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Healthcare ethics in New Zealand

WithLynley Anderson, Nicola Peart

This chapter begins by explaining Alastair V. Campbell’s introduction to New Zealand and his contributions to the Cartwright Inquiry and explores his wide-ranging influence on healthcare ethics in the post-Cartwright era during his time in New Zealand. Campbell was Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Bioethics Research Centre at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 1990 to 1996. Campbell first visited New Zealand in 1985, when he was a senior lecturer in the Department of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh. The chapter provides an overview of significant changes affecting healthcare ethics since his departure to demonstrate and evaluate Campbell’s legacy. To improve public awareness of ethical dilemmas facing healthcare providers and society as a whole, he gave public lectures and facilitated public meetings. Campbell’s work in New Zealand and that of the Bioethics Research Centre generally were noted internationally.