ANZAHPE Hot Topic Action Group (HTAG)

Comets (Community of Medical Ethics Teachers)

HTAG lead: Dr Adrienne Torda 


Aims: This group aims to bring together people who are involved in and/or interested in teaching medical ethics and professionalism in Health Professional Education across Australia and New Zealand. It provides a forum for Medical Ethics teachers throughout Australia and New Zealand to discuss teaching practices and approaches, content, problems and do collaborative research projects relevant to the teaching of Medical Ethics and professionalism.


The expected outcomes of this group include (but are not limited to):

  • Sharing of learning and teaching resources,

  • Research collaborations,

  • Highlighting recent publications and conference presentations of interest,

  • Teaching evaluation methods.

  • The development of research methodologies to evaluate different educational practices, assessments and outcomes and inter-faculty research.

  • Current controversies and conundrums relevant to our programs.

  • Information about frameworks, assessments and formats being used in other countries.

  • We would ultimately like to develop a framework or consensus statement on Medical Ethics and Professionalism in Health Professional Education.

If you are interested in joining this group,

please do not hesitate to contact: 

Dr Adrienne Torda (


PO Box 852,

Renmark, SA, 5341, AUS


President: A/Prof Chinthaka Balasooriya