1st Global Conference - Making Sense Of: Care in Health Care

Venue: Sydney

Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Event Date/Time: Feb 15, 2010 End Date/Time: Feb 15, 2010
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1st Global Conference Making Sense Of: Care in Health Care Monday 15th February - Wednesday 17th February 2010 The Womens College, Sydney, Australia in association with the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney Call for Papers The term Health Care denotes the treatment and management of illness and the preservation of health through services offered by medical, dental, nursing and allied health profession (Wikipedia, January 2009). The organization of such services constitutes the health care system of a given society. Health Care is thus an umbrella term that subsumes policies, institutions, and a comprehensive work force of professions and occupations, both hands on and administrative. Importantly, Health Care also carries connotations of attitudes, ideologies, cultural values and community expectations that are implicated, not always harmoniously, in the dynamics of modern health care systems. While health care systems are concerned with the provision of services, the broad social domain of health care practices involves, equally significantly, the consumption of such service and the beliefs and activities of the consumers (or clients, a more popular term recently). Health Care is thus everyones concern. We all care about health care. This inter- and multi-disciplinary project seeks to address the meanings, the role and the realities of the term Care as used in conjunction with practices that relate to health and illness matters. The questions that are relevant to such a project concern ideology as much as they do policies and actions. As such, they also touch on the correspondence, or lack thereof, between desirable (caring) models of practice and actual activities at the coal-face of work in the health systems of contemporary societies. We have identified a number of core themes for our first conference. Out of our deliberations at this time it is anticipated that the project will develop further and cross-fertilise with other research within Inter-Disciplinary.Net. * Analysing Care - origins and cultural significance of the term * Tracing the history of Care in Health Care * Care as ideology and/or theory * Care and the ‘health care professions’ * Care in medicine, nursing and the allied professions * Who cares? * The objects of care for managers and administrators in Health Care * Barriers in the way of care * Failures in the duty of care under modern conditions * Exercising care and being caring; can both be donesimultaneously? * Care in the community * Professionalism and care * What price compassion? Papers will be considered on any related theme. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 14th August 2009. If your paper is accepted for presentation at the conference, an 8 page draft paper should be submitted