Clinical Ethics - Professional Development Course


The Bioethics Program at the School of Public Health are open for 2014 registrations. These courses are designed to address the growing interest in the life sciences and biomedical technologies as well as the need for ethics education among researchers and practitioners in health-related fields and disciplines. They provide an innovative, interdisciplinary approach and are an excellent way to add value to an ongoing career or build a research career.

Students will receive a certificate of attendance but will not be eligible for university credit as the Professional Development course is not assessed.

Overview

This professional development course provides participants with an overview of the broader philosophical, ethical, socio-political, and cultural issues that underlie the delivery of healthcare.

Participants will first explore the importance of ethics in clinical practice, issues relating to the role of the professions, the interaction between ethics and law, and conceptual models for ethical reasoning in the clinical context. The program will also examine the foundations of clinical practice, including consent, competence, veracity, confidentiality, and decision-making as well as specific issues and populations within clinical practice, such as the care of vulnerable populations, children, and chronic illness.

Importantly, the program will also focus on skills associated with clinical ethics including, analytic and mediation skills, and ethics consultation. The final day of the program will reflect on current debates in the Australian healthcare context, particularly issues associated with healthcare rationing.

Readings will be provided to all participants. For further details email or call 02 9036 3065.

Questions covered

Questions covered include:

  • How important are ethical values and principles in clinical practice?
  • What ethical issues arise in the practitioner-patient relationship? How should these be addressed?
  • Are clinical ethical issues context and professional specific?
  • What considerations ought inform ethical decision-making in clinical practice?
  • How ought ethical conflict be managed?

Dates

Semester 1:

Friday 14 March 2014
Saturday 15 March 2014
Friday 09 May 2014

The course will be held over 3 days at the University of Sydney’s main campus. It is in an intensive format, running from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

Application deadline

Friday 14 February 2014

(Late applications may be accepted)

Cost and application

$1,100 (including GST)

Discounts are available for a group of participants from the same institution or organisation, as follows:

3-4 participants: 10% discount

The University's tuition fees are reviewed annually and may be varied during the period of study. The exact tuition fee may depend on the specific units of study in which you apply.

More information

Office for Teaching and Learning
Room 329, Level 3
Sydney School of Public Health
Edward Ford Building (A27)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9351 4366
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