Links and Resources

Clinical Ethics

NSW Health - Clinical Ethics in NSW Health

Information on NSW state government clinical ethics advisory panel, committees and forums.


NHMRC - The NHMRC Consensus Statement on Clinical Ethics

Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Health Ethics Committee statement to highlight the importance of clinical ethics and the need to develop national resources and guidance.


NHMRC - The Clinical Ethics Capacity Building Resource Manual

NHMRC manual that demonstrates the need for clinical ethics capacity in Australian health care organisations and provides guidance for institutions wishing to establish or strengthen an existing clinical ethics service.


Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

A multidisciplinary association of members interested in issues of bioethics and health law.


The Clinical Ethics Resource

A joint project of Sydney Health Ethics and the Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics at the University of Sydney supported by NSW Health.


Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) - eLearning Curated Ethics Resources (You will need to register to create a free user account)

A curated collection of high quality resources on clinical ethics.


End of Life

Queensland University of Technology - End of Life Law in Australia

Website providing accurate and practical information on legal issues that can arise with the end of life decision-making. It is a broad introduction to end of life laws in each Australian State and Territory.


Decision-Making Capacity

Capacity and the Law (Nick O'Neill and Carmelle Peisah)

Online book looking into the rapid growth of knowledge regarding decision making capacity and the parallel developments of law in this area.


Consent and Substitute Consent

NSW Health - Consent to Medical Treatment

Policy directive including request/consent form.


NSW Law Reform Commission - Review of the Guardianship Act 1987

Report recommending a new Assisted Decision-making Act including significant changes to consent for medical treatment.


NSW Health- Substitute Consent For Medical Treatment Form

A request/consent form for substitute consent.


NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) - Consent to Medical or Dental Treatment Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides information about applying to NCAT’s Guardianship Division for consent to medical or dental treatment for people who lack the capacity to consent for themselves.


NCAT- Person Responsible Fact Sheet

This fact sheet explains who is a ‘person responsible’ and their role in providing consent to medical or dental treatment for patients who are incapable of consenting to their own treatment.


Refusing Treatment

‘An algorithm for managing adults who refuse medical treatment in New South Wales’ K. Cheng et al, Australasian Psychiatry 2018.

The algorithm provides a clear decision tree for clinicians responding to a patient refusing medical treatment in NSW.


Restraining Patients

NSW Health - Principles for Safe Management of Disturbed and/or Aggressive Behaviour and the use of Restraint

Policy Directive on dealing with disturbed and / or aggressive patients or other individuals who pose a risk of harm to themselves or others.


NSW Health – Mental Health Safety & Quality in NSW

A plan to implement recommendations of the Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities.



University of Sydney - Sydney Health Ethics

The Clinical Ethics Service is formally affiliated with Sydney Health Ethics, at the University of Sydney.