The Ethics of Aged Care

ACU’s exploration of advance care planning, which enables patient wishes to inform decisions made by families and medical professionals and to respect patient autonomy and dignity, has led to the development of further research into other areas of medical ethics around aged care issues.

The ACU Plunkett Centre for Ethics research on the subject has significantly improved awareness, policy and practice in the Catholic healthcare system and beyond. It has contributed to new national guidelines for Catholic Health Australia, and policies, procedures and capability development in an acute public teaching hospital and a major aged care provider.

Dr Bernadette Tobin AO, Reader in Philosophy and Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and Dr Steve Matthews, Senior Research Fellow at the Plunkett Centre, collaborated on the research, which has since been applied to questions of end-of-life care in aged care and healthcare settings and decision-making by and for people living with dementia.

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