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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

The Rights of the Child within a Framework of Dissonance

Rosemary De Luca.

An examination of rhetoric and practice in health-related care, treatment and research in respect of children in the New Zealand context points to dissonance between what may be considered society's ideal and the practical reality. This paper will explore this dissonance, with particular reference, on the one hand, to ethical guidelines and other relevant publications, including New Zealand's Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights, and, on the other, to illustrations of decision-making practices.


Rosemary De Luca  (New Zealand)
Senior Lecturer in Education
Department of Arts and Language Education School of Education
University of Waikato

Educated a classicist, I am currently a university teacher and researcher and a consultant ethicist, with a special interest in interpersonal communication, public sector health-care ethics, and action research. Notable contributions have been made to national protocols for ethical review, policy for assisted human reproductive practices, and patient informed consent protocols.

  • Bioethics
  • Human Rights
  • Children's Rights

(30 min. Conference Paper, English)