Australian Healthcare Ethical Framework focuses on ‘doing the right thing’

Friday, July 20, 2018

‘A consensus framework for ethical practices in healthcare launched in Tokyo today with the support of Health Minister Greg Hunt is all about doing the right thing by patients and healthcare as a whole’, said Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association Chief Executive, Alison Verhoeven.

The AHHA is one of five organisations led the development of the Australian Consensus Framework for Ethical Collaboration, along with the Australian Orthopaedic Association, the Medical Technology Association of Australia, Medicines Australia, and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

Since then 50 other bodies have signed on, including professional associations and colleges, industry organisations, hospital and health services organisations, regulators, and patient and advocacy groups.

The Framework has been endorsed by Australian and state and territory health ministers and was presented to APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) in Tokyo at its 2018 Business Ethics for Small and Medium Enterprises Forum.

‘We wanted to show the Forum—and the world—that in Australia, in the business of health, all involved in the sector seek to cooperate, be transparent and share information for the good of patients and for the good of the health system and the health of the country as a whole’, Ms Verhoeven said.

‘It’s a recognition that health is more than just a business in the commercial sense, and it’s more than a political arena with competing interests.

‘While there are business forces and differing points of view within healthcare, all of us involved want the same thing, and that is the best healthcare for Australians and fair access to all parts of the system that contribute to better health.’

‘Further we want Australians to trust the healthcare system and to trust that all within it will act cooperatively, honestly, respectfully, transparently and with integrity.’

‘This document sets out what Australians can expect, and what we, as healthcare organisations, have committed to, in order to collaborate, and in order to do the right thing’, Ms Verhoeven said.


The Consensus Statement of Shared Values and Ethical Principles for Collaboration and Interaction Among Organisations in the Healthcare Sector is available online.

For more information on the AHHA, visit

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

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Chief Executive, Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association

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