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Princess Alexandra Hospital’s long-standing Clinical Ethics Coordinator, Jenny Jones, has officially handed over the reins, retiring this month from the role.
Andrew Wheaton has now commenced as this hospital’s new Clinical Ethics Coordinator after acting in the role for the last 14 months.
“It’s an honour to take over the role from someone as passionate and driven as Jenny,” said Andrew.
For Andrew, it was a natural progression from nursing to clinical ethics, completing his Masters in Bioethics in 2020.
“I’ve always been interested in the ethical nature of things.
“With my background in nursing, I saw a lot of things that made me think more deeply about Clinical Ethics and lead me to higher education in the topic,” he said.
Andrew has been a registered nurse for close to ten years, still practicing in the private sector one day a week.
He’s eager to support clinicians and the ethical delivery of care moving forward.
“I’m here to help clinicians in their decision-making and to provide education in this ever-evolving area of healthcare.
“For me, a big part of this is the evolution of technology and its potential impact on healthcare.
“The key to clinical ethics is a strong foundational knowledge of bioethical principles and ethical theory, whilst also being responsive to the dynamic field of modern healthcare.”
If you’d like to get in touch with Andrew, contact MSH-Clinical-Ethics@health.qld.gov.au