Clinical Ethics Course

Clinical Ethics Course

CENTRES offers a blended course in clinical ethics.

What is it?

Online modules 20 to 30 minutes each


Face-to-face practicums 4 hours

Our online modules offer an interactive and immersive learning experience that includes a series of short role-play videos, quizzes and a resource library of relevant materials.

Participants are strongly encouraged to complete the online content before attending the practicums. The concepts and methods are covered in the online content. The face-to-face practicums allows participants to apply what they have learnt in the online modules through the discussion of actual cases, with their peers and colleagues from various disciplines, thereby gaining broader perspectives on the issues.

What topics are covered?

Methods and Principles

The learning objectives of this module are to appreciate the nature of ethical questions and the need for distinctive principles and methodologies to resolve ethical dilemmas in the clinical setting. You will understand the four core principles of biomedical ethics and assess cases using the four-box methodology.

Consent and Capacity

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the types and fundamental elements of consent, so that healthcare professionals can navigate the challenges of obtaining consent in a practical manner. The capacity continuum and the issues that arise in securing consent when a person’s capacity changes are explored.

End of Life

The learning objectives of this module are to develop an awareness and understanding of the key ethical issues that arise when the patient is nearing the end of life. It explains the importance of clear and honest communication between the healthcare team, the patient and the patient’s loved ones, and discussing the patient’s goals of care.

Communication and Documentation

The learning objectives of this module are to appreciate the ethical context for appropriate communication with patients and their loved ones, maintaining privacy and confidentiality and using decision-making tools, such as advance care plans. Learners will appreciate that ethical practice is facilitated by clear, honest, compassionate communication with patients.

Other Contextual Concerns

The learning objectives of this module are to appreciate that there may be specific factors that impact on the assessment of an ethical dilemma. Such contextual factors discussed in this module include resource limitations, conflicts of interest, use of restraints and personal values, spirituality and religion.

The Role and Function of Clinical Ethics Committees

The learning objectives of this module are to understand the purpose and framework under which CECs operate, describe their composition, explain how CECs should review cases, evaluate the extent of patient involvement, and review the different approaches to evaluating CEC work.

Who is it for?

  • Members, chairs and administrators of clinical ethics committees
  • Healthcare professionals interested in clinical ethics

How do I sign up?

CENTRES members and individuals who have signed up for our clinical ethics mailing list will receive mailers on when selected topics in the blended course will be run and given the opportunity to register for the course.

If you aren’t on our clinical ethics mailing list, subscribe now.

Is there a fee?

No, there is no fee.


Please contact Cheryl Lee or Nurul Izzati.