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Ethi-call: 1800 672 303

Ethi-call is a free and confidential ethics counselling service.

Ethics counselling has been offered by St James Ethics Centre for twenty years. This unique and valuable service is available to anyone across Australia who is struggling with an ethical issue or dilemma at work or in their personal lives.

An ethical dilemma arises when you are trying to do the right thing or make the right decision, but there is no obvious right way to go. The picture is in shades of gray, rather than black and white.

An ethical dilemma can arise when values come into conflict. For example, you believe in the importance of honesty and you also value loyalty. How do you act when you believe something should be brought to light, but you know that the disclosure will hurt someone – someone you care about, or a colleague who has earned your respect and loyalty?

An ethical dilemma can also arise when loyalties come into conflict. Perhaps a decision has to be made where you will have to act in the best interests of only one of two people dear to you, or in the best interests of either a person you care about or an organisation or principle you value.

An ethical dilemma can also occur when what seems right for the short term is wrong for the long term.

Ethi-call is there to relieve the discomfort and distress you feel in situations like this, by helping you to recognise and reflect on the ethical dimensions involved.

When you call Ethi-call, you won’t be given advice, or told what the right thing to do is. The counsellor won’t answer legal questions, or interpret policy or codes of conduct. Instead, the counselling session provides you with a space for ethical reflection. The counsellor will assist you in applying your own values and principles in a reflective way.

Some examples

  • You have strong evidence that your coach is behaving inappropriately towards a 14 year old whom he is also coaching. He has never done anything wrong to you and you are making great progress since he started working with you. What should you do?

  • You are competing with a friend for the last place in the swimming team. While you know he is drug-free now, he has told you in confidence that he has taken performance-enhancing drugs in the past under pressure from a former coach. There is no real difference in your performance levels. If the authorities know about your friend’s past there might be a chance you will get the place on the team. What should you do?

  • A young player/sportsperson on the team you manage has committed a serious sackable offence. The rules are very clear on what should be done. But this young man has had a difficult life, and this is his opportunity to get on his feet – perhaps his last opportunity. Who knows what will happen if he loses his position on the team? Do you report the incident or give him another chance?

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