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MDC Salon Series 2017: The Future of Death
Thu, May 4, 2017, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM ACST
What is the future of death?
One thing that is certain for all our futures is death. Instead of discussing this inevitability, this salon will explore the many facets of what death is all about - how we live on in the genetic code, what becomes of our digital selves and just how dead do they become as well as revisiting the euthanasia debate and what might that look like in the future. Will we be dissolving cadavers and be sprinkled into pods to regenerate, showered into space with the blowing of a kiss?
Give your brain, body and soul a work out with a conversation worth having at our next Salon.
The panel for this interesting and far-reaching conversation is:
Peter Myhill is a Partner in O'Loughlins Lawyers' Corporate & Commercial Group. He has legal and management expertise in commercial business activity generally and his specific expertise in aged care and retirement accommodation is nationally recognised. He has been recognised by his peers in this field by inclusion on the 2013, 2014 and 2015 'Best Lawyers in Australia' lists in the category of 'Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law'. He has also had extensive involvement with charitable and not-for-profit organisations in structuring and managing their operations. He will bring his experience around digital death and preparing for the future via pre-death issues like advanced care directives.
Michael Lardelli is Associate Professor at University of Adelaide where his lab uses number of techniques to analyse the functions of the PRESENILIN genes as well as other genes involved in Alzheimer's disease such as APP and SORL1. They are also using the latest genome engineering techniques to introduce human Alzheimer's disease mutations into our experimental model, the zebrafish using "deep sequencing" analysis of gene expression to observe how the mutations change the molecular state of cells in their brains. Michael will be asked about how life is sequenced and what might this mean for our thinking about death.
Amy Orange is a social entrepreneur and leader in the community sector through her work with carers. Winner of 2016 Pitch for Good she is interested in gender equity as a tool for economic success. In 2012 Amy recognised the lack of youth voice in end of life debates, and founded the first youth lobby group in the World to advocate for voluntary euthanasia called SAVE-YA - Syndicated Australian Voluntary Euthanasia Youth Advocates. In the last State election Amy was invited to stand as a candidate for SA Legal Voluntary Euthanasia as convenor of SAVE YA. Amy will add her thoughts to the panel on how death might be perceived in the future based on the debates of today.
Moira Deslandes will facilitate the discussion. She has worked in direct services as a social worker supporting families at risk, through to being a Chief of Staff for a government minister - from the kitchen table to the cabinet table. Moira works locally, nationally and internationally facilitating the kind of futures individuals, leadership teams, communities and organistions are seeking. She is a non-executive director of Scope Global, and an associate of national early childhood impact initiative, Opportunity Child. Moira will ask challenging questions, inviting the panel to dig deep, find synergies and build a conversation you can keep having once the salon is over.
Our host is Melody Bendindang from MDC. Melody looks forward to welcoming you to La Boheme on Star Wars Day (May 4th!). Nibbles and good company are included in the price. The bar will be open to purchase drinks.