Ethical Decision Making in Critical Care

Dealing with the tough cases

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This interactive workshop is designed for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals working in a range of critical care settings. When faced with increasing time and resource constraints there is often limited opportunity to deliberate on the ethical pros and cons of clinical decisions. This workshop provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your practice and develop practical tools to apply to patient care within an ethical framework .

Presented by the Department of Critical Care, University of Melbourne, the workshop will is facilitated by emergency clinicians, clinical ethicists and legal experts. Participants are provided with opportunities for in depth discussion and interaction with like-minded peers.

Topics covered

  • Overview of ethical principles and tools to assist decision making
  • Case-based group discussions covering topics such as: refusal of care; end of life decision making; futility of care
  • Ethics and the law
  • Practical tools to take away and apply in your own work setting.

Learning outcomes

  • Explore ethical challenges that arise in critical care, based on case studies from Emergency Medicine
  • Develop strategies to prepare for and address ethically challenging situations in clinical practice
  • Apply legal and ethical principles when delivering patient care.


Professor George Braitberg AM
Emergency physician and Director of Emergency Research, Austin Health; Head of Emergency Medicine, Department of Critical Care, The University of Melbourne.

Professor Clare Delany
Clinical ethicist at the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children's Hospital;, clinical education researcher at the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School.

Associate Professor Michael Ben-Meir
Emergency physician and Director of Emergency Medicine, Austin Health.

Dr Marija Kirjanenko
Emergency physician, Austin Health and Epworth Hospital, Geelong.