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QLD Health Ethics and Law (HEAL)

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University Queensland

Abel Smith Lecture Theatre

St Lucia, QLD 4072

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Nothing but the truth? Cognitive Bias in forensic reporting

Our first event for the year for HEAL will be hosted by the UQ Critical Thinking Project. This inaugural UQ Critical Thinking event will be discussing the topic of “Nothing but the truth? Cognitive Bias in forensic reporting”.

Within the rules of evidence, medical experts are required to maintain objectivity when formulating an opinion, and in the courtroom, legal advocates use cross-examination to expose bias. The layperson may erroneously assume that science always holds definitive and reliable answers, however, there is often significant ambiguity and uncertainty. How doctors respond to uncertainty in medical evidence will influence the reliability of the opinions they provide to the courts. Given the high stakes decisions that are made based on these opinions, this is an important issue.

In this HEAL panel session, we explore cognitive bias in forensic reporting. Catherine Skellern, a Child Protection and Forensic Paediatrician, will present the challenges faced by doctors in this context and her recommendations for minimising cognitive bias. Karen Healy, Peter Ellerton and Ben Dighton will give social, philosophical, and legal perspectives on the issue, followed by an interactive panel and audience discussion.

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