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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: 96 MINUTES

This film exposes the ethical conflicts that erupt for doctors as the Australian government overrides their clinical decisions made for refugee patients. If doctors cannot follow the medical ethics they are bound to what will happen to their patients?

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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 ethical questions about the overriding of doctors' orders by the Australian government, where the death or disability of some patients has been a consequence. This is the inside story on the politically hot debate around the Medevac Bill in Australia. The film should motivate action from the medical movement in Australia to ensure doctors are able to follow their ethics without political intervention.

Outcomes

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

Have clinicians be able to follow their medical ethics.

Stakeholders

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

Through my last film 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?

Support the Human Rights Law Centre's campaign to get a national Charter of Human Rights in Australia.
Have the medical movement mobilised to ensure that doctors are able to follow their ethics when working within Australia's offshore system for asylum seekers and refugees.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Seeing if a Charter of Human Rights for Australia is successful.
The Medevac Bill remains and is not repealed.
Medical peak bodies address serious ethical issues raised in the film.

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