- Assessment Item 4
Description/Focus: Case study analysis
Value: 50 %
Due date: Midnight Friday week 12
Length: 3000 words
Task: Read the information contained in the links below about Toni Hoffman, the
senior nurse in charge at the Queensland hospital where Dr Jayant Patel worked. Toni Hoffman spent 2 years trying to warn authorities about the malpractice of Dr Jayant Patel during the years he worked at the hospital.
1. Using Bowie’s theory assess whether Toni Hoffman’s act of Whistleblowing was morally justified?
2. Will the most recent whistle-blower legislation for public officials (Public Interest Disclosure Act 2013) be sufficient in protecting whistleblowers? Or does business ethics need to be institutionalised within an organisations culture?
3. Critically discuss the following statement:
“Legislation and changes in corporate culture can reduce the personal sacrifices that whistleblowers must make” (Shaw, Barry, Issa, Catley 2013:459)
Preparation: Click on the following links for information related to this assessment. Please also research and use other academic sources to answer the questions.
Directly related to assessment:
Kevin, T. (2005) A whistleblower at Bunderberg hospital, newmatilda.com, viewed at
ABC online (2005) At deaths door, Australian Story, viewed at http://www.abc.net.au/austory/content/2005/s1400735.htm
Some additional information:
Brown, A. (2013) Towards “Ideal” whistleblowing legislation? Some lessons from recent Australian experience, E-Journal of international and comparative labour studies, viewed http://www.adapt.it/EJCLS/index.php/ejcls_adapt/article/viewFile/134/192
Brown, A. (2006) Public Interest Disclosure Legislation in Australia: Towards the next generation, summary. Prepared as part of the Australian Research
Council Linkage project, ‘Whistling while they work’. Viewed
Presentation: Report style required. Harvard referencing.
Assignments must contain a cover page.