About the Childrens Bioethics Centre

  • The Children's Bioethics Centre is committed to improving children's lives through promoting the rights and responsibilities of children and their families in health care.  This is achieved by resolving ethical conflict, facilitating communication and easing moral distress.

    The Children's Bioethics Centre:

    • Advocates for excellence in patient and family-centred care
    • Educates health care professionals in ethical issues
    • Supports ethical best practice in children's health care
    • Conducts world-class research
    • Leads the development of a paediatric ethics agenda in health care both nationally and internationally

    The Children's Bioethics Centre has four major areas of activity: a clinical ethics service, an education program, a research program and guideline and clinical procedure development.

    The Centre is proudly supported by The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation.

    Bioethics introductory video

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    12th Bioethics Conference September 2020

    Children's Bioethics Centre wins international award

    Hugo ICCEC prize 02

    Dr Hugo Gold, Clinical Associate Professor and Clinical Director of The Children's Bioethics Centre, accepted the Hans Joachim Schwager Award for excellence in clinical ethics on behalf of his team at the 9th International Conference on Clinical Ethics Consultation in Munich, March 2013.

    This inaugural award was made to the Bioethics centre in recognition of their innovation and pioneering work in establishing the first Children's Bioethics Centre dedicated to supporting clinical ethics decision making in paediatrics in Australia.

    "We are delighted to be recognised by our international peers for the work we have done in establishing Australia's only Children's Bioethics Centre.  Now in our 5th year, we have had enormous support from all the staff at The Royal Children's Hospital, and our partners The University of Melbourne and The Murdoch Children's Research Institute.  None of this would have been possible without the financial support we have received from The Royal Children's Hospital Foundation and ongoing work of our Bioethics Development Board" said Dr Hugo Gold.

    For more information http://www.clinical-ethics.org/hjs_award.html