Ethical Principles and Values

Ethical Principles and Values

Understanding principles and values that underpin your ethical decision making.


For good ethical clinical decision making healthcare practitioners should utilise a knowledge of ethics that includes an understanding of the underlying basis for ethical principles such as respect for autonomy and justice, and an awareness of the influence one's personal beliefs and values might exert in the decision-making process.


Ethical dilemmas arise in our everyday practice. They can show up in many areas, such as between the patient and therapist on an interpersonal level, within ourselves in struggling intrapersonally. Within our interdisciplinary team or the institution we are working in, on an interprofessional or intra-organisational realm. Or even as 'hot topics' in conversation on health or socio-political fields. For some of these ethical dilemmas it is challenging to find a solution that respects all viewpoints, values and duties of the people and institutions involved.


This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:

  1. Personal Moral Viewpoint
  2. Ethical Principles
  3. Humans Rights