Sydney Health Ethics conducts research and teaching in bioethics and health-related social science using multidisciplinary methods. Our mission is to achieve a positive social impact by engaging in academic and public conversations about the ethics of health and wellbeing.
We produce rigorous, critical and engaged ethics and social research, teach bioethics and qualitative research methods and work with communities locally, nationally and internationally to understand and address real-world issues.
Our research spans a range of areas and disciplines, including:
Our innovative and interdisciplinary postgraduate program in bioethics will help you develop the critical skills you need to analyse ethical issues in medicine, life sciences and health.
Students consider questions like: What is bioethics and why is it important? Why is public health a moral enterprise? How should the law respond to ethical issues in health? What is ‘medicalisation’? What makes research ‘ethical’? How do we make medicines safe, effective and accessible? What are the limits of autonomy and consent? What do we owe non-human animals? Why might art transform health and healthcare?
Courses are offered in a variety of formats to suit students with competing time demands.
For further information please contact Dr Claire Hooker, Program Director firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provide support and training to our students, giving them the opportunity to participate in weekly seminars and monthly team meetings, contribute to our teaching programs in their areas of expertise, and self-organise peer support and skill-building activities.
Expressions of Interest
If you are interested in becoming a research student at Sydney Health Ethics, you will need to submit an expression of interest. If successful, we will support you to apply to the University of Sydney for an official HDR place.
Before you submit an expression of interest:
You will need:
To submit your expression of interest, email Mr Jay Lee at email@example.com.
You can submit an expression of interest at any time. However, please ensure that you submit at least one month ahead of the relevant University application date.
Please note: Sydney Health Ethics does not have the authority to offer an official place in a Higher Degree Research (HDR) program. This authority rests with the University of Sydney. An expression of interest is only the beginning of the process of entering a HDR program with Sydney Health Ethics.
For further information on study options and how to apply for a research degree visit the postgraduate research page.
Sydney Health Ethics offer short courses through the Sydney School of Public Health in bioethics and qualitative research methods.
Our short courses will appeal to:
Learn more or register for our upcoming short courses.
Open to all University of Sydney students.
From community singing to analysing cli-fi, from narratives of autism in modern fiction, to making art with artists with disability, intersections between the humanities, arts and health are growing. The Harold and Gwenneth Harris Endowment for Medical Humanities, known as The Harris Foundation, is currently offering up to 8 small grants to fund student projects in these areas. Funding will be provided for any project where the creative arts intersect with health and/or the humanities. For some project ideas see the application package (docx, 109 KB), section Project Examples.
The grant is open to all students at the University of Sydney, in any Faculty, and at either Undergraduate or Postgraduate level. Grant holders will be known as the ‘Harris Awardee’. Applications from groups of students who would like to collaborate on a project are encouraged. Previous applicants and awardees are encouraged to re-apply.
The Growing Up with Cancer project used research and creative practice to understand the experience of having cancer during adolescence and young adulthood.
Funded by the Australian Research Council, it brought together researchers, artists, advocates and clinicians at the Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer.
The project used mixed methods research to examine the nature and impact of cancer illness and treatment on the experience of growing up through adolescence and young adulthood.