The Ethics of Public Health Medicine and The Common Good

The UK Catholic Medical Association Annual Symposium will this year explore how Catholic Bioethics and Social Teaching impact on public health medicine.

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The Catholic Medical Association has assembled an impressive line up of distinguished speakers for its Annual Symposium to be held at St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

The event will also offer the opportunity to network with a broad range of healthcare professionals and connect with members of the association.

Included in the cost will be all refreshments, lunch and the opportunity to stay for dinner after the conference in the evening.


Saturday 6 April

09:00 – 09:30
Registration and Coffee

10:00 – 10:10
Welcome and introduction to symposium
Steven Bow – Public Health Consultant and Visiting Research Fellow, UCL

10:10 – 11:10
Keynote address: Current Influences on Public Health Ethics – The Role of Catholic Social Teaching.
Dr Pia Matthews – Senior Lecturer in Healthcare Ethics, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

11:10 – 11:30
Tea and Coffee

11:30 – 12:30
Individual and Common Goods: A Challenge for Healthcare Ethics
Dr Michael Wee – Associate Research Fellow, Anscombe Centre for Bioethics

12:30 – 13:30
Is There a Duty to Be Vaccinated for the Common Good?
Steven Bow – Public Health Consultant and Visiting Research Fellow, UCL

13:30 – 14:30

14:30 – 15:30
Communicating Conscientious Objection and Serving the Common Good
Ryan Christopher – Deputy Director of Alliance Engagement, Alliance Defending Freedom International

15:30 – 16:30
Subsidiarity in Healthcare and Public Health
Professor Philip Booth – Director of Catholic Mission & Professor of Finance, Public Policy and Ethics, St Mary’s University

16:30 – 17:00
Panel Discussion and Close

17:30 – 18:30
Holy Mass in the University Chapel




Some grants are available for Student CMA members. Student Membership is only £10. For other recquests contact Dr Steve Brennan, Acting CMA Secretary.