All Australians have a legitimate
interest in the education of health professionals. In our article
we outlined some of our
concerns — shared by the Australian Medical
— about several features of
the current University of Notre Dame program, including compulsory theology courses
and procedures for student selection. However, the public’s interest extends beyond the
purview of the AMC’s accreditation process.
For example, how will the introduction of
religiously affiliated medical schools affect
access to a full range of health care services
and accord with the broad range of needs,
values and beliefs in Australian society?