AUSTRALIAN CONSENSUS FRAMEWORK ON ETHICS IN HEALTHCARE WINS MAJOR AWARD

A consensus framework for ethical practices in health care, developed in collaboration by a team of Australian health leaders and launched at the 2018 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Ethics for SMEs Forum held in Tokyo, has won the 2018 APEC Business Ethics Lighthouse Award presented by US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Diane Farrell. 

The framework, which is a government-supported. Sector-led initiative has been signed by 50 signatory bodies, of which the ADA is one, including Australian professional health bodies, industry organisations, hospital and health services associations, regulators, patient and advocacy groups and other related organisations. 

The Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration in the Healthcare Sector aims to deliver the best outcomes for patients through ethical behaviour, collaboration and interaction throughout the Australian healthcare sector, with the statement providing assurance to patients of the kind of behaviour they should expect from providers, facilities and companies. 

The 2018 APEC Business Ethics Lighthouse Award recognises the significant international leadership displayed by the Australian Consensus Framework (ACF), noting the contributions Australia has made to mentoring, supporting and inspiring health leaders across the APEC membership to develop and commit to ethical practice in healthcare. 

For more information on this award-winning initiative, go to the Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration in the Healthcare Sector.