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The Children’s Bioethics Centre provides the
Clinical Ethics Service for The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH) campus. The service advises and supports hospital staff work through complex decision-making, often in emotionally fraught situations. Our ethics case consultation process provides an open, collaborative space to discuss ethical considerations and come to an ethically appropriate and mutually agreed plan. The types of referrals include: parents refusing medically recommended treatment for their child, clinicians contemplating offering experimental or non-standard interventions, and children or adolescents refusing investigations or medical treatment.
We work together with staff, using established ethical principles in a multi-disciplinary forum that emphasises openness, respect and collaboration, to address some of the really difficult questions arising in clinical care. This process provides ethically sound options for patient care and may alleviate moral distress for all concerned. Our process has become a benchmark in the child and family-centred care provided at the RCH.
The Children's Bioethics Centre also provides:
Increase your confidence and engagement in clinical ethics discussions with a new and innovative clinical ethics program specifically designed for Nurses at RCH.
Run over 3 Thursdays in early 2024, dates TBA; Expressions of Interest here.
The CBC have produced numerous podcasts: The Ethics Toolkit (6 episodes), Classic Conundrums (5 episodes), Special COVID-19 Pandemic Ethics in a Children's Hospital (3 episodes) and past Conferences. All are available at
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Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, in 2020 the CBC prepared a special
COVID-19 briefing paper 'Balancing protection of staff with optimising patient care'