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  • The Bioethics Education program aims to promote a culture of ethically informed clinical decision-making and high ethical standards of clinical practice through a range of activities including:

    • Professional development for hospital staff through an existing program of bioethics seminars, departmental meetings and grand rounds
    • Formal education through the development of an ethics component for existing education programs for junior medical staff, nursing and allied health staff
    • Input into bioethics, public health and other relevant subjects and programs at the University of Melbourne and in relevant Colleges and institutions

    Departmental Education

    In light of the restrictions imposed relating to COVID-19 containment within the hospital, ethics education sessions are still possible, using Zoom or other technologies. 

    To make enquiries, please contact our Ethics Education Officer, Dr Georgina Hall, or book a session. To discuss how education sessions might be delivered, please contact Clare Delany (

    Bioethics Forum

    In 2021, the Bioethics Forum (formerly the CBC Journal Club) will host monthly ethics discussions and events to encourage and explore topics of interest to those involved in paediatric healthcare. The Bioethics Forum will remain a relaxed and collegial get-together of individuals interested in reading about, hearing about and discussing challenging and fascinating ethical aspects of patient care.

    We offer a mix of curated topics each month, for which we will provide a short list of journal articles and book chapters to read and discuss, as well as some presentations from CBC interns and those joining us on sabbaticals and overseas visitors (in the future!) on topics of interest. You remain welcome to bring along your lunch or breakfast to the meeting, and feel free to invite anybody who might be interested in coming along. If you would like to join our Bioethics Forum mailing list, please contact our Education Officer, Dr Georgina Hall
    Bioethics Forum dates and topics for 2021;

    26 February: “Deciding with Children”

    While parents are recognised and respected in paediatrics as their child’s medical decision-maker, the views and preferences of the child themselves matters morally, but how much weight should they be given in the clinical setting? This question becomes more important when treating adolescents, and more tricky when the young person’s views differ from those of their parents, or the medically recommended treatment.

     Suggested readings:

    -          Navin, M.C & Wasserman, J. A. (2019) Capacity for Preferences and Pediatric Assent: Implications for Pediatric Practice. Hastings Center Report 49, no. 1: 43-51

     -          Archard, D and Uniacke, S (2020) The Child’s Right to a Voice Res Publica ttps:// 1 3

     -          Ross, L.F (1995) Arguments against health care autonomy for minors. Bioethics Forum. 1995. Winter; 11(4):22-26

    24 March: Ethics Grand Rounds: "Deciding with Children- ethically ideal, but not always straightforward". The recorded version can be viewed at anytime via:    

    30 April: 12:30pm-1:30pm    ​

    26 May: 8:30am-9:30am    ​

    25 June: 12:30pm-1:30pm 

    21 July: 8:30am-9:30am    ​

    20 August: 12:30pm-1:30pm    ​ 

    29 September: 8:30am-9:30am

    29 October: 12:30pm-1:30pm    

    24 November: 8:30am-9:30am

    10 December: 12:30pm-1:30pm    ​

     Committee Member Training

    Annual ethics training workshops are run for members of the Clinical Ethics Response Group and Clinical Ethics Committee. The next training sessions for CERG and CEC members will be held on Tuesday, 11th May, 2021. For further details, please contact Ethics Education Officer, Dr Georgina Hall.