Clinical Ethics, Health Law and Critical Bioethics

Clinical Ethics, Health Law and Critical Bioethics consists of six research streams:


End-of-Life Decision Making

Clinical Ethics in Practice

Assisted Reproductive Technologies

Sexuality and Intimacy

Critical Bioethics

Program Director

A/Prof Ian Kerridge

Sydney Researchers

Dr Jennifer Flemming
Dr Evan Doran
Prof David Isaacs
Dr Rob Loblay
Dr Chris Ryan
A/Prof Cameron Stewart

Research Grants

Researchers Title Grant Type
Young J, Butow P, Solomon M Salkeld G, White K Improving the Patient Journey: Randomized Controlled Trial of Centralized ‘Remote Access’ Cancer Care Co-ordination (CRACCC) to Improve Processes and Outcomes of Care Cancer Institute NSW Health Service Research Grant $1,402,189 over 3 years



Kerridge I, Lowe M & Stewart C. Ethics and Law for the Health Professions 3rd ed., Australia: Federation Press, 2009.

Stewart, C, Kerridge I & Parker M. The Australian Medico-Legal Handbook, Australia: Elsevier, 2008.

Book Chapters

Stewart, C. ‘Allied Health Professions, Professionalism, Ethics and Law’, in Rosemary Kennedy (ed.), Allied Health Professionals and the Law, pp. 24-39. Federation Press: Australia, 2008.

Stewart, C.‘Reporting Your Own and Others’ Conduct’, in Rosemary Kennedy (ed.), Allied Health Professionals and the Law, pp. 176-193. Federation Press: Australia, 2008.

Stewart, C. ‘The Paradox of Legal Systems: Medical Ethics and Law's Quest to Make Itself Redundant’, in Jordens C, Kerridge I & Selgelid, M (eds), Policing Virtue? Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Seminar of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine; 2004 May 28; Sydney, Australia, pp. 67-77. VELiM: Sydney, 2004.

Journal Articles

Chapman S. Should the spectacle of surgery be sold to the highest bidder? BMJ. 2011; 342:d237 doi: 10.1136/bmj.d237 (Published 26 January 2011)

Forsyth R, Scanlan C, Carter SM, Jordens CFC & Kerridge IH. Decision making in a crowded room: patients reconciling complex roles in deciding to undergo allogeneic stem cell transplantation. Qualitative Health Research. 2011; 21: 1160-72. From NHMRC 457439.

Inam S, Lipworth W, Kerridge I, Day R. 2011. Rethinking the discordance between guidelines and practice in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: a failure of practice or failure of evidence? Medical Journal of Australia. In press. Accepted 11/4/2011.

Milder T, Lipworth W, Williams K, Ritchie J, Day R. "It looks after me”: how older patients make decisions about analgesics for osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care and Research. In press. Accepted 20/5/2011.

Milder T, Williams K, Ritchie J, Lipworth W, Day R. Use of NSAIDs for osteoarthritis amongst older-aged primary care patients: Engagement with information and perceptions of risk. Age & Ageing. 2011; 40: 254–59.

Entwistle VA, Carter SM, Cribb A, McCaffery K. Supporting patient autonomy: the importance of clinician-patient relationships. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2010; 25(7): 741-45.

Irving MJ, Tong A, Rychetnik L, Walker RG, Frommer MS, Craig JC. Nephrologists' perspectives on the effect of guidelines on clinical practice: a semi-structured interview study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 2010; 55(2): 241-49.

Masya L. Young J, Solomon, Salkeld G. Preferences for outcomes of treatment for rectal cancer: patient and clinician utilities and their application in an interactive computer-based decision aid. Disease of the Colon and Rectum. 2009; 52: 1994-2003.

Ryan C J. Out on a limb: the ethical management of body integrity identity disorder. Neuroethics. 2009; 2(1): 21-33.
Ryan C J. Amputating healthy limbs. Issues. 2009; 86: 31-33.

Waters D, Crisp J, Rychetnik L, Barratt A. The Australian experience of nurses' preparedness for evidence-based practice. Journal of Nursing Management. 2009; 17(4): 510-18.

Waters D, Rychetnik L, Crisp J, Barratt A. Views on evidence from nursing and midwifery opinion leaders. Nurse Education Today. 2009; 8: 829-34.

Harrison JD, Solomon MJ, Young J, Meagher A, Butow P, Salkeld G, Hruby G and Clarke S. Patient and physician preferences for surgical and adjuvant treatment options for rectal cancer. Archives of Surgery. 2008; 143: 389-94.

Young J, Solomon MJ, Harrison J, Salkeld G, Butow P. Measuring patient preference and surgeon choice. Surgery. 2008;143: 582-88.

Little M, Jordens CFC, McGrath C, Montgomery K, Kerridge I and Carter SM. Pragmatic pluralism: Mutual tolerance of contested understandings between orthodox and alternative practitioners in autologous stem cell transplantation. Social Science & Medicine. 2007; 64(7): 1512-23.

Robertson M, Ryan C J, & Walter, G. 2007. Overview of psychiatric ethics III: principles-based ethics. Australasian Psychiatry. 2007; 15(4): 281-86.

Robertson M, Ryan C J, & Walter, G. 2007. Overview of psychiatric ethics IV: the method of casuistry. Australasian Psychiatry. 2007; 15(4): 287-91.

Butow P, Solomon MJ, Young JM, Whelan T, Salkeld G, Wilson K, Harrison JD, et al. Consumer impact of an interactive decision aid for rectal cancer patients offered adjuvant therapy. Colorectal Disease. 2006; 8: 676-82.

Jordens C, Little M, Kerridge I, McPhee J. From Advance directives to advance care planning: current legal status, ethical rationales and a new research agenda. Internal Medicine Journal. 2005; 35(9): 563-67.

Salkeld G, Solomon M, Butow P and Short L. Patient preferences for the surgical management of colorectal cancer: discrete choice experiment. British Journal of Surgery. 2005; 92: 742-47.

Salkeld G, Solomon M, Short L and Butow P. A matter of trust- patient’s views on decision making in colorectal cancer. Health Expectations. 2004; 7: 104-14.

Solomon M, Pager C, Keshava A, Findlay M, Butow P, Salkeld G and Roberts R. What do patients want? Patient preferences and surrogate decision-making in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Diseases of the Colon and Rectum. 2003; 46: 1351-57.

Salkeld G and Solomon M. An economics perspective on evidence based patient choice in surgery. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery. 2003; 73: 427-30.

Little M. “The fivefold root of an ethics of surgery. Bioethics. 2002; 16(3): 183-201.

Little M. Invited commentary: Is there a distinctively surgical ethics? Surgery. 2001; 129(6): 668-71.

Gillam L. and Little M. Confidentiality. Medical Journal of Australia. 2001; 174(6): 296-97.

Bridges J, Hanson R, Little M, Choy Flannigan A, Fairley M and Haywood L. Ethical relationships in paediatric emergency medicine: Moving beyond the dyad. Emergency Medicine. 2001; 13(3): 344-50.

Little M. Ethics in surgical practice. British Journal of Surgery. 2001; 88: 1-2.

Little M. Understanding medical ethics. Central African Journal of Medicine. 2000; 46(3): 69-76.

Little M. Euthanasia – crossing the Rubicon or at the cross-roads? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Medicine. 1998; 28: 55-56.

Ryan C J. Sex, lies and training programs: the ethics of consensensual sexual relationships between psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists. [[i||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 1998; 32(3): 387-91.

Ryan C J & Anderson J. Sleeping with the past: the ethics of post-termination patient-therapist sexual contact. [[i||Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 1996; 30: 171-77.

Ryan C J, De Moore G & Patfield M. 1995. Becoming none but tradesmen: Lies, deception and psychotic patients. Journal of Medical Ethics. 1998; 21: 72-76.