Academic Staff

Cross-Appointed Academic Staff

Academic Staff

Professor Warwick Anderson, Deputy Director
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Professorial Research Fellow, Department of History and VELiM

As an historian of biology, medicine and public health, focusing on Australasia, the Pacific, Southeast Asia and the United States, Dr. Anderson is especially interested in ideas about race, human difference, and citizenship in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Occasionally he writes programmatically on postcolonial science studies and, more generally, on science and globalization.

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Associate Professor Stacy Carter
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PhD, MPH (Hons), BAppSci

Stacy is a qualitative methodologist with expertise in grounded theory and a keen interest in the relationship between theory and practice in social science research. I'm writing a book about the latter topic for Sage (London). My substantive work is about the ethics of public health. My current interests include population-level obesity interventions, health promotion, how we manage our health in everyday life, and cancer screening. I use my empirical research on these topics to inform ethical reflection about public health action.

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Dr Christopher Degeling
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BVSc, Grad Dip Sci, PhD

Chris Degeling is interested in human-animal relations and the history and philosophy of biomedicine. He has conducted research on comparative medicine, animal modelling and the history of knowledge translation between orthopaedic surgery and veterinary practice. Chris is a Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and a practicing veterinarian.

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Dr Claire Hooker
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Co-ordinator and Senior Lecturer in Health and Medical Humanities

Claire coordinates a network of scholars and practitioners interested in humanities and arts perspectives on health and medicine. Practitioners and students with new ideas can find support for their work in areas as diverse as narrative medicine, whole patient care, practices of empathy and dignity in health, social justice and art, museums and bodies on display, spaces of healing, elegy and ethics. Claire leads research programs in: patient-doctor communication and interaction; responses to health risks, especially infectious disease risks; risk and ethics in health; arts, health and ethics; the history of health and medicine; and public health ethics.

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Associate Professor Christopher Jordens

Associate Professor in Bioethics, Principal Research Fellow

Chris's research interests span bioethics, sociology of health and illness, and the philosophy of medicine and public health. He has been involved in studies relating to clinical ethics; media reporting of health issues; umbilical cord blood banking; saviour siblings; direct-to-consumer advertising; consent; religion, and HIV prevention research. His research in health and illness focuses on the experience of people diagnosed with cancer, and includes studies relating to colorectal cancer, haematological malignancies, ovarian cancer, cancer in adolescents and young adults, and communication and trust between health experts and lay people. Chris's philosophical interests inform all of his research.

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Associate Professor Ian Kerridge, Director
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Associate Professor in Bioethics
Staff Haematologist/ Bone Marrow Transplant Physician at Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney

Ian's research focuses on the philosophical, moral and socio-cultural concepts and issues that underpin health, health policy and biomedicine and explores such topics as public health, stem cells, end-of-life care, the experience of illness and survival, synthetic genomics, organ transplantation, cord blood and tissue donation, research, drug policy and the pharmaceutical industry. Ian has authored 5 textbooks of bioethics and philosophy, 19 book chapters on ethics, research ethics and infectious diseases and over 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals on ethics, medical philosophy and haematology. He is a regular guest speaker at the ABC and occasionally writes for The Conversation.

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Dr Wendy Lipworth
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Senior Research Fellow, NHMRC Career Development Fellow

Wendy is a medically trained bioethicist and qualitative social researcher, supported by a NH&MRC Career Development Fellowship. Her program of research focuses on the ethics of biomedical innovation, with a particular focus on the ethics of drug development, regulation, funding and prescribing; the ethics of biobanking and the ethics of biomedical publication. Methodologically, Wendy's work is best described as empirical bioethics in which empirical research is used in conjunction with theoretical analysis to address real-world problems. Wendy is particularly interested in issues to do with the ethics of social institutions, such as conflict of interest, corruption and transparency.

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Emeritus Professor Miles Little, Founder

Emeritus Professor Little's interests include Medical Sociology and Biomedical Ethics.

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Dr Julie Mooney-Somers
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Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Health Research

Julie‘s area of interest is health services research into stigmatized conditions and marginalised populations. Her research in this area is primarily concerned with the prevention and management of infectious diseases related to sexual practice and drug use (i.e. STI, BBV), with a particular focus on young people and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Julie is a Board Member of ACON Health (New South Wales’ leading health promotion organisation specialising in HIV and LGBTI), and in partnership with ACON, runs the biennial Sydney Women and Sexual Health (SWASH) survey. Julie specialises in qualitative, participatory and creative methods, and is the Directory of the Sydney Qualitative Health Research postgraduate coursework program.

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Dr Ainsley Newson
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Senior Lecturer in Bioethics

Ainsley works in the area of theoretical bioethics. Her research interests include ethical aspects of clinical and reproductive decision-making in genetics (especially prenatal diagnosis and family communication), genetics and public health, mechanisms of clinical ethics support and ethical issues in emerging technologies such as synthetic biology. She has degree qualifications in science, law and bioethics and adopts an interdisciplinary, practically-oriented approach to her work. Ainsley combines her research with teaching, including leading the Sydney Bioethics Program. Ainsley is also active in public engagement and media work on bioethics-related issues.

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Clinical Associate Professor Michael Robertson


Michael is a Clinical Associate Professor in psychiatric ethics and a Senior Staff Specialist in Psychiatry at the Concord Centre for Mental Health. His clinical work has focused upon psychological trauma and chronic, disabling mental illness. His research activity has examined areas including empirical ethics in mental health care, involuntary psychiatric treatment, meta-ethical aspects of the social and professional context of psychiatry, mental health in popular culture, human rights abuses by psychiatrists in the Third Reich and social justice in relation to mental health. He is the coordinator of BETH 5205 (Ethics and Mental Health) Unit of Study in the Sydney Bioethics Program and teaches in the Sydney Medical Program and the Health & Medical Humanities Program.

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Cross-Appointed Academic Staff

Dr Lilon Bandler
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Dr Bandler has broad teaching experience, across the spectrum of undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, and has a special interest in teaching communication skills. As Senior Lecturer in the Indigenous Health Education Unit (University of Sydney), she is responsible for the development, integration and implementation of a comprehensive Indigenous health curriculum for the Sydney Medical Program, as well as providing personal and academic support to Indigenous medical students.
Dr Bandler has worked in general practice for 20 years, and continues to provide women’s health clinic services for the Royal Flying Doctor Rural Women’s GP Service.

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Dr Hudson Birden
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Hudson is Senior Lecturer, Population Health and Clinical Leadership, with the University Centre for Rural Health, North Coast (UCRH), and the School of Public Health, University of Sydney. His research interests include infectious diseases epidemiology, professionalism in medicine, and the impact of infectious diseases on the course of history. He holds a BS in Biology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, an MPH from the University of Texas, School of Public Health, and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine, Discipline of General Practice, University of Sydney.

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Professor Lyn Gilbert
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Professor David Isaacs
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Associate Professor Henry Kilham
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Paul Lancaster

Honorary Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Menzies Centre for Health Policy

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Associate Professor Julie Leask
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Julie Leask is a social scientist and Associate Professor at the School of Public Health and is affiliated with the National Centre for Immunisation Research & Surveillance. Julie leads a program of research on public and professionals’ beliefs, attitudes and practices regarding immunisation and infectious diseases. She has a particular interest in health communication, policy and the ethical issues raised by immunisation. She co-ordinates the Health and Risk Communication elective with Dr Claire Hooker (VELIM) and Professor Phyllis Butow (Psychology). In the Sydney Medical School, Julie is currently sub-dean for early career researchers in public health.

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Dr Christopher Ryan
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Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, Senior Clinical Lecturer
Westmead Hospital, University of Sydney

Primarily a working psychiatrist, Chris’ research interests have covered areas such as mental health legislation, human rights, advance directives, physician-assisted dying and euthanasia, delirium, body integrity identity disorder, deliberate self-harm, risk categorisation and patient-therapist sexual contact. Chris has published over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and another 60 letters, book chapters and non-peer reviewed papers. He is frequently called upon to present expert evidence, to advise government or to provide comment in the media.

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Professor Cameron Stewart
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Professor Garry Walter AM
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MB BS, BMedSc, PhD, FRANZCP, Cert Child Psych

Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Sydney
Clinical Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Northern Sydney Local Health District
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Garry is a child and adolescent psychiatrist. His work in the ethics field has encompassed studies of the Holocaust and other genocides, severe trauma, publishing ethics, use and abuse of media, electroconvulsive therapy in young people, and ethical processes that inform decision-making in clinical and professional practice. Garry has published over 350 papers, book chapters and books. Formerly long-standing Editor of Australasian Psychiatry, he is International Editor-at-Large of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In 2012, Garry was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to medicine.

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Professor Merrilyn Walton
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Professor of Medical Education (Patient Safety)
School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Merrilyn, an internationally leading patient-safety academic, has assisted hospitals and universities in Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Timor Leste and China to build capacity in patient safety and curriculum development. She was Associated Dean International (2012-14) and is a statutory member of the National Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA). Prior to her academic role Merrilyn was the first Health Care Complaints Commissioner in NSW (1993-2000). Her current grants include developing a death certification system for hospitals in Vietnam; investigating the experience of patients who have experienced an adverse event in hospitals; and examining how hospitals implement health commission recommendations.

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