Ethics

At the very heart of Catholic health and aged care is a distinctively person-centred vision based on belief in the essential dignity of each human person. Catholic services seek above all to foster a healing environment that promotes a culture of life. In striving to act in the best interest of patients, residents and families Catholic services are called on to making reasoned choices about often complex matters that require careful attention to the needs and circumstances of those being cared for. Catholic health and aged care is supported in this endeavor by a range of resources.

Catholic Health Australia's Code of Ethical Standards sets out the basic principles of care in the Catholic tradition and applies across all Catholic health, aged and community care services. Click here to access the Code of Ethical Standards, which can be downloaded for free.

The CHA Advance Care Planning documents offer guidelines for people facing the consequences of illness or advancing age who are making decisions about their ongoing care. These documents were prepared through collaboration between the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Health Australia. Click here to access the Advance Care Planning documents.

The CHA Bioethics Forum was established in 2009 to enable national liaison and closer networking between Catholic Bioethics Centres and the Bioethics Committees of Catholic Hospitals and Aged Care services. Further information about the deliberations of the Forum can be obtained by emailing Susan Sullivan.

Further resources can be found by following links to the local Catholic Bioethics centres.

Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics

L.J. Goody Bioethics Centre

Plunkett Centre for Ethics

Queensland Bioethics Centre

Southern Cross Bioethics Institute

Additional resources

The following papers have been prepared for CHA and its members, and many have appeared in Health Matters, CHA's quarterly magazine:

Advance care planning, by Dr Bernadette Tobin

Clinical practice and medical research, by Fr Joe Parkinson

Tube feeding and cognitive impairment, by Fr Kevin McGovern

Ethics special section, Health Matters, Summer 2011

PICF template for Catholic institutions

Euthanasia -- a "wicked" policy problem, by Scott Prasser

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