Clinical Ethics Committee

Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC) Ethical issues form a large part of the daily clinical care given to patients. Health care professionals, patients and their families may hold different values, which can sometimes affect clinical decisions if left unresolved.

Clinical Ethics Committee (CEC)

Ethical issues form a large part of the daily clinical care given to patients. Health care professionals, patients and their families may hold different values, which can sometimes affect clinical decisions if left unresolved.

The CEC gives advice to health care professionals who are responsible for making clinical decisions for their patients. The committee may also help patients, relatives and advocates concerned about ethics in clinical practice. However, this does not include concerns over the ability of clinical staff or resource allocation.

Committee membership is made up of medical practitioners, nursing staff, a lawyer, a bioethicist, a social worker, pastoral care and consumer representatives. This diverse group offers many viewpoints and can help health professionals, patients and relatives make better informed decisions.

Situations where ethical issues could arise include:

  • Informed consent and competence
  • Organ and tissue donation
  • Termination of pregnancy
  • Care of vulnerable consumers
  • Prioritising the use of therapeutic products with limited availability
  • Withdrawal or end of treatment

The committee is not an advisory group and health professionals are not required to follow advice or recommendations given by members.

If you have a matter that you feel we should consider, please contact our Secretariat via email at cec@act.gov.au or call 02 6205 0774.

Page last updated on: 25 Sep 2018