Clinical ethics forum

Come along to this NSW Health forum exploring the ethical, legal and clinical implications for increased choice in healthcare decision-making.

Contact details

For additional information contact

  • Linda Sheahan M: 0420 360 144 or
  • Anne Preisz M: 0416 274 261

Choice: exploring limits to respect for ‘individual autonomy’ in healthcare

The key focus of the forum is on pre-implantation genetic testing and reproductive genetic technology.

Led by Professor Lynn Gillam, Clinical Ethicist, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne

  • When: Thursday 24 October, 3:00 – 5:00pm (refreshments to follow)
  • Where: University of Sydney, Medical Foundation Building, 92 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown
  • Cost: Free

Options in healthcare are increasing exponentially. With this expansion of possibilities, patients, families, and ‘consumers’ of healthcare are appearing to demand more choice at all levels. Related issues include crowdfunding, media profiling of both patient groups and healthcare providers, and political advocacy.

This forum will consider the role of patient and family ‘choice’ in healthcare decision making, it’s relationship with respect for individual autonomy, and implications of this phenomenon in terms of broader ethical considerations such as equity and access. Case examples will explore these issues with a particular focus on reproductive technologies and genetic testing in the modern healthcare era.

Case studies will be presented by Dr Debra Kennedy and Dr Rani Sachdev and discussed with a panel of experts and the audience.

Invited speakers include:

  • Professor William Ledger, Head of the Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology UNSW School of Women’s and Children’s Health, and senior fertility specialist IVF Australia.
  • Professor Isabel Karpin, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Researcher on Bioethical implications of laws regarding reproductive technologies, genetic testing and disability.
  • Professor Ian Kerridge, Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, University of Sydney, and Haematologist and Bone Marrow Transplant Physician Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney.
  • Dr Lisa Dive, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.
  • Associate Professor Ainsley Newson, Associate Professor of Bioethics, and Deputy Director at Sydney Health Ethics, School of Public Health, University of Sydney.

Refreshments served from 5 pm.

Register now!

Please register by Monday, 21 October. 

This is a free event hosted by South Eastern Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Children’s Health Network, proudly sponsored by the NSW Ministry of Health.