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 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:
Learn more about the four main areas of activity of The Children’s Bioethics Centre:
Bioethics introductory video (5 mins)
Special COVID-19 Pandemic Ethics in a Children's Hospital podcast series and Series 1 Classic Conundrums are available at
Please click to access the eLearn
The CBC have prepared a special
COVID-19 briefing paper 'Balancing protection of staff with optimising patient care'
Ethics education sessions are still possible, using Zoom or other technologies. Please contact our Ethics Project Officer, Karen Fellows
email@example.com. To discuss how education sessions might be delivered, please contact Clare Delany