Clinical ethics survey

"As Barwon Health matures as an academic health service, we can expect that the services we provide will continue to expand, benefiting both consumers and staff. One area that we have not invested in significantly is support in Clinical Ethics. Yet most, if not all, clinicians would have the experience of having to recommend between two treatment choices with vastly different outcomes.

There is no doubt that at Barwon Health, the casemix of patients has grown increasingly complex over the years, often posing challenging quandaries for our clinicians. Terminations of pregnancy, end of life care, organ donations, congenital defects, are but a small cohort of clinical presentations that could be riddled with ethical dilemmas.

While clinical ethics support is still in its infancy in Australia, the time has come for us to seriously consider how we can provide more support to our clinical staff when they come across such issues on the ground, and how we could build clinical ethics capacity at our organisation."      - Alastair Mah

To help inform the development of this, the Research Ethics, Governance & Integrity (REGI) Unit recently conducted a survey with Barwon Health staff. The survey has now closed. Results will be presented at the upcoming Barwon Health and Deakin University Research Week being held between 14 - 18 November 2016.

For further information regarding the survey, please click here.

Traditional Owners

We, Barwon Health, acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land, the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders both past and present.