Professor David Isaacs is a consultant paediatrician at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, and Clinical Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Sydney. He has been a member of every Australian national immunisation advisory committee for the last 25 years. He is passionate about bioethics, and has published and taught extensively on ethical aspects of immunisation. He is also one of several doctors who have exposed what they say is a culture of violence, abuse, self-harm and cover-up on Nauru, in defiance of laws that could land them in prison.
Professor David Isaacs, paediatrician and bioethicist, speaks to Dr Elizabeth Finkel about the politics of health, and the place of ethics, morality, human rights and basic common sense in medicine and science. He also provides invaluable insights into the ways we harm each other.
Why is that many doctors are also writers? Or is it writers who are doctors? David Isaacs, Andy Mia Kranz and Leon Piterman discuss the unlikely attraction between scalpel and pen, the varied story sources and the constant juggling act, led by Jacinta Halloran.