Child abuse paediatricians are doctors trained in diagnosing child abuse. They advocate for abused and neglected children and for programmes to prevent child mistreatment, and they consider whether conditions bringing children into hospital might have been caused by abuse. However there are situations where over-zealous paediatricians, in the desire to protect children, wrongly equate specific physical findings as evidence of abuse, with devastating consequences to children and their families.
My latest book From Crime to Care will be launched at at 6 pm Thursday 9th February in the Atrium of the Auckland Medical School (Faculty of Medical & Health Science), 85 Park Road Grafton
From Crime to Care presents the history of abortion in Aotearoa New Zealand from pre-colonial times to the present, weaving in stories and experiences from key people on both sides of the debate. After the first abortion clinic opened in 1974 there were protests and pickets, and the issue shaped our politics in the 1970s. Moral crusaders, activists, legislators, abortion-providers and many others put their reputations and sometimes their lives on the line to do what they thought was right.
The abortion struggle serves as an illustration of our changing political and social landscape, with a public move from conservative towards more liberal values. Finally, after 180 years, abortion in Aotearoa is a health rather than a criminal concern. However, the issue continues to divide people, and events in the United States have shown how quickly change can occur, with their Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and several states banning abortions.
Retail price $39.95, publishing 9 February 2023 ISBN: 978-0-473-66306-03 F
Format: 229 x 152 mm (portrait), 254 pages, paperback plus 12 pages of black & white images (insert)
I was invited to give the Charles-Webb Oration at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners NSW and ACT Faculties conference in October 2022. My talk was on Improving health outcomes for Pacific people – with them and by them: A co-design research journey to improve the health outcomes for Pasifika in Aotearoa New Zealand.