Sydney Health Ethics (SHE)


The Sydney Health Ethics (SHE) 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.

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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.

VELiM 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).

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.


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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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