Clinical Ethics Stream

Capacity in Clinical Ethics Support is increasing in many Australasian healthcare organisations.  The AABHL Clinical Ethics Stream promotes interest and expertise in clinical ethics support.  Stream leaders Ros McDougall and Vicki Xafis, are aiming for the Stream to function as a hub, bringing together AABHL members involved in clinical ethics support and associated research to share ideas and build capacity.

Activities of the Stream include a satellite meeting focusing on clinical ethics, associated with the annual AABHL conference. This follows a very successful Clinical Ethics workshop preceding the Wellington conference in 2015.  A further satellite meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 November as part of the Melbourne AABHL Conference in 2016. Updates will be posted on the conference website:

The Stream shares much of its membership with the Australasian Clinical Ethics Network. The ACE Network is open to anyone in Australia and New Zealand who is interested in clinical ethics, and it is run by the Stream leaders. The ACE Network held its inaugural event in Sydney on 17 October 2015.

We are always keen to hear your ideas and suggestions, so please feel free to contact us on any of the following addresses:

Stream Leaders

Jennifer (Jenny) Jones  is the Coordinator of the Metro South Clinical Ethics Service, member of the Metro South Clinical Ethics Committee and member of the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee, having been in these roles since March 2012. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer, School of Medicine, Griffith University. Jenny brings high qualifications and a broad range of knowledge and experience to these roles. On completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1) (QUT University Medal), she continued her formal studies, culminating with a Doctor of Philosophy (Applied Ethics and Motherhood Studies) (QUT Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award). Her doctoral research explored, through an Applied Ethics framework, the identity constitutions of a cohort of mothers with young adult-children and their negotiations through the multiple layers of embeddedness to which their lives were entrenched. Her theoretical and intellectual knowledge is complemented by practical clinical experience, having been a hospital trained Registered Nurse at St George Hospital in Sydney during the 1970s and early 80s. During her children's formative years, she combined primary care giving duties with study and part time employment in nursing and then the education sphere.

Hazel Irvine is employed by Capital and Coast District Health Board (CCDHB), Wellington, New Zealand as Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Coordinator. She is a registered nurse and midwife and a member of the NZ Association of Psychotherapists. Hazel’s extensive clinical work in the public and private health sectors has been combined with six years as a member of the Ethics Committee for Assisted Reproductive Technology (ECART) and on the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal. Previous specialist areas include teaching and providing professional supervision for nurses, midwives and other health professionals. She has been a member of CCDHB Clinical Ethics Advisory Group (CEAG) since 2011 and the Chair since November 2013. This role has involved establishing sound processes to underpin the work of the CCDHB CEAG, raising the profile of the CEAG within the organisation and management of case referrals. She works alongside Dr Alastair Macdonald, previous chair and current Clinical Ethics Advisor (CEA) for the DHB.

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