Higher Degree Research Students

PhD group photo

Some of our HDR-students (left to right): Liz van Ekert, Andrea Smith, Kristen Pickles, Siun Gallagher, Jonnie Kennedy, Jane Williams, Lisa Parker

Our PhD and MPhil students are listed alphabetically by surname:


Enrolled Degree

Thesis Title/Topic




Placebo and nocebo in medicine and medical education 

Ian Kerridge, Cameron Stewart



Values in ENRICH, an arts-based clinical education program

Claire Hooker



The Epistemology and Ethics of Intersex in Medicine and Law

Chris Jordens, Ainsley Newson

Michelle DE’SOUSA


Pre-implantation Genetic Testing: A Comparative Analysis of the Regulatory Systems of Three Countries

Cameron Stewart,  Ian Kerridge



Exploring the implications of the ‘consumerist’ model of healthcare, the value of autonomy and shared decision making in the context of developments in personal genomics

Ainsley Newson, Angus Dawson

Gemma DYER


The experience of survival following bone marrow transplantation in Australia

Ian Kerridge, Christopher Ward



Help Us, Help Them. How Australian Parents Understood the Problem of Mental Retardation, and What They Did About It, 1945-1970

Warwick Anderson (associate supervisor)



Human Rights, Dual Loyalties and the Ethics: Healthcare Workers in Australian Immigration Detention

Chris Jordens



Valuing for Others: The Role of the Value Proxy in Substituted Decision Making

Chris Ryan, Sascha Callaghan and John McMillan (Otago, NZ)



Coping with a competitive health system: learning experiences and tips for clinician lobbyists

Claire Hooker, David Isaacs



Consumer influences on the pharmaceutical research agenda

Rick Day, Ian Kerridge



Is prevention of healthcare-associated infection doctors’ business? Ethics and politics of hospital infection control

Ian Kerridge, Julie Mooney-Somers



A Natural History of Smoking Among a Cohort of Disadvantaged Young People Aged 14 to 24

Simon Chapman, Stacy Carter

Stephanie JOHNSON


A Philosophical Critique of Advance Care Planning in Cancer Care

Phyllis Butow, Martin Tattersall, Ian Kerridge



Data Sharing, Consent and Altruism in Australian Genomics Research

Ainsley Newson, Wendy Lipworth

Samantha KILMORE


Made to Measure: Commercial Applications of Anthropometry in America and Australia, 1890 - 1960

Warwick Anderson

Jan LEWIS PhD The Emergence of Personalised Medicine: Disruption and Transformation Ian Kerridge, Wendy Lipworth
Larissa LEWIS PhD Social Media and Adolescent Development Rachel Skinner, Julie Mooney-Somers
Pamela MADDOCK PhD John J. Pershing and American Approaches to Venereal Disease Warwick Anderson
Bronwen MORRELL PhD Animal Cures? A Critical Examination of the Use of Animal Parts and Products in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines Ian Kerridge, Wendy Lipworth, Rob Irvine, Chris Degeling
Jessica PACE PhD The Ethics and Politics of Accelerated Access to Medicines, Including Coverage with Evidence Development Wendy Lipworth, Ian Kerridge, Sallie Pearson 

Suzanne PLATER

see 'In the Spotlight below

PhD Are we serious yet? Improving Higher Education Access, Participation and Outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Adults from Welfare-Embedded Populations Julie Monney-Somers, Jo Lander
Jindalae SKERMAN PhD Reclaiming Childbirth: Choice, Control and Coercion in Australian Materinity Care Ainsley Newson, Cameron Stewart
Amelia SMIT PhD How Should Genomics be Incorporated into Australian Healthcare to Improve Cancer Prevention and Screening in the Population? Anne Cust, Ainsley Newson, Megan Best
Andrea SMITH PhD Quitting Smoking Without Assistance Stacy Carter, Simon Chapman
Kathryn TICEHURST PhD  Anthropology in 'Mixed Race' Aboriginal Communities in Australia, 1940-1965 Warwick Anderson
Cheryl TRAVERS PhD Front-line Responders and Animal Owners During Civil Emergencies: Assigning Responsibility and Accomodating Vulnerability in Managing Animals in Natural Disasters Chris Degeling, Melanie Rock
Jane WILLIAMS PhD Evaluating Cervical Cancer Screening: Context, Evidence, Values and Ethics Stacy Carter, Lucie Rychetnik, Alex Barratt
Miriam Wiersma  MPhil The Allure of Biomedical Innovation: What are the Social and Psychological Motivators for Doctors' use of Innovative Treatments? Wendy Lipworth, Ian Kerridge
In the spotlight: Suzanne Plater
Suzanne Plater headshot

Suzanne Plater, 4th-year PhD Candidate

Before becoming the academic coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion at the Sydney School of Public Health, Suzanne worked in remote Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the Deadly Ears Health Promotion Coordinator. Working with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taught Suzanne about their remarkable strengths and capabilities, and their determination to progress as individuals and to develop their families and communities. She also witnessed how they were often overlooked by governments, institutions and agencies in favour of their younger urban-based counterparts.
Suzanne decided to devote her PhD, which she commenced in 2013, to exploring what a university education means to mature-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people primarily from remote communities. She travelled more than 16,000 kms by road to collect data using Grounded Theory with an ethnographic element. In June 2016, she will retrace her journey and, with the help of her remote study participants, construct conceptual categories and commence building a theory. Suzanne has presented her work at various forums and written two papers from her PhD (one under review, one available as fulltext here). She is also co-authoring the book chapter, ‘Decolonising Grounded Theory’ with A/Prof Stacy Carter for a new edition of The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory. Suzanne’s academic profile and contact details.

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