Intensive Bioethics Course

Thank you for your interest in this year’s Intensive Bioethics Course, run by the Centre for Human Bioethics at Monash University.

The Centre’s annual Intensive Bioethics Course is in its 31st year in 2015! Several hundred Australian and international health professionals have taken part in our course. Many Human Research Ethics Committees delegate some of their members to this sought-after Course, 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.

Dates: Sunday, November 29th to Friday, December 4, 2015
Location: 2015: CountryPlace, in the Dandenong Ranges (close to Melbourne, VIC)

2014 IBC Programme

2015 programme coming soon!

Confirmed speakers for 2015 so far include: 

Catherine Mills, Justin Oakley, Michael Selgelid, Loane Skene, Rob Sparrow, and Ryan Tonkens

Cost: 2015 cost: $2948 (AUD) + GST. The course fee includes 5 nights accommodation, all meals, course materials and tuition.
Transport: Transportation will be arranged for those who require it. A separate transport fee will apply.

Online registration for 2015 IBC will open in early June, with a deadline of October 1st, 2015.

Registration will be available HERE.

Enquiries: Please direct all enquiries to Dr. Ryan Tonkens (


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

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

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


Further Studies

Participants who complete the Intensive Bioethics Course may receive 12 points 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 an elective unit (excluding Ethics APG5393) required for the Master of Bioethics. Participants who wish to complete written assessment will need to pay a small administrative fee via this ecart website:



  • • “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