Links and Resources
Information on NSW state government clinical ethics advisory panel, committees and forums.
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 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.
A multidisciplinary association of members interested in issues of bioethics and health law.
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
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.
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
Policy directive including request/consent form.
Report recommending a new Assisted Decision-making Act including significant changes to consent for medical treatment.
A request/consent form for substitute consent.
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.
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.
The algorithm provides a clear decision tree for clinicians responding to a patient refusing medical treatment in NSW.
Policy Directive on dealing with disturbed and / or aggressive patients or other individuals who pose a risk of harm to themselves or others.
A plan to implement recommendations of the Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities.
The Clinical Ethics Service is formally affiliated with Sydney Health Ethics, at the University of Sydney.