Dr Ainsley Newson

BSc(Hons); LLB(Hons); PhD
Senior Lecturer in Bioethics
Centre for Values, Ethics & Law in Medicine (VELIM), School of Public Health

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Biographical details

Dr Ainsley Newson is Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) within the Sydney School of Public Health. Ainsley has been at the University of Sydney since January 2013. Previously, she was Lecturer (2006-2008) then Senior Lecturer (2008-2012) in Biomedical Ethics at the University of Bristol, UK. She was also a Research Fellow in Ethics and Genetics at Imperial College London (2003-6). Ainsley has degree qualifications in Medical Ethics, Law and Science, all of which were obtained from the University of Melbourne. Her PhD research focussed on moral issues in behavioural genetic research and its applications.

Research interests

Ainsley works on:

  • Ethics and huamn genetics and genomics
  • Ethics and human reproduction
  • Emerging biotechnologies, e.g. synthetic biology
  • Clinical Ethics Support: ethics and practicalities

Teaching and supervision

Ainsley is Course Director of the Sydney Bioethics Programand coordinates a number of Units of Study therein.

Ainsley also guest lectures in other University of Sydney programmes, including the Master of Public Health and the Master of Genetic Counselling.

Current projects

Ainsley holds a New Staff Grant from the University of Sydney, for a project entitled: “Future autonomy, current technology: Ethics and next generation gene sequencing in children.”

Ainsley also currently supervises PhD projects examining direct to consumer genetic testing, ethics in embryology, and ethics and birth choice.

Awards and honours

Ainsley was named "Young Australian of the Year in the UK" in 2010.

In the media

Ainsley is an experienced media commentator on bioethics-related issues in print and online media, radio and television.

Ainsley sits on a range of committees influencing policy on genetics in Australia. These include the Ethics and Social Issues Committee of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Clinical Ethics Advisory Committee for NSW Health.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Newson, A. (2011). Population screening. In Angus Dawson (Eds.), Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice, (pp. 118-142). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Leonard, S., Newson, A. (2010). Ethical Perspectives. In Clara L Gaff, Carma L Bylund (Eds.), Family Communication about Genetics: Theory and Practice, (pp. 199-214). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Newson, A. (2007). Personhood and Moral Status. In R. E. Ashcroft & A. Dawson & Heather Draper (Eds.), Principles of Health Care Ethics, (pp. 277-283). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

Journals

  • Savard, J., Mooney-Somers, J., Newson, A., Kerridge, I. (2014). Australians' knowledge and perceptions of direct-to-consumer personal genome testing. Internal Medicine Journal, 44(1), 27-31. [More Information]
  • Hens, K., Dondorp, W., Handyside, A., Harper, J., Newson, A., Pennings, G., Rehmann-Sutter, C., de Wert, G. (2013). Dynamics and ethics of comprehensive preimplantation genetic testing: a review of the challenges. Human reproduction update, 19(4), 366-375. [More Information]
  • Newson, A., Biller-Andorno, N., Ter Meulen, R. (2013). Synthetic biology for human health: issues for ethical discussion and policy-making. Bioethics, 27(8), ii-iii. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2012). Clinical Ethics Committee Case 17: a paramedic sustains a bite while attending a callout and the assailant refuses testing for HIV or hepatitis C: what should we do? Clinical Ethics, 7(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Deans, Z., Newson, A. (2012). Ethical considerations for choosing between possible models for using NIPD for aneuploidy detection. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(10), 614-618. [More Information]
  • Savulescu, J., Hemsley, M., Newson, A., Foddy, B. (2011). Behavioural genetics: why eugenic selection is preferable to enhancement. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 23(2), 157-171. [More Information]
  • Newson, A., Leonard, S. (2011). Childhood genetic testing for familial cancer: should adoption make a difference? Familial Cancer, 9(1), 37-42. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Clinical Ethics Committee Case 16: A request from an accident and emergency department - should we give our patient a blood transfusion? Clinical Ethics, 6, 154-158. [More Information]
  • Fournier, V., Rari, E., Forde, R., Neitzke, G., Pegoraro, R., Newson, A. (2011). Clinical ethics consultation in Europe: a comparative and ethical review of the role of patients. Clinical Ethics, 4, 131-138. [More Information]
  • Davey, A., Newson, A., O’Leary, P. (2011). Communication of Genetic Information within Families: The Case for Familial Comity. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 30(3), 161-166. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Current ethical issues in synthetic biology: where should we go from here? Accountability in Research: policies and quality assurance, 18(3), 181-193. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Ethical aspects arising from non-invasive fetal diagnosis. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 13(2), 103-108. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, A., Chitty, L., Dormandy, E., Newson, A., Deans, Z., Marteau, T. (2011). Informed choice in prenatal testing: a survey among obstetricians and gynaecologists in Europe and Asia. Prenatal diagnosis, 28(13), 1238-1244. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, A., Chitty, L., Dormandy, E., Newson, A., Attwood, S., Ma, R., Masturzo, B., Pajkrt, E., Marteau, T. (2011). Is informed choice in prenatal testing universally valued? A population-based survey in Europe and Asia. BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 116(7), 880-885. [More Information]
  • Ballantyne, A., Newson, A., Luna, F., Ashcroft, R. (2011). Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion for Congenital Abnormalities: Is It Ethical to Provide One Without the Other? The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(8), 48-56. [More Information]
  • Newson, A., Deans, Z. (2011). Should non-invasiveness change informed consent procedures for prenatal diagnosis? Health Care Analysis, 19(2), 122-132. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Should parental refusals of newborn screening be respected? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 15(2), 135-146. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). The role of patients in clinical ethics support: a snapshot of practices and attitudes in the United Kingdom. Clinical Ethics, 4, 139-145. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, A., Chitty, L., Dormandy, E., Newson, A., Deans, Z., Attwood, S., Haynes, S., Marteau, T. (2011). Will the introduction of non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing erode informed choices? An experimental study of health care professionals. Patient Education and Counseling, 78(1), 24-28. [More Information]
  • Duncan, R., Newson, A. (2006). Clinical genetics and the problem with unqualified confidentiality. The American Journal of Bioethics, 6(2), 41-43. [More Information]

2014

  • Savard, J., Mooney-Somers, J., Newson, A., Kerridge, I. (2014). Australians' knowledge and perceptions of direct-to-consumer personal genome testing. Internal Medicine Journal, 44(1), 27-31. [More Information]

2013

  • Hens, K., Dondorp, W., Handyside, A., Harper, J., Newson, A., Pennings, G., Rehmann-Sutter, C., de Wert, G. (2013). Dynamics and ethics of comprehensive preimplantation genetic testing: a review of the challenges. Human reproduction update, 19(4), 366-375. [More Information]
  • Newson, A., Biller-Andorno, N., Ter Meulen, R. (2013). Synthetic biology for human health: issues for ethical discussion and policy-making. Bioethics, 27(8), ii-iii. [More Information]

2012

  • Newson, A. (2012). Clinical Ethics Committee Case 17: a paramedic sustains a bite while attending a callout and the assailant refuses testing for HIV or hepatitis C: what should we do? Clinical Ethics, 7(1), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Deans, Z., Newson, A. (2012). Ethical considerations for choosing between possible models for using NIPD for aneuploidy detection. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38(10), 614-618. [More Information]

2011

  • Savulescu, J., Hemsley, M., Newson, A., Foddy, B. (2011). Behavioural genetics: why eugenic selection is preferable to enhancement. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 23(2), 157-171. [More Information]
  • Newson, A., Leonard, S. (2011). Childhood genetic testing for familial cancer: should adoption make a difference? Familial Cancer, 9(1), 37-42. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Clinical Ethics Committee Case 16: A request from an accident and emergency department - should we give our patient a blood transfusion? Clinical Ethics, 6, 154-158. [More Information]
  • Fournier, V., Rari, E., Forde, R., Neitzke, G., Pegoraro, R., Newson, A. (2011). Clinical ethics consultation in Europe: a comparative and ethical review of the role of patients. Clinical Ethics, 4, 131-138. [More Information]
  • Davey, A., Newson, A., O’Leary, P. (2011). Communication of Genetic Information within Families: The Case for Familial Comity. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 30(3), 161-166. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Current ethical issues in synthetic biology: where should we go from here? Accountability in Research: policies and quality assurance, 18(3), 181-193. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Ethical aspects arising from non-invasive fetal diagnosis. Seminars in Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 13(2), 103-108. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, A., Chitty, L., Dormandy, E., Newson, A., Deans, Z., Marteau, T. (2011). Informed choice in prenatal testing: a survey among obstetricians and gynaecologists in Europe and Asia. Prenatal diagnosis, 28(13), 1238-1244. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, A., Chitty, L., Dormandy, E., Newson, A., Attwood, S., Ma, R., Masturzo, B., Pajkrt, E., Marteau, T. (2011). Is informed choice in prenatal testing universally valued? A population-based survey in Europe and Asia. BJOG: an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology, 116(7), 880-885. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Population screening. In Angus Dawson (Eds.), Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice, (pp. 118-142). Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ballantyne, A., Newson, A., Luna, F., Ashcroft, R. (2011). Prenatal Diagnosis and Abortion for Congenital Abnormalities: Is It Ethical to Provide One Without the Other? The American Journal of Bioethics, 9(8), 48-56. [More Information]
  • Newson, A., Deans, Z. (2011). Should non-invasiveness change informed consent procedures for prenatal diagnosis? Health Care Analysis, 19(2), 122-132. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). Should parental refusals of newborn screening be respected? Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics, 15(2), 135-146. [More Information]
  • Newson, A. (2011). The role of patients in clinical ethics support: a snapshot of practices and attitudes in the United Kingdom. Clinical Ethics, 4, 139-145. [More Information]
  • van den Heuvel, A., Chitty, L., Dormandy, E., Newson, A., Deans, Z., Attwood, S., Haynes, S., Marteau, T. (2011). Will the introduction of non-invasive prenatal diagnostic testing erode informed choices? An experimental study of health care professionals. Patient Education and Counseling, 78(1), 24-28. [More Information]

2010

  • Leonard, S., Newson, A. (2010). Ethical Perspectives. In Clara L Gaff, Carma L Bylund (Eds.), Family Communication about Genetics: Theory and Practice, (pp. 199-214). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

2007

  • Newson, A. (2007). Personhood and Moral Status. In R. E. Ashcroft & A. Dawson & Heather Draper (Eds.), Principles of Health Care Ethics, (pp. 277-283). United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons.

2006

  • Duncan, R., Newson, A. (2006). Clinical genetics and the problem with unqualified confidentiality. The American Journal of Bioethics, 6(2), 41-43. [More Information]

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