Associate Professor Christopher Jordens

Associate Professor in Bioethics / Principal Research Fellow
Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health

K25 - Medical Foundation Building
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

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Biographical details

Chris Jordens has an honours degree in philosophy and a masters degree in public health. He completed a PhD in 2002 under the supervision of Professor JR Martin in the department of linguistics at the University of Sydney. Chris taught epidemiology and biostatistics in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine in 1995 and 1996 and then took up a research position at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) when it was first established in 1997. He won a Scholarship in Surgical Ethics in 1997 and 1998 and worked on a program of research that focussed on the experiences of cancer survivors and their carers. The findings were distilled into a book called 'Surviving Survival' (Sydney: Choice Books, 2001) which inspired a television documentary by the same name (screened on 4-Corners in 2000) and another documentary called 'Living On' (screened on SBS TV several times between 2005 and 2007). In the early 2000s, Chris played a key role in creating the postgraduate teaching program in bioethics at the University of Sydney. From 2004-2007 he was founding co-editor-in-chief of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, and from 2005-2010 he was a Research Fellow in an NHMRC-funded Centre of Clinical Research Excellence in infection, bioethics and haematological malignancies. The outcomes of the 'ethics theme' of the CCRE include over 40 peer-reviewed publications and 4 major grants (see: Chris has co-authored 49 peer-reviewed articles, many of which report the findings of qualitative research in clinical settings. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health.

Research interests

Chris's research interests span bioethics, sociology of health and illness, and the philosophy of medicine and public health. He has been involved in studies relating to clinical ethics; media reporting of health issues; umbilical cord blood banking; saviour siblings; direct-to-consumer advertising; consent; religion, and HIV prevention research. His research in health and illness focuses on the experience of people diagnosed with cancer, and includes studies relating to colorectal cancer, haematological malignancies, ovarian cancer, cancer in adolescents and young adults, and communication and trust between health experts and lay people. Chris's philosophical interests inform all of his research.

Teaching areas

Christopher Jordens teaches and coordinates two coursework units of study in the Sydney Bioethics program: Philosophy of Medicine (BETH5102) and Biomedicine and Society (BETH5103). He also supervises research students at honours, masters, and doctoral levels in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM).


Philosophy of Medicine; Public health; Medical sociology; Biomedical ethics; Communication


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009


  • Fitzpatrick, S., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I., Keown, D., Walter, J., Nelson, P., Abdalla, M., Lehmann, L., Sarma, D. (2014), Religious Perspectives on the Use of Psychopharmaceuticals as an Enhancement Technology. Journal of Religion and Health. 53(5), 1440-1455. [Abstract]
  • White, K., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2014), Contextualising Professional Ethics: The Impact of the Prison Context on the Practices and Norms of Health Care Practitioners. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 11(3), 333-345. [Abstract]
  • Jordens, C., Kerridge, I., Stewart, C., O'Brien, T., Samuel, G., Porter, M., O'Connor, M., Nassar, N. (2014), Knowledge, Beliefs, and Decisions of Pregnant Australian Women Concerning Donation and Storage of Umbilical Cord Blood: A Population-Based Survey. Birth. 41(4), 360-366. [Abstract]
  • Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Forsyth, R., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2014), Power and Control in Interactions Between Journalists and Health-Related Industries: The View From Industry. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 11(2), 233-244. [Abstract]
  • Stephens, M., McKenzie, H., Jordens, C. (2014), The work of living with a rare cancer: multiple myeloma. Journal of Advanced Nursing. 70(12), 2800-2809. [Abstract]


  • Lewis, P., Jordens, C., Mooney-Somers, J., Smith, K., Kerridge, I. (2013), Growing Up With Cancer: Accommodating the Effects of Cancer Into Young People's Social Lives. Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. 30(6), 311-319. [Abstract]
  • Jordens, C., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I. (2013), The quality of Australian health journalism is important for public health. The Medical Journal of Australia. 199(7), 448-449. [Abstract]
  • Jordens, C., Montgomery, K., Forsyth, R. (2013), Trouble in the gap: a bioethical and sociological analysis of informed consent for high-risk medical procedures. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 10(1), 67-77. [Abstract]
  • Raszeja, V., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2013), Survey of practices and policies relating to the use of complementary and alternative medicines and therapies in New South Wales cancer services. Internal Medicine Journal. 43(1), 84-88. [Abstract]
  • Haire, B., Jordens, C. (2013), Standard of Prevention in the Real World: A Qualitative Study of Principal Investigators in HIV Biomedical Prevention Trials. AJOB Primary Research. 4(4), 14-25.


  • Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Sweet, M., Jordens, C., Bonfiglioli, C., Forsyth, R. (2012), Widening the debate about conflict of interest: addressing relationships between journalists and the pharmaceutical industry. Journal of Medical Ethics. 38(8), 492-495. [Abstract]
  • Harnett, P., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Hobbs, K., Mason, C., Morrell, B. (2012), Beyond evidence: reappraising use of CA-125 as post-therapy surveillance for ovarian cancer. Medical Journal of Australia. 196(7), 440-441. [Abstract]
  • Morrell, B., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I., Harnett, P., Hobbs, K., Mason, C. (2012), The perils of a vanishing cohort: a study of social comparisons by women with advanced ovarian cancer. Psycho-Oncology. 21(4), 382-391. [Abstract]
  • Komesaroff, P., Kerridge, I., Stewart, C., Samuel, G., Lipworth, W., Jordens, C. (2012), Racially conditional donation: the example of umbilical cord blood. Journal of Law and Medicine. 19(3), 517-524. [Abstract]
  • O'Connor, M., Samuel, G., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2012), Umbilical cord blood banking: beyond the public-private divide. Journal of Law and Medicine. 19(3), 512-516. [Abstract]
  • Jordens, C., O'Connor, M., Kerridge, I., Stewart, C., Cameron, A., Keown, D., Lawrence, R., McGarrity, A., Sachedina, A., Tobin, B. (2012), Religious perspectives on umbilical cord blood banking. Journal of Law and Medicine. 19(3), 497-511. [Abstract]
  • Porter, M., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C. (2012), "Good mothering" or "good citizenship"? : conflicting values in choosing whether to donate or store umbilical cord blood. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 9(1), 41-47. [Abstract]
  • Forsyth, R., Morrell, B., Lipworth, W., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Chapman, S. (2012), Health Journalists' Perceptions of Their Professional Roles and Responsibilities for Ensuring the Veracity of Reports of Health Research. Journal of Mass Media Ethics. 27(2), 130-141.
  • Haire, B., Kaldor, J., Jordens, C. (2012), How Good Is "Good Enough"? The Case for Varying Standards of Evidence According to Need for New Interventions in HIV Prevention. The American Journal of Bioethics : AJOB. 12(6), 21-30. [Abstract]


  • Forsyth, R., Scanlan, C., Carter, S., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2011), Decision Making in a Crowded Room: The Relational Significance of Social Roles in Decisions to Proceed With Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation. Qualitative Health Research. 21(9), 1260-1272. [Abstract]
  • Strong, K., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I., Little, J., Ankeny, R. (2011), It's Time to Reframe the Savior Sibling Debate. AJOB Primary Research. 2(3), 13-25.
  • Lewis, P., Mooney-Somers, J., Jordens, C., Smith, K., Kerridge, I. (2011), Using Innovative Methods to Help Young People Reflect on the Meaning of Growing up with Cancer. In: Relational Concepts in Medicine. (pp.171-180).United Kingdom: Inter-Disciplinary Press.
  • Bray, L., Jordens, C., Rowlings, P., Bradstock, K., Kerridge, I. (2011), The long haul: Caring for bone marrow transplant patients in regional Australia. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. 29(1), 5-13.


  • Stephens, M., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I., Ankeny, R. (2010), Religious Perspectives on Abortion and a Secular Response. Journal of religion and health. 49(4), 513-35. [Abstract]
  • Jordens, C., Morrell, B., Harnett, P., Hobbs, K., Mason, C., Kerridge, I. (2010), Cancergazing? CA125 and post-treatment surveillance in advanced ovarian cancer. Social science & medicine (1982). 71(9), 1548-56. [Abstract]
  • Ferguson, P., Jordens, C., Gilroy, N. (2010), Patient and family education in HSCT: improving awareness of respiratory virus infection and influenza vaccination. A descriptive study and brief intervention. Bone marrow transplantation. 45(4), 656-61. [Abstract]
  • Samuel, G., Jordens, C., Kerridge, I. (2010), Direct-to-consumer personal genome testing: ethical and regulatory issues that arise from wanting to 'know' your DNA. Internal Medicine Journal. 40(3), 220-224. [Abstract]
  • Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Benson, R., Clifford, R., Ankeny, R., Keown, D., Tobin, B., Bhattacharyya, S., Sachedina, A., Soleymani Lehmann, L., Edgar, B. (2010), Religious perspectives on embryo donation and research. Clinical Ethics. 5(1), 35-45.
  • Jordens, C. (2010), Paul Komesaroff. 2008. Experiments in love and death:Medicine, postmodernism, microethics and the body. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 7(1), 125–127.
  • Carter, S., Samuel, G., Kerridge, I., Day, R., Ankeny, R., Jordens, C., Komesaroff, P. (2010), Beyond Rhetoric in Debates About the Ethics of Marketing Prescription Medicines to Consumers: The Importance of Vulnerability in People, Situations, and Relationships. American Journal of Bioethics- Primary Research. 1(1), 11-21.


  • Lewis, P., Kerridge, I., Jorden, C. (2009), Creating space: hospital bedside displays as facilitators of communication between children and nurses. Journal of Child Health Care. 13(2), 93-100. [Abstract]
  • Samuel, G., Strong, K., Kerridge, I., Jordens, C., Ankeny, R., Shaw, P. (2009), What place do "saviour siblings" have in paediatric transplantation: establishing the role of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis with HLA typing. Archives of disease in childhood. 94(4), 317-20. [Abstract]
  • Jordens, C., Lewis, P., Kerridge, I. (2009), Decoration or communication? A qualitative study of images displayed around the bedsides of hospitalized children. Communication & Medicine. 6(1), 61-71. [Abstract]
  • Axler, R., Strong, K., Jordens, C., Ankeny, R., Barlow-Stewart, K., Kerridge, I. (2009), What's in a name? Searching the web for information about ethically contentious and emerging technologies. Journal of Communication in Healthcare. 2(2), 173-183.
  • Jordens, C., Kerridge, I., Samuel, G. (2009), Direct-to-consumer personal genome testing: the problem is not ignorance--it is market failure. The American Journal of Bioethics. 9(6-7), 13-15. [Abstract]