Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences


Ms Giuliana Fuscaldo, Dr Sally Catt



  • Second semester (extended) 2016 (Day)
  • Second semester (extended) 2016 (Online)


This unit examines the current legislation and regulations governing the clinical practice of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) and related research, nationally and internationally. It describes the role of ethical frameworks and principles in health decision-making and analyses regulation in ART with respect to underlying moral and ethical principles. An introduction to ethical problem solving is presented. The major ethical issues raised by assisted reproductive technologies are examined and critically evaluated.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss the current major legislative and non-legislative schemes for regulating IVF in Australia and have some knowledge of how the Australian situation compares with other countries
  2. identify the relevant regulatory bodies and know their requirements for licensing, accrediting and approving clinical and ART related research
  3. describe and explain the legal and ethical issues surrounding IVF, gamete and embryo donation, embryo experimentation, surrogacy, cloning, stem cell research and genetic selection and manipulation
  4. describe the role of ethics in health care and legal decision-making and be familiar with the main ethical frameworks and principles used in analysing conflicts and solving problems
  5. evaluate critically the ethical concerns raised by current ART practices and the future prospects for this technology in Australia and around the world
  6. explain their social and ethical responsibilities as a health care professional and with regard to patient care.


Written examination (3 hours) (70%)
Debate (30%)

Workload requirements

16 hours contact per week (lectures, tutorials, debates, self-directed study).

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