L. J. Goody Bioehtics Centre
About Us
The L J Goody Bioethics Centre was founded in 1985 as an agency of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Perth, Western Australia, guided by its first Director, Fr William Uren SJ. Named in honour of Sir Launcelot John Goody DD PhD KBE, third Catholic Archbishop of Perth (1968-83), the Centre moved to its present location in Mt Hawthorn, WA, under its second Director, Rev Dr Walter Black MSC PhD, in 1990.

The Centre's present Director is Rev Dr Joseph Parkinson STL PhD. The senior ethics consultant is Rev Dr Peter Hung Tran STD.

The L J Goody Bioethics Centre provides public and private consultation, education and research in ethical aspects of contemporary health care practice and public health policy for the people of Western Australia.

The Centre's services include:
  • a confidential ethics advisory service for members of the public, as well as for the medical and nursing professions, politicians, clergy, and members of health ethics committees;
  • on-call clinical ethics consultancy to Catholic hospitals and healthcare systems in WA;
  • lectures in general ethics, bioethics, clinical and research ethics;
  • professional development, in-service and other education programs and occasional lectures (adult learning mode) in questions of general and medical ethics for community, church and professional groups.
Centre staff also assist a number of clinical and research ethics committees in the public and private healthcare sectors - see the listing under 'Ethics Committees'. All private and clinical consultations are offered free of charge.

The Centre maintains a non-lending library in philosophy, ethics, bioethics and moral theology, with particular emphasis on specific questions in medical and nursing ethics. Members of the public are welcome to access the library during office hours.