The community impact of new and emerging health technologies.
The anti-ageing phenomenon
Professor Alan Petersen believes a lack of effective community consultation over the development and use of new technologies undermines Australia’s democratic system. The leading sociologist wants the broader population to begin to seriously consider how we want our future shaped.
Alan is at the forefront of debate over the connection and communication between science and publics. As an author, researcher and policy adviser in Australia and Britain he has studied the ways science and technology shape our everyday lives for more than 20 years.
Alan Petersen's Articles
Stem cell tourism's exploits
If online advertising and news reports are to be believed, stem cell tourism is a thriving industry
The rise of the tattoo removal industry
Tattoo removal is a lucrative business. According to one estimate, about a quarter of Australians under 30 have a tattoo. And approximately a quarter of these people are planning to have it removed
Old but not wise? Our growing anti-ageing industry
There have been some reported increased rates of adverse events, including death, among healthy elderly people resulting from the use of human growth hormones. Adverse effects have also been associated with the use of stem cell-based cosmetics
What to make of modern medicine's attention to men
Ageing men are seen as an especially lucrative niche sector. Sean MacEnteeWomen have long been subject to intrusive biomedical interventions. And the control that modern medicine exerts over women’s bodies has been the focus of much feminist...
Whose profit? Why bioethics needs a global perspective
While it is multi-disciplinary in perspective, in practice the field is dominated by moral philosophy, a discipline concerned with articulating and defending the rights and wrongs of behaviours
Who determines priorities in funding medical research?
Is medical research is already adequately funded? AAPExpected cuts in health and medical research in the May Federal budget have led to a predicable backlash from vested interests. We are informed that any cuts will detrimentally affect standards of...
The hard sell of stem cells
Investigations of medical misconduct or false or misleading advertising are treated on a case-by-case basis after the patient, their family member or medical practitioner make a complaint to the TGA.