Bioethics & Healthcare Ethics

The Bioethics and Healthcare Ethics research focus area is central to the work of Notre Dame as a Catholic University training students for the medical and nursing professions. The Catholic bioethical tradition is valued for the decision-making framework it provides for practitioners, patients, families and the community in the complex contexts in which healthcare is practiced.

This research focus area has three streams:

  • Spirituality and Health Research (with Notre Dame School of Medicine, Sydney, and St Vincent’s Health Network);
  • Palliative Care (with the Palliative Care Research Department at the Cabrini Institute, Melbourne);
  • Bioethics

People

Convener

IES Researchers

  • Xavier Symons (Research Associate/Associate Lecturer, Institute for Ethics & Society)
  • Dr Megan Best (Research Associate/ Senior Lecturer, Institute for Ethics & Society)
  • Dr Clare O'Callaghan (Research Associate/ Senior Lecturer, Institute for Ethics & Society)

IES Affiliates

  • Professor Margaret Somerville (Professor of Bioethics, School of Medicine, Sydney)
  • Associate Professor Natasha Michael (Discipline Lead, Palliative Care, School of Medicine, Sydney)

IES Adjuncts

  • The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney (Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics, Institute for Ethics & Society and School of Philosophy and Theology, Sydney)
  • Associate Professor Ray Campbell

Contact

Email: sandra.lynch@nd.edu.au

  • Publications

    Journal Articles

    This is The right to know versus the right to privacy: donor anonymity and the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Act 2016 (Victoria)

    Symons, X. (2017)
    ‘The right to know versus the right to privacy: donor anonymity and the Assisted Reproductive Treatment Amendment Act 2016 (Vic)’,
    The Medical Journal of Australia
    https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2017/207/9

    This is “Bioethics: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Euthanasia”

    Symons, X. (2016)
    "Suffering, Euthanasia and Professional Expertise"
    Solidarity: The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Secular Ethics: Vol. 6 : Issue 1 , Article 5

    This is Does the doctrine of double effect apply to the prescription of barbiturates? Syme vs the Medical Board of Australia

    Symons, X. (2017)
    ‘Does the doctrine of double effect apply to the prescription of barbiturates? Syme vs the Medical Board of Australia’,
    The Journal of Medical Ethics, 1-4. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2017-104230
    web link

    This is Two conceptions of conscience and the problem of conscientious objection

    Symons, X.
    ‘Two conceptions of conscience and the problem of conscientious objection’.
    J Med Ethics
    Published Online First: September 9, 2016. doi:10.1136/medethics-2016-103702.
    J Med Ethics 2016;0:1–3. doi:10.1136/medethics-2016-103702.http://jme.bmj.com/content/43/4,/a>

    This is Family balancing – or vanity parenting?

    Best, M. (2017)
    Family balancing – or vanity parenting?
    CASE Quarterly 47.
    www.case.edu.au/collections/case-quarterly/products/case-quarterly-47-representation

    This is Book review: Practicing Medicine and Ethics: Integrating Wisdom, Conscience, and Goals of Care.

    Best, M. (2017)
    Book review: Practicing Medicine and Ethics: Integrating Wisdom, Conscience, and Goals of Care.
    Ethics & Medicine: 33(2):121-2.
    www.amazon.com/Practicing-Medicine-Ethics-Integrating-Conscience/dp/1107012163