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Encountering ethical issues in Catholic healthcare with cutting-edge online education

7 April 2016 | General Interest

Designed by clinicians, ethicists and health sector experts, Catholic Health Australia and The Broken Bay Institute, have delivered a one-of-a-kind health and ethics package to participants at St Vincent’s Clinic, Sydney, and Mt Lawley Hospital, Perth.

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Differentiated by its use of online technology and evidence-based educational methods, Decoding the Code brings together health and aged care sectors with an eight-week online course, preceded by a two-hour lecture from BBI’s Dean of Studies, Dr Dan Fleming.

Dr Fleming, who did his PhD on vulnerability and moral responsibility, said creating effective dialogue amongst all employees working in the health and aged care sectors is crucial to the ongoing collective effort in Catholic Health and Aged Care.

“The aim of Decoding the Code is to provide a strong foundation of ethical understanding for people working in these sectors, even if they’re not Catholic themselves.

“Participants learn how to employ ethical-reasoning in their application of the Code of Clinical Ethical Standards for Catholic Health and Aged Care Services in Australia.”

The course brings together a team of leading experts in their field while delivering content that is digestible in an online environment, making it easy for professionals to access coursework outside of traditional working hours.

“Previous participants of Decoding the Code have found the course tremendously helpful in their field of work, and they have actively encouraged others to take part.

“Interest in the course has been overwhelming, there’s clearly a need for this, and it’s a great joy for us to meet this growing need.”

The Broken Bay Institute offers a range of professional development seminars and courses, meeting the needs of Catholic education and business acumen. For more information about Decoding the Code, higher education degrees and leadership courses visit www.bbi.catholic.edu.au.


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