The Asia Pacific Bioethics Education Network (APBEN) was established in 2018 as part of an initiative led by the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Bioethics education is vital in assisting students, professionals, policy makers and the public to understand and address the ethical, legal and social dimensions of health care policy and practice. APBEN aims to bring together experts in bioethics education at institutions in the Asia Pacific region to create connections, facilitate collaboration and share ideas and innovations to enhance bioethics education.
APBEN focuses on education and training in the broad, and often interdisciplinary field, of bioethics. It emphasises practical application of ethics for healthcare policy and practice. The network is therefore inclusive of health law and professionalism as well as health humanities scholarship. The network welcomes engagement by educators and practitioners in medicine, nursing, optometry, physiotherapy, medical radiation practice, social work, paramedicine, and other health professions, as well as researchers.
APBEN 2021 Conference
Following three successful APBEN conferences held in Hong Kong, in 2021 the conference will be held virtually and hosted by Deakin University, Australia from 27th-30th May, 2021. The online program will enable participation and engagement by a professionally diverse group of attendees from around the world.
2020 has been a year of extraordinary upheaval and change within societies and healthcare systems. The impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the Black Lives Matter movement and the climate crisis have highlighted the importance of ethical decision-making in local, regional and global contexts. Effective ethical training and guidance are needed to empower those on the frontlines to practice ethical decision-making and care giving. The challenges of 2020 have also made clear the need to critically review and update the field of bioethics and bioethics education, rethinking not only how we teach, but what we teach: the values and knowledges that are embedded in our work.
At APBEN 2021 we hope to initiate conversations that will help to reshape bioethics education in the years ahead so that we can not only meet the challenges confronting healthcare systems and societies but also move beyond them, helping to create a more equitable, inclusive and responsive community of ethical and professional practitioners and scholars. We hope very much that you will be able to contribute to this important work and look forward to welcoming you in May.
Associate Professor Dominique E. Martin,
Chair, APBEN 2021 Organizing Committee