Intensive Bioethics Course

The Centre’s annual Intensive Bioethics Course is in its 30th year in 2014! Several hundred Australian and international health professionals have taken part in our course. Many Research Ethics Committees delegate some of their members to this sought-after event, and members of clinical ethics committees, as well as health professionals from many fields have also attended.

The course outlines general ethical frameworks, along with specific ethical principles underpinned by those frameworks, in the context of current developments in biotechnology, clinical practice, and the ethical oversight of research on humans.


(Some) Participants and speakers at the conclusion of the 2007 IBC in Marysville, Vic.

Dates: Sunday, November 30th to Friday, December 5, 2014.
Location: 2014: CountryPlace, in the Dandenong Ranges (close to Melbourne, VIC)
Program: 2014 IBC Programme now available!Confirmed speakers so far include: Lynn Gillam, Catherine Mills, Justin Oakley, Michael Selgelid, Loane Skene, Rob Sparrow, and Ryan Tonkens
Cost: 2014 cost: $2775 (AUD) inc. GST. The course fee includes 5 days’ accommodation, all meals, course materials and tuition.
Transport: Transportation will be arranged for those who require it. A separate transport fee will apply.
Register: Online registration for 2014 IBC is now open. Registration is available HERE.
Enquiries: Please direct all enquiries to Dr. Ryan Tonkens (


Further Studies

Participants who complete the Intensive Bioethics Course may receive credit (upon entry) towards a postgraduate coursework program in Bioethics at Monash University if they also complete a further short piece of written assessment to the required standard.  Completion of the Intensive Bioethics Course and related written assessment would allow students to receive credit for one of the six units (excluding APG4393 or APG5393) required for the Master of Bioethics (if qualified/admitted). Participants who wish to complete written assessment will need to pay a small administrative fee via this ecart website:


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Centre for Human Bioethics staff and participants for the 2014 Intensive Bioethics Course


  • • “Fantastic lectures, clear, engaging and diverse.” (2011) • “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time …. I have met some really wonderful people with not only professional experience but who have shared their personal experiences. I would highly recommend the course.” (2010) Read more