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What constitutes adequate public consultation? Xenotransplantation proceeds in Australia


Cook, PS, What constitutes adequate public consultation? Xenotransplantation proceeds in Australia, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 8, (1) pp. 67-70. ISSN 1176-7529 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11673-010-9269-8


Abstract The Australian moratorium on human clinical trials of xenotransplantation was lifted in December 2009. This decision follows public consultations on whether xenotransplantation should or should not proceed in Australia, which occurred in 2002 and 2004. However, the public consultation, in its design and process, did not facilitate meaningful public engagement and involvement, thus marginalising the public and devaluing their social experiences and diverse knowledges. This brief article questions what constitutes adequate public consultation, and suggests that consensus conferences or citizen juries should be explored as a mechanism for meaningful public engagement for future public consultation exercises in Australia. Keywords Xenotransplantation . Public participation . Decision-making . Persuasive communication . Policy development . Consensus development

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Cook, PS (Dr Peta Cook)
ID Code:67221
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Sociology and Social Work
Deposited On:2011-03-01
Last Modified:2012-05-01
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