Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine


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.

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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).

Latest News & Events

31 Oct 2016: Symposium: Conflicts of Interest in Healthcare

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This symposium brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scholars to explore the ethical and policy implications of financial and non-financial conflicts of interest in medicine and public health. Four sessions will address conceptual and practical implications of conflicts of interest from clinical, policy, scientific and academic perspectives.

Organisers: VELiM, CAVE (Macquarie University), and the Bias and Research Integrity group (University of Sydney)
Venue: Medical Foundation Building, Camperdown NSW 2050
Date: 31 October 2016, 1-5pm
Attendance is free but registration required via Eventbrite. For more information download the event flier.

7 Nov 2016: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

The film: "The Interrogation"; more information on the film including trailer and tickets
Panelists: A/Prof Michael Robertson (Panel Chair), psychiatrist and academic, VELiM, and Visiting Professorial Fellow, Sydney Jewish Museum; Prof Angus Dawson, VELIM Director, and Dr Avril Alba, Lecturer in Holocaust Studies and Jewish Civilisation, Department of Hebrew, Biblical and Jewish Studies, University of Sydney, and Sydney Jewish Museum. More information on the panel discussion

Organisers: VELiM in association with the 2016 Jewish International Film Festival, Sydney
Venue and date: Event Cinemas, Bondi Junction, NSW, 7 Nov 2016, starting at 6.45pm
Tickets available at the JIFF Website.

Latest Publications

(VELiM authors in bold)

Thomas, R., Sims, R., Degeling, C., Street, J. M., Carter, S. M., Rychetnik, L., Whitty, J. A., Wilson, A., Ward, P. and Glasziou, P. (2016), CJCheck Stage 1: development and testing of a checklist for reporting community juries – Delphi process and analysis of studies published in 1996–2015. Health Expectations; doi:10.1111/hex.12493.


Image: ABC Central West: Melanie Pearce

Williams J, Mayes C, Lipworth W. 2016. Students face deep conflict in reporting harassment. BMJ (letter); 354:i5018; doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i5018 (Published 26 September 2016)

Scott KM, Berlec Š, Nash L, Hooker C, Dwyer P, Macneill P, River J, Ivory K, Grace Under Pressure: a drama-based approach to tackling mistreatment of medical students, Med Humanities. Published Online: October 8, 2016, doi: 10.1136/medhum- 2016-011031

Mason, P., Lipworth W., Kerridge I., More Than One Way To Be Global: Globalisation of Research and the Contest of Ideas, AJOB, Aug 2016:16 (10) 48-49 (Open peer commentary), Published online: 21 Sep 2016

Fleming J., Otlowski M., Stewart C., Critchley C., Kerridge I. Disclosure of Individual Research Results and Incidental Findings in Biobank Research: Why We need an Evidence-based Approach, Journal of Law and Medicine, 2016 24(1): 89-95

Lipworth, W., Mayes, C., Kerridge, I., Health professionals as vendors: the commercial erosion of evidence and ethics, Croakey, 12 September 2016

Hooker C, Degeling C, Mason P. Dying a natural death: Ethics and political activism for endemic infectious disease. In: Endemic: Essays in Contagion Theory. Lorenzo Servitje and Kari Nixon (eds). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2 Sept 2016.


Human Genome Project Failure (FTF Films), FAIR USE (U.S. Copyright Act 1976)

Newson, A. J., S. J. Leonard, A. Hall and C. L. Gaff (2016). Known unknowns: building an ethics of uncertainty into genomic medicine. BMC Medical Genomics 9(1): 1-8. Published online 1 Sept 2016.

Berger I. & Mooney-Somers, J. Smoking Cessation Programs for LGBTI People: A Content-Based Systematic Review. Nicotine and Tobacco Research. doi: 10.1093/ntr/ntw216. Published online 31/8/16.

Wortley, S., J. Street, W. Lipworth, K. Howard, H. Dickinson and S. Robinson (2016). What factors determine the choice of public engagement undertaken by health technology assessment decision-making organizations? Journal of Health Organization and Management 30(6).

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