, most recently, of MPs' expenses, to look at public engagement, decision making and transparency and accountability in the formulation of public policy.

Since 2009 Professor Kennedy has been chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority in the United Kingdom. He is Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics & Policy at University College London, a former Dean of the Law School at King's College London (1986-96), and founder of the Centre for Medical Law & Ethics (1978). He chaired the public inquiry into children's heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (1998-2001), chaired the Healthcare Commission (2003-09), and chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics (1998-2002). He is chair of the UK Research Integrity Office, chair of The King's Fund Inquiry into the quality of general practice in England, and is an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is the author of seminal texts in medical/health law and ethics and presented the BBC's 1980 Reith Lectures on the subject of "Unmasking Medicine". He was knighted in 2002 for his services to medical law and bioethics. This public lecture is presented by the HC Coombs Policy Forum at the Crawford School at ANU with support from the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania.



ABCnews24In line with its mission to foster more vibrant public debate on government policy choices, the HC Coombs Policy Forum has put in place a pilot joint venture with the ABC. One of the fruits of this collaboration is ABC 24's new Future Forum television series. This series considers and debates hypothetical situations that Australia may face in the future as a result of key policy choices made today.

The Australian National Institute of Public Policy (ANIPP) and the HC Coombs Policy Forum receive Australian Government funding under the Enhancing Public Policy Initiative.

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