Ethical research in palliative care: a guide through the human research ethics committee process

19 Oct 2004

This booklet aims to provide a guide to the research community wishing to conduct ethical research in palliative care. The need for this booklet has arisen in response to the expanding provision of palliative care services and associated research in Australia.

In October 2000 the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) endorsed the National Palliative Care Strategy. The Strategy is a partnership between the Australian Government, State and Territory governments, palliative care service providers and communitybased organisations. It is designed to guide the development and implementation of consistent Australian palliative care policies, strategies and services and to promote the delivery of quality palliative care that is accessible to all people who are dying.

A core objective of the Strategy is to ensure that good quality evidence is available on how to best provide palliative care. In more recent years, this has led to increased impetus for palliative care research through the establishment of a specific program of research with the National Health and Medical Research Council.

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