Institute Director wins research grant in health care ethics education

Professor Sandra Lynch, Director of the Institute for Ethics and Society receives her grant on Tuesday from Dr Bernadette Tobin, trustee of the Mary Philippa Brazill Foundation.

26 November 2015

How to best communicate and act on our values in workplace settings will be the focus of new research led by Professor Sandra Lynch on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus.

This follows the awarding of a Mary Philippa Brazill Foundation research grant for the Healthcare Ethics Education and the Catholic University project to Professor Lynch, Director of the University’s Institute for Ethics and Society.

Professor Lynch received the grant from the Foundation’s Trustee and Founder, Dr Bernadette Tobin, who is also the Director of the Plunkett Centre for Ethics at the Australian Catholic University.

Dr Tobin said she was delighted to present the grant to Professor Lynch, a second-time winner of the award, which will fund research into best practice in the teaching of ethics in healthcare related disciples.

Professor Lynch’s research project aims to develop an evidence-based approach to the application of the “Giving Voice to Values” Professional Ethics Curriculum to Healthcare degrees at Catholic Universities, while also making explicit the curriculum’s philosophical and theological underpinnings. The funds will be used to engage a Research Associate to provide research assistance on the project.

The Mary Philippa Brazill Foundation was established in 1993 for the purpose of providing financial support for research and education in ethics with an emphasis on the ethics of health care and with special regard to the promotion of these activities in Catholic institutions in Australia.

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