Workshop: Ethical Decision Making in Emergency Medicine

Dealing with the tough cases


NOTE: This workshop was held on 15th August 2019. If you missed out, a similar workshop will be offered at the ACEM ASM, Sunday 17th November, 2019.

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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 will provide 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 Centre for Integrated Critical Care, University of Melbourne, the workshop will be facilitated by emergency clinicians, clinical ethicists and legal experts. Participants will be 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 Strategy, Quality and Improvement at Melbourne Health; Deputy co-director Centre for Integrated 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, Cabrini Health.

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

Ms Andrea de Souza
Barrister, Victorian Bar

When and where?

  • Thursday 15th August 2019
  • 12 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Upper East Dining Room, University House, Professors' Walk, The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

A similar workshop will be offered at the ACEM ASM, Sunday 17th November, 2019.

This workshop is accredited for 5 ACEM CPD hours. Certificates of attendance will be provided.


$240 (incl GST) per person, includes light lunch and afternoon tea

Places are limited, to facilitate effective group discussion.


Contact: Violet Mukaro
Phone: +61 3 8344 3802