PEACe is an operational unit within the Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute (KTP-NUCMI). It comprises academic staff from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore (NUS) and clinical and nursing staff from KTP-NUCMI, National University Hospital (NUH). NUS and NUH are members of the National University Health System (NUHS), which is an integrated academic health system with regional as well as national health responsibilities.
KTP-NUCMI develops and provides cutting edge medicine to children from Singapore and the region through clinical practice, research and scholarship. Our advancements raise fundamental ethical questions of how to enhance the best interests of the child, minimise harm and assure distributive justice. In addition, demographic trends have resulted in an increase in the diversity of the social, religious and cultural backgrounds of the patients and the parents that we manage; this diversity is expected to widen in the coming years.
Excellent and ethical medical care and research require a deep understanding of the moral principles on which decisions are made. This requires knowledge and understanding of the many values, principles, rules, guidelines and purposes that define the community. This ethical awareness and sensibility regarding different perspectives and values and the ability to understand and constructively question them is vital for medical progress. Unresolved ethical issues will threaten the trust in the doctor-patient-family relationships.
Neither in Singapore nor the region do we have any programme dedicated to systematically address the ethical challenges that arise from the medical care of as well as research involving children. The generous donation from the Estate of Tan Sri Khoo Teck Puat has enabled the KTP-NUCMI to establish PEACe to meet these needs.
Excellence in ethical care of children
Enhance the medical care of children and their families through ethical practices and advocacy in Singapore and the region.
- Provide paediatric ethics consultation service.
- Educate paediatricians, nurses, allied health professionals and students in contemporary ethical issues in paediatric healthcare. These issues include end-of-life decision-making and palliative care, dilemmas in neonatal and paediatrics intensive care, challenges in ambulatory care settings, mental health, stem cell and organ transplantation, bio banking, genetic testing and engineering, expanded newborn screening, informed consent, resource allocation and paediatric research.
- Advance scholarship in paediatric ethics through empirical research and publication.
- Develop humanistic solutions to ethical issues in paediatric patient care.
- Develop and conduct an educational programme of a fellowship in paediatric medical ethics.
- Deepen community awareness and understanding of paediatric clinical ethics by sponsoring public discourse and collaborating with the media.
- Establish links and collaborations with other paediatric ethics centres.
The members of the 11-person team from NUHS are:
Professor Alastair Campbell, Emeritus Director of the Centre of Biomedical Ethics, is the Advisor.
- Monthly meetings where PEACe members study common ethical dilemmas, develop ethical reasoning skills and identify relevant and local perspectives that will influence decision making
- Detailed study of the local ethical and legal framework for end-of-life care
- Presented papers at the Lien Centre for Palliative Care Meeting on the Vulnerable Child in August 2016
- Presented cases for discussion at a meeting in Singapore: International Expert Consultation on Vulnerability in Research from 2 April 2014 to 4 April 2014, which is organised by the Centre of Biomedical Ethics
Our members also teach the following:
- Residents Core Education Module on Ethics, Law and Professionalism
- Medical Undergraduate Tutorials in Health Ethics, Law and Professionalism
PEACe Launch Ceremony Videos
Associate Professor Daniel Goh’s Speech
Professor Yeoh Khay Guan’s Speech
Emeritus Professor Roy Joseph’s Speech
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