In this section
Clinicians of all disciplines make
ethical decision daily in the course of providing care to patients and
families. When ethical considerations are complex or unclear, the Children's Bioethics Centre can provide support
The Children’s Bioethics Centre provides the
Clinical Ethics Service for the 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
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 Royal Children’s Hospital.
The Children's Bioethics Centre also provides:
tailored and responsive education and training programs embedded in the hospital structure
advice and guidance to The Royal Children’s Hospital executive, peak health professional bodies and government, both state and federal
Learn more about the four main
areas of activity of The Children’s Bioethics Centre:
Clinical ethics service
Special COVID-19 Pandemic Ethics in a Children's Hospital podcast series and Series 1 Classic Conundrums are available at
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Staff of the Children’s Bioethics Centre will be working remotely, but will still be available for all clinical ethics services. We will continue to provide individual ethics advice, attendance at MDT meetings, and Clinical Ethics Response Group meetings by phone or Zoom. In exceptional circumstances, if a face-to-face meeting of a small number of people is essential for decision-making about patient care, a clinical ethicist can be available. To request clinical ethics support, please contact:
The CBC have prepared a special COVID-19 briefing paper 'Balancing protection of staff with optimising patient care'
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Ethics education sessions are still possible, using Zoom or other technologies. Please contact our Ethics Project Officer, Karen Fellows
. To discuss how education sessions might be delivered, please contact Clare Delany
A new program Engaging Nurses in Clinical Ethics (ENCE) is being offered at RCH in 2021. The aim of this program is to increase nursing confidence and engagement in clinical ethics discussions and decision making. The overall purpose is to optimise nursing input into clinical ethics issues at RCH. For further information and key date, please see ENCE Expressions of Interest.
Applications close: Wednesday 24 March 2021