Issue 3 • 2021

RACP clinical ethics resources

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. They cover interests, dualities of interest, conflicts of interest and issues affecting:
  • health practitioners
  • trainees and students
  • institutions and professional societies
  • research.
Also available is a set of FAQs to address ethical issues physicians commonly encounter in their relationships with industry, which cover 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.
RACP Fellows and trainees are encouraged to use RACP clinical ethics resources in their work, education and continuing professional development.
Read the RACP Position Statement on Clinical Ethics
This statement 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 healthcare systems of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. It highlights that ethics is fundamental to clinical practice and advocates for education and research in clinical ethics, and 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.
The webpage is designed to assist RACP members to further their own education in ethics and clinical ethics and to provide 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.
Visit the Clinical Ethics resources webpage
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