Professional Development in Ethics in Clinical Practice

Course type Study level Entry requirements
Non-Accredited Professional Development Health Care Professional

Four courses available for health professionals:

Clinical Ethics - the Basics
Introduction to ethical theories, principles and frameworks, and examination of the complex interplay between personal and professional values in everyday clinical practice and the concept of moral distress.

“Doing” Ethics
Introduction to moral deliberation approaches and strategies for analysing ethically challenging cases, with opportunities to apply these skills to issues/cases commonly encountered in end of life care.

Communicating Ethically
Discussion and reflection on the ethics of communication in contexts commonly encountered in end of life care such as withdrawing and withholding life sustaining treatment.

Incorporating Ethics into your Daily Practice
Discussion of how to incorporate ethics into one’s daily work and decision making. The important topic of voluntary assisted dying will also be examined.

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Course fees

  • The course fee for 2019 is $450 + GST (per day)
  • The fees include course materials and catering (morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea)
  • All short course attendees will be provided with a certificate of attendance, identifying the number of CPD hours for the course
  • Note: Programs will only run if a minimum number of participants is achieved. Priority for place is given to award students
  • Spaces are strictly limited.

Dates & Times

See below

Study mode

Face-to-face intensive delivery over 1 day per program


Graduate House
220 Leicester St, Carlton, Melbourne, Australia, 3053

Dates and times

Course nameDateTime
Clinical Ethics - the Basics8 August 20199AM - 5PM
“Doing” Ethics9 August 20199AM - 5PM
Communicating Ethically12 August 20199AM - 5PM
Incorporating Ethics into your
Daily Practice
13 August 20199AM - 5PM


The Centre for Palliative Care (CPC) has a state-wide role in palliative care education, with a focus on ensuring education is multidisciplinary and delivered by experts in their field who may be drawn from multiple institutions around Victoria as appropriate. The goals for CPC in regard to palliative care education are to:

  • Increase general understanding and skill in palliative care through education and training of the general health workforce
  • Develop future leaders in palliative care through programs designed to increase the number of palliative care specialists, and through facilitating opportunities for networking, peer support and leadership development.

Who should apply

The programs are relevant for doctors (including general practitioners), nurses, and allied health professionals who work in a range of care settings including paediatric care, aged care, acute care, community care, palliative care and cancer care.

Academic and Teaching Team

  • Dr Danielle Ko, Palliative Medicine Specialist and Clinical Ethics Lead Austin Health
  • Ms Karen Quinn, Coordinator Education & Project Officer for Victorian Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner Collaborative, Centre for Palliative Care
  • Experts from other institutions and services are also involved in the delivery of the program

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Phone: +61 3 8344 0149

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This course is presented in partnership with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences and the School of Health Sciences.