LVCOL: The Concept of Autonomy

Course Overview

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CPD Accreditation:

HPCSA: 1 Ethics CEU, Level 1
OASA (Ocularist Association of South Africa): Universal1 (one) point

Course Content:

Autonomy is one of the four principles of bioethics that inform the codes and rules that guide healthcare practitioners. In considering the concept of autonomy, many aspects of healthcare interactions, such as decision making, confidentiality, informed consent, and privacy, will be examined. Problems arise, in theory and in practice, resulting in dilemmas and unfortunate consequences if this important principle is not respected, and some examples of avoidable outcomes are given.  

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The Low Vision Centre of Learning is thrilled to introduce Wendy Histed to present on the concept of Autonomy.

Wendy began work as an optometrist in private practice in 1981 after graduating from the Witwatersrand Technikon (now the University of Johannesburg). She lived abroad from 1990 until 2000 and work included both private and voluntary work in England and Thailand. Wendy has a special interest in Low Vision, she has supervised students in this field as well as lectured the subject Low Vision to final year optometry students. Her wider interests include medical and applied ethics.


Wendy is currently the Chairperson of the Executive Committee of OMASA (Orientation and Mobility Association of South Africa), she sees low vision patients at Low Vision Pretoria (Pretoria Eye Institute).

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Bronwyn de Jager
Posted 3 months ago
Understanding a sliding scale with ethics

Good presenter. Interesting talk. important topic.

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