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Guidelines and Policies


A practical guide to clinical ethics support UK
Ethox Centre
Provides an overview of the role of clinical ethics committees, examples from around the world, ethical frameworks, professional guidelines, legal issues and useful links. 

Clinical Ethics Policies in NSW NSW
NSW Health
Links to NSW Health Ethics Policies 

Clinical Ethics Processes in NSW Health [PDF] NSW
NSW Health
The Policy outlines the circumstances in which public health organisations (PHOs) are to refer issues to the NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. The Policy also provides guidance to PHOs that have chosen to establish clinical ethics advisory committees in respect of some or all of their activities. The Policy explains that establishment of such committees is not mandatory, however if a PHO does establish a clinical ethics committee it is to ensure it is constituted, operated and governed within the parameters set by this Policy. 




Health Services Act 1997 NSW
NSW Govt  Provides for the creation of area health services in NSW, their control and management, including the appointment of the Chief Executive who can create committees such as the clinical ethics committee. The Act also provides for the recognition of affiliated health organisations and statutory health corporations. 


Toolkits and Protocols


Australian Health Ethics Committee Australia
The functions of AHEC, as set out in Section 35(3) of the NHMRC Act, are:
to advise the Council on the ethical issues relating to health; and  
to develop and give the Council human research guidelines under subsection 10(2) of the NHMRC Act; and  
any other functions conferred on the Committee in writing by the Minister after consulting the CEO; and  
any other functions conferred on the Committee by the NHMRC Act, the regulations or any other law.

Australian Health Ethics Committee Members Appointed
The Hon Mark Butler MP, Former Parliamentary Secretary for Health 

Clinical Ethics Processes in NSW Health
NSW Department of Health 

Human Research Ethics
Victorian Department of Health 

NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel NSW
The NSW Health Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel provides a forum through which a diverse and knowledgeable group of individuals can advise NSW Health on clinical ethics issues of state-wide relevance, review policies that raise ethical issues, identify emerging clinical ethical issues and trends. State based committees. 

NSW Hunter New England Area Health Service Clinical Ethics Committee NSW
Includes links to the Clinical Ethics Committee Charter and Governance Framework. 

Research Ethics Committee
Royal Adelaide Hospital 

The Medical Mediation Foundation 



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