Sydney Health Ethics Directors

Professor Angus Dawson - Director

Angus's background is in philosophy, but he has specialised in teaching ethics to health care professionals and medical students for over fifteen years. His main research interests are in public health ethics, research ethics and the relationship between empirical evidence and moral arguments. Angus was joint founder and is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Public Health Ethics. He has been involved in ethics and policy work for the World Health Organization, the UK Department of Health, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Médecins Sans Frontières and the GAVI Alliance. Angus has been editor or co-editor of five collections of original papers mainly on topics in public health ethics, including Ethics, Prevention, and Public Health (2007) and Dawson A. (ed.), Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice (2011).

Associate Professor Christopher Jordens - Deputy Director

Chris has degrees in philosophy and public health. He completed a PhD in 2002 concerning the discourse of cancer medicine. He has been a chief investigator on large research projects relating to cancer, clinical ethics, health journalism and advertising, and umbilical cord blood banking. He was clinical research fellow in an NHMRC Centre of Clinical Research Excellence into bioethics and haematological malignancies (2005-2009), and was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (2004-2007). He helped to establish the Sydney Bioethics program and since 2006 has taught courses on the philosophy and sociology of medicine. He has supervised PhDs concerning kids with cancer, bone marrow transplantation, HIV prevention, health care in prisons and immigration detention, saviour siblings, and intersex conditions. He recently completed a stint as Postgraduate Coordinator (Research) in the School of Public Health. All of Chris’s work is informed by enduring obsessions with philosophy, politics and language.

Associate Professor Ainsley Newson - Deputy Director

Ainsley has degrees in science, law and bioethics. She has worked continuously in bioethics since 2003 and has held positions at Imperial College London (2003-6), the University of Bristol (2006-12) and the University of Sydney (2013-). She became Deputy Director of Sydney Health Ethics in February 2018. Ainsley’s research focuses on ethical aspects of genetics, genomics, reproductive technologies and other emerging biotechnologies. She has published widely in both bioethics and medical journals and is an Associate Editor with BMC Medical Ethics. In addition to her research and teaching, Ainsley is active in policy and committee work regarding ethical issues in genetics and health care more generally, including being co-chair of the Education, Ethics and Social Issues Committee of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia and membership of the NSW Clinical Ethics Advisory Panel. Ainsley is a co-investigator in the Australian Genomics Health Alliance, where she is Ethics Lead.