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Lecture: Reframing Medicine - Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always

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Sidney Myer Asia Centre - Yasuko Hiraoka Myer (YHM) Room Level 1

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Reframing Medicine for the Whole World: Cure sometimes, treat often, comfort always

An hour with Dr MR Rajagopal, an extraordinary global health leader, described by the New York Times as ‘the father of palliative care in India’.

The University of Melbourne, Australia India Institute and Nossal Institute for Global Health is pleased to invite students, staff and members of the public to this special one-off event at our Parkville campus. Dr MR Rajagopal is in Melbourne for the launch of a new film, Hippocratic, which explores his life story and his mission to spark a revolution in health care that will gently shake the world as we know it. During the hour Dr Rajagopal will give a presentation, share an excerpt from the film, and take time for questions.

About Dr MR Rajagopal

Dr MR Rajagopal is a physician whose primary specialist training was in anaesthesiology. He has made it his life work to treat persons experiencing high levels of pain and suffering from disease and trauma in Kerala, India, and far beyond. In addition to carrying an enormous clinical load in the palliative care services he has developed, he has focussed on overcoming the regulatory and system-related barriers to the delivery of effective pain relief and humane end-of-life care. In a 2009 report to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations, Manfred Nowak, then-special rapporteur on torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment, specified that “the de facto denial of access to pain relief, if it causes severe pain and suffering, constitutes cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” and that “all measures should be taken to … overcome current regulatory, educational and attitudinal obstacles to ensure full access to palliative care.” The impact of the work of Dr Rajagopal, together with others, upon the reduction of human suffering has the potential to be enormous and on a scale equivalent to the elimination of large military conflicts.

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