Inequalities and Bioethics in Public Health During Covid-19: An Australian Perspective

In this article, I draw from the experience of the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia to study how public health bioethics influences political decision-making. Using the case studies of a lockdown of public housing apartments and hotel quarantine workers, I argue that when...

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Published in:Concilium
Main Author: Fleming, Daniel J. 1986-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: SCM Press 2022
In: Concilium
Year: 2022, Issue: 2, Pages: 66-75
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Australia / COVID-19 / Pandemic / Health system / Moral theology
RelBib Classification:KAJ Church history 1914-; recent history
KBS Australia; Oceania
KDB Roman Catholic Church
NCA Ethics
ZC Politics in general
Further subjects:B COVID-19 pandemic
B Public Health
B public housing
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Summary:In this article, I draw from the experience of the first and second waves of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia to study how public health bioethics influences political decision-making. Using the case studies of a lockdown of public housing apartments and hotel quarantine workers, I argue that when the good end of containing the virus is used to justify any means to achieve this, essential moral goods are sacrificed. Against this perspective, I suggest that several tools of theological ethics provide an important corrective, and should be advanced in a prophetic way to assure the dignity of all.
ISSN:0010-5236
Contains:Enthalten in: Concilium