Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee (EC) provides the RACP Board with advice in areas that raise ethical considerations in the context of policy and advocacy, education, clinical practice and the health of our communities, research and financial investment.

Read the Ethics Committee By-law (PDF).

Committee membership

Dr Cindy Towns, Chair
Mr Adam Johnston, Deputy Chair | Healthcare Consumer representative
Dr Sarah Baldwin
Dr Catherine Cole | Board representative
Dr Tahira Dosani | Trainee representative
Professor Wendy Lipworth | Non-clinical Ethicist
Dr Lisa Mitchell
Dr Charlotte Ogilvy
Dr Nadia Rajabalee
Dr Greg Stewart
Vacant | Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander representative
Vacant | Māori representative
Vacant | Legal Professional representative
Vacant | Healthcare Consumer representative

Ethics resources

Guidelines for ethical relationships between health professionals and industry

Access the easy to navigate, online version of the RACP Guidelines for ethical relationships between health professionals and industry.

These voluntary guidelines support members in navigating the complex and varied ethical challenges that may arise from interactions with industry. This resource covers interests, dualities of interest and conflicts of interest and issues affecting:

  • health practitioners
  • trainees and students
  • institutions and professional societies
  • research

A set of FAQs to address ethical issues physicians commonly encounter in their relationships with industry covers the following topics:

  • meeting with drug representatives
  • speaking at a pharmaceutical company sponsored event
  • funding from a pharmaceutical company to attend a conference
  • pharmaceutical sponsorship for clinical meeting or grand round
  • funding from a pharmaceutical company to conduct or participate in research
  • invitation to be a member of a pharmaceutical company advisory board

Position Statement on Clinical Ethics

The RACP Position Statement on Clinical Ethics (PDF) is the first of its kind to be developed by a medical college and calls for clinical ethics support services to be embedded within the health care systems of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand.

It highlights that ethics is fundamental to clinical practice, advocates for education and research in clinical ethics, and calls for the development of clinical ethics services to better support practitioners in the contemporary health context.

Members are encouraged to use the position statement to support the development of their own clinical ethics capacity and to gain support for the establishment of rigorous clinical ethics support services in their workplaces.

Clinical Ethics resources

The Clinical Ethics resources page is designed to assist RACP members to further their own education in ethics and clinical ethics. It provides resources that may assist with the development of locally-appropriate clinical ethics services, including:

  • professional development in clinical ethics
  • trainee education in clinical ethics
  • clinical ethics services
  • academic studies
  • research and fellowships
  • other clinical ethics related resources

Online Learning resources

Pomegranate Health podcast

Contact us

Contact us for more information about the Ethics Committee. 

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