The status of ethics education in Australasian psychiatry

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1996 Dec;30(6):813-8. doi: 10.3109/00048679609065049.


Objective: To determine to what extent ethics is taught and how it is taught to psychiatrists-in-training across Australasia.

Method: Anonymous mail-out survey of training directors.

Results: The questionnaire was completed by 23 of 25 training directors (response rate = 92%) who reported on 625 trainee psychiatrists. Individual one-to-one case supervision was adopted by 96% of the programs for teaching ethics; formal teaching in seminars or lectures was chosen as the second most common method in 70% of programs. Topics most commonly taught in formal seminars were so taught in only 70% of programs or less.

Conclusion: A uniform curriculum in psychiatric ethics is needed. The results are discussed in relation to identified needs for improvement.

MeSH terms

  • Curriculum
  • Education
  • Ethics, Professional / education*
  • Humans
  • New Zealand
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Workforce