consenting number 3

“I’m off to consent Number three” Said the midwife on the busy ward. Checking her watch, she marched away.   More checks on her arrival, in Number Three, A monitor thumped, a machine beeped And the midwife noted it all down.   A man sat in the corner, of Number Three. Looking lost, worried and … More consenting number 3

Before Consent…

Before Consent…a poem The stork story might be fun – but it disregards the importance of Mum. That women birth seems an aside, The truth of birth we^ like to hide, With a storkish euphemism, No real choice is given, No honour or celebration, Birth is an enduration* And so their power, women relent, And … More Before Consent…


There once was a dentist, honest and bold Who felt their story was best told As The trouble with consent, Despite good intent, Means uncertainty in how things unfold   This is a story about tooth extraction.  It tells a tale of a woman’s visit to a dentist, and the dentist’s need to obtain ‘informed … More Dis-Consent


You asked me for my Consent and I knew yes was assumed My gut told me to dissent either way i’m doomed Standing over me, you wait what must my answer be? in your hands is my fate You watch expectantly. I feel powerless as you insist Afraid and confused by your persistance my gut … More I DO NOT CONSENT!

The My Health Record: Are you in or are you out?

Do you know you only have until Nov 15th to opt out of My Health Record? ‘opt-out’ set ups are disrespectful and strategically ensure passive consent I attended an info session a couple of weeks ago, where the presenter was an IT specialist.   His job was to ‘reassure’ attendees about My Health Record. What he … More The My Health Record: Are you in or are you out?

Opt-in or opt-out: what’s hubris got to do with it?

The above is the closing passages of this news article .  The comments on the article are worth reading. The article is an ‘argument’ in favour of the ‘my health record’ database. This database is controversial for several reasons, one of which is the default setting is to be included.  This means it is an opt-out … More Opt-in or opt-out: what’s hubris got to do with it?

When Science Communication is not science or communication.

There once was a kid who loved Science And grew up to create an appliance* it’s science he said nature is ‘dead’ And to trust nature is medical defiance *This ‘appliance’ could be, for example, the constant monitoring equipment used in labour, very useful when indicated but not always necessary or beneficial.   And it is … More When Science Communication is not science or communication.