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Against Our Oath

Ethical conflicts erupt for doctors as the government over-rides their clinical decisions made for refugee patients.

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Impact areas

HEALTH & WELLBEING

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

YOUTH & EDUCATION

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Heather Kirkpatrick

  • PRODUCER Heather Kirkpatrick

Synopsis

DURATION: 90 MINUTES

Ethical conflicts erupt for doctors as the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions for refugees. This documentary exposes a medical system where the best interest of refugee patients is not at play and doctors resist this. Medical ethics is at the core of this story as it exposes this issue by hearing first hand from the clinicians. The story also reflects historically on the Hippocratic Oath and ethics that doctors are bound to.

The government says their offshore deterrence system protecting Australian borders will fall apart with the recent passing of the Urgent Medical Transfer Bill permitting seriously ill patients to be transferred to specialist care in Australia. How will this conflict be resolved when many lives are at stake?

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Medical ethics
Health and Wellbeing
Asylum seekers and Refugees
Human Rights and Social Justice

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

By showing stories from a medical perspective I hope to raise moral questions about Australia’s operational environment within our offshore detention centres. Against Our Oath will inform and be a game changer in this front-page debate that divides the country. It will inspire the medical movement to grow, stand up and ensure critically ill patients on Nauru and Manus Island are transferred to treatment in Australia in accord with doctors’ clinical decisions.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Have clinicians able to follow their medical ethics.

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

Through my last film on asylum seekers, Mary Meets Mohammad, I have established vast audience, movement, distribution and media networks. With a very successful cinema season last time and nearly 800 different Australian communities hosting this film I already have hundreds of ready-to-go screening hosts and audiences. This time I will have the additional support of the medical and health communities both in Australia and internationally. Against Our Oath can be even more successful in reaching wide audiences as the topic of medical care and refugees remains in the media spotlight in Australia.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

To be determined in next few months

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

To be determined in next few months

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