Sydney Health Ethics (previously 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. 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. Sydney Health Ethics 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. Sydney Health Ethics website

Recent Submissions

  • Balancing Bioethics by Sensing the Aesthetic 

    Macneill, Paul
    Published 2017
    This paper is critical of ‘bioethics’ as it is widely understood and taught, noting in particular an emphasis given to philosophical justification, reason and rationality. It is proposed that ‘balancing’ bioethics be ...
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  • An ethical critique of person-centred healthcare 

    Arnold, M; Kerridge, I; Lipworth, W
    Published 2020
    This paper explores the counterfactual aspects of Person-Centred Healthcare (PCH). PCH as promoted appears to have self-evident value as an expression of humanism in medical care, but this can be deceptive. Despite its ...
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  • Lead Essay: Conflicts of interest: opening up new territories 

    Wiersma, Miriam; Lipworth, W; Komesaroff, Paul; Kerridge, I
    Published 2020
    Over the last few decades, awareness of the importance of managing conflicts of interest among health-related policymaking, professional, research, and clinical institutions has greatly increased. The visibility of the ...
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    Conference paper
  • A framework for ethics review of applications to store, reuse and share tissue samples 

    Then, Shih-Ning; Lipworth, W; Stewart, Cameron; Kerridge, I
    Published 2021
    The practice of biobank networking—where biobanks are linked together, and researchers share human tissue samples—is an increasingly common practice both domestically and internationally. The benefits from networking in ...
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  • Beyond duty: Medical “heroes” and the Covid-19 pandemic 

    Lipworth, W
    Published 2020
    When infectious disease outbreaks strike, health facilities acquire labels such as “war zones” and “battlefields” and healthcare professionals become “heroes” on the “front line.” But unlike soldiers, healthcare professionals ...
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