The NSW Ministry of Health co-hosts clinical ethics forums with local health districts and specialty networks. Each forum explores a specific clinical ethics topic through expert presentations and discussion of case scenarios.

Upcoming clinical ethics forums

All upcoming clinical ethics forums will be posted here.  

Previous clinical ethics forums

Choice: exploring limits to respect for "individual autonomy" in healthcare

Date: 24 October 2019
Co-Host: South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Childrens Health Network

The forum discussed the increasing demand for choice in healthcare decision-making. The key note presentation with case studies can be viewed and information can be found in the forum's flyer [PDF].

Pregnancy and birth plans: what rights do we have?

Date: 19 March 2019
Co-Host: Western Sydney Local Health District

The forum will explore various perspectives about a patient’s clinical decision making regarding pregnancies and birth plans. More information can be found in the forum’s program [PDF]

When is it appropriate to cease or withhold treatment?

Date: 13 November 2018
Co-Host: Murrumbidgee Local Health District

The forum will discuss ethical, legal and practical issues regarding when it is appropriate to cease or withhold treatment. More information can be found in the forum’s program [PDF].

Info-Ethics: Interoperability, Bioinformatics and Health Data Sharing

Date: 12 September 2018
Co-Host: St Vincent’s Health Network

The forum highlights the many issues arising from the application of digital technology and the ethical considerations of sharing private health information. The forum was held in conjunction with 2018 Research Week on St Vincent’s Campus. More information can be found in the forum’s program​ [PDF].

The ethical implications of clinical genomics

Date: 6 June 2017

Co-Host: St Vincent's Health Network

The forum will centre on the use of genomic sequencing to assist in diagnosis and treatment. More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF].

Something is not quite right- a forum for discussion about clinician impairment

Date: 1 May 2017

Co-Host: Murrumbidgee Local Health District

The forum will explore the ethical, legal and practical issues relating to working and supporting clinicians whose behaviour may be impaired. More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF].

Considering justice - resource allocation in the context of scarcity

Date: 10 November 2016

Co-host: South Eastern Sydney Local Health District

The forum discussed ethical issues surrounding resource allocation in the context of scaricity through two keynote presentations, a case scenario and panel discussion. View the introduction, key note presentations and the case scenario with the panel discussionor the entire playlist. More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF]

Critical ethical issues in paediatric end-of-life care

Date: 18 March 2016

Co-host: Sydney Children’s Hospital Network

The forum explored ethical issues in paediatric end of life care through a mix of presentations, case scenarios and interactive panel discussions. View the introduction with key note presentations, case scenario one and case scenario two. More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF].

Physician assisted dying and voluntary euthanasia - dilemma and debate in the Australian context

Date: 29 October 2015

Host: This was a local forum hosted by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF] or by contacting South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.

End of life care: when is enough enough?

Date: 15 October 2015

Co-host: Western Sydney Local Health District

This forum discussed issues surrounding End of Life Care and the vital conversations between health professionals and patients, families and carers. View the introduction and keynote presentation, case scenario one and case scenario two. More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF].

Ethics of the collection and use of post-mortem gametes

Date: 22 July 2015

Co-host: Sydney Local Health District

This forum discussed the complex and challenging issues surrounding the retrieval and use of gametes (sperm or egg) from deceased donors. View keynote presentations and case studies.

This forum accompanied the release of GL2014_008: Organ Donation After Circulatory Death: NSW Guidelines. The Guideline describes the necessary requirements for health facilities to undertake organ donation after circulatory (formerly cardiac) death (DCD) in NSW.

Clinical ethics, healthcare and vulnerable populations

Date: 25 March 2015

Co-host: St Vincent's Health Network

This forum centred on the meaning of vulnerability and the specific issues faced by various vulnerable patient populations and the clinicians who treat them. The forum was a mix of presentations,case studies and interactive panel discussions.

More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF].

Forum on organ donation after circulatory death: evolving policy, practice, ethics and law

Date: 16 June 2014

Host: NSW Health

From this forum, you can view:

A doctor's ethical checklist for clinical practice

Date: 12 November 2014

Co-host: Hunter New England Local Hospital District

This forum explored issues related to the roles and ethical obligations of doctors (in particular) when interacting with the pharmaceutical industry, and as gatekeepers of health care resources. More information can be found in the forum's program [PDF].

Ethics, end of life and advance care planning clinical ethics forum

Date: 27 September 2013

Co-host: South Easten Sydney Local Health District

This forum discussed complex issues of end of life decisions, management and advance care planning in patients. More information can be found in this forum's program [PDF].

For more information about Clinical Ethics Forums please contact moh-ocho@health.nsw.gov.au.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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