Sydney Health Ethics

Sydney Health Ethics (previously known as the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine - VELiM) is a research and teaching centre within the School of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney.

Since our establishment in 1995, we have become one of the largest bioethics centres in Australia and internationally.

Sydney Health Ethics Team

Our team includes academics, research fellows and research students working on a wide range of ethical issues. These include public health ethics, clinical ethics, research ethics, animal ethics, the ethics of biotechnology including genetic technology and genomics, and the ethics of drug policy and development.

Sydney Health Ethics also has a long history of conducting empirical social science research, often informed by and informing ethical questions. We have a thriving program of empirical and theoretical research funded by the NHMRC, ARC and other sources.

We teach two postgraduate coursework programs, Qualitative Health Research (until 2015) and Bioethics (ongoing).

March 2018: “registered, persecuted, annihilated: The sick and disabled under National Socialism” - exhibition and events

The exhibition “registered, persecuted, annihilated: The sick and disabled under National Socialism” will be on display at the Sydney Jewish Museum 9–25 March, 2018. The exhibition is hosted by the Sydney Jewish Museum in partnership with Sydney Health Ethics. An exciting program of public events is being held during the exhibition and the visits of official guests, Professor Frank Schneider and Dr Astrid Ley, including activities in partnership with ACON, the Mental Health Commission of NSW, Sydney Ideas, and Sydney's Dept of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies and the Masters of Museums and Heritage program. Find more information here.

A/Prof Ainsley Newson in the Media

A/Prof Ainsley Newson on ABC TV

On 22 November 2016, A/Prof Ainsley Newson appeared on ABC TV’s Lateline program to discuss the ethics of testing for Down syndrome. Click on the image above to access the video and transcript.

Wiser Healthcare logo

Funded by NHMRC, a group of collaborating researchers from the University of Sydney, Bond University, Monash University and international colleagues launched Wiser Healthcare, a collaboration which aims to conduct research that will reduce overdiagnosis and overtreatment in Australia and around the world.
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