Australian Consensus Statement on Ethics in Healthcare wins international award

Friday, July 20, 2018

Australian health leaders presenting a Consensus Statement on Ethics in Healthcare in Tokyo today have won the 2018 APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Ethics Lighthouse Award.

The award recognises the significant international leadership demonstrated by the Australian health sector in developing a model for ethical collaboration across all parts of the health system, including:

  • patients;
  • clinicians;
  • professional colleges;
  • hospitals and health services;
  • Commonwealth and state/territory governments; and
  • medical technology and biopharmaceutical companies.

Presenting the award, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, Diane Farrell, noted the contributions Australia had made to mentoring, supporting and inspiring health leaders and companies across the APEC membership to develop and commit to ethical practice in healthcare.

'Commonwealth Minister for Health Greg Hunt’s opening statement to APEC delegates highlighted Australia’s international reputation as a leader in delivering high quality healthcare with the best possible health outcomes for Australians.

‘That this was acknowledged by APEC health leaders through the 2018 Lighthouse Award is a great honour for Australia’, said Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Chief Executive Alison Verhoeven.

Australia was represented at the Tokyo APEC Business Ethics Forum by four of the five members of the leadership group that developed the Australian Consensus Statement—the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association, the Medical Technology Association of Australia, and Medicines Australia. (The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons was the fifth member of the group).

Also attending in support of the statement were representatives from the Australian and New Zealand Society for Vascular Surgery, the Australian College of Sport and Exercise Physicians, the Consumers Health Forum of Australia, the Therapeutic Goods Administration and the Australian Embassy in Japan.

The Consensus Statement of Shared Values and Ethical Principles in the Healthcare Sector is available online.

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The Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association is the national peak body for public and not-for-profit hospitals, and community and primary healthcare services.

Media enquiries:  Alison Verhoeven

Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

+61 403 282 501