Managing Conflict of Interest Policy and Guidelines
The WA Health Managing Conflict of Interest Policy and Guidelines have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders across Health. The policy was developed in accordance with the WA Health Workforce Policy Development Framework. The policy is supported by guidelines designed to assist with the policy’s implementation and the effective management of conflict of interest issues.
The WA Health Code of Conduct (the Code) describes the standards of behaviour expected of people working in the public health sector. The Code expressly states that employees of WA Health will “disclose any personal or professional matters that may lead to actual or perceived conflicts of interest”.
It is not always possible to avoid a conflict of interest and equally, having a conflict itself is not necessarily wrong or unethical. What is most important is that conflicts of interest are identified, disclosed and managed.
The policy and guidelines applies to all persons employed within WA Health, which incorporates the following entities:
- Department of Health
- Metropolitan Health Services
- Peel Health Service
- WA Country Health Service
This is a system wide policy and supersedes all existing policies and guidelines relating to the management of conflict of interest in WA Health.
It is the responsibility of managers to ensure that all employees have access to a copy of the policy and guidelines, which can be accessed via Holii at http://www.health.wa.gov.au/policies/doh_policy.cfm.
Dr Peter Flett
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA