When should health professionals override parents' decisions about a child's medical treatment?

Project Details

To develop an account of parents' and health professionals' ethical entitlements and obligations in relation to medical decision-making for children

Project summary

In children's hospitals, health professionals sometimes disagree with parents' decisions about a child's healthcare.  The situations in which health professionals are justified in attempting to persuade parents or acting contrary to parents' decisions are currently unclear.  This project will establish the entitlements and responsibilities of both parents and paediatric health professionals in relation to medical decision-making for children.


Dr Rosalind McDougall


ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award

Research Group

Health Humanities and Social Sciences Unit

Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (including cancer), and promotion of mental health

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Health Equity

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