AMA Position Statement Conscientious Objection 2019


The AMA has released its updated Position Statement on Conscientious Objection 2019 (replacing the Position Statement on Conscientious Objection 2013). The policy was reviewed as part of the AMA’s routine, five-year policy review cycle.

A conscientious objection occurs when a doctor, as a result of a conflict with his or her own personal beliefs or values, refuses to provide, or participate in, a legal, legitimate treatment or procedure that would be deemed medically appropriate in the circumstances under professional standards.

A conscientious objection is based on sincerely-held beliefs and moral concerns, not self-interest or discrimination.

1 hour Online Learning



Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflect on the impact of decision making regarding patient’s care
  2. Discuss and identify ways on how to practice in accordance with personal beliefs, without compromising patient care or placing a burden on colleagues
  3. Inform of objections, enabling patients to exercise their right in a timely fashion to see another doctor without compromising dignity, respect and access to care
  4. Recognise that some health care facilities may not provide certain services due to institutional conscientious objection


Professionalism, ethics, etiquette, health care, patient, safety, objection, privacy, legal



Australian Medical Association
Online Education
1h : 0m
MBA: 1h : 0m
ACRRM - Fellow: 1h : 0m
ACRRM - Non Fellow: 1h : 0m
$33.00 inc. of GST
Ethics and Professionalism
Medical Practitioner, Medical Student, Doctor-in-Training, Non-Vocationally Registered, Retired, Specialist - Other, Specialist General Practitioner

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