Bioethics & Healthcare Ethics (BHE)

Within the field of Applied and Professional Ethics, the IES has dedicated research expertise in Bioethics, Medical Ethics and Ethics Education in healthcare contexts. Our research excellence in these fields is central to the work of Notre Dame as a Catholic University that trains students for the medical and nursing professions.

Institute researchers are presently investigators on a number of grants and have worked with industry partners in the healthcare sector on research projects and consultancy reports. The Institute has an ongoing partnership with St Vincent’s Health Network Australia, collaborating with hospital staff on multiple projects over a number of years.

In recent years, BHE has led projects in the field of bioethics, including the ethical issues at the beginning and end of life, genomics, and conscientious objection in healthcare.

IES researchers have been published in leading journals such as The Medical Journal of Australia, Palliative Medicine, The Journal of Medical Ethics and The Journal of Religion and Health.

BHE also has an active research interests in the ethics of palliative care and in the intersections between spirituality and health, which traverses the fields of ethics and the philosophy of medicine. BHE researchers are working on topics including existential distress at the end of life, suffering and meaning, spiritual care, and how best to meet the pastoral care needs of patients at all stages of illness.

Convener

Researchers

  • Professor Sandy Lynch
    Professor of Moral Philosophy
  • Dr Megan Best
    Senior Lecturer/Research Associate
  • A/Prof Clare O’Callaghan
    Associate Professor/Research Associate
  • Dr Kirsty Beilharz
    Lecturer/Research Associate

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
  • Prof. Keith McNaught
    WA Regional Director Mission Integration WA, St John of God Health Care
  • Dr Daniel Fleming
    Group Manager, Ethics & Formation, St Vincent’s Health Australia
  • Rev. Darryl Mackie
    Mission Manager, St Vincent’s Private Hospital

Contact

Email: xavier.symons@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