2021 Organising Committee


Professor Anne-Maree Kelly


Professor Anne-Maree Kelly is a senior emergency physician and research academic at Western Health, The University of Melbourne. She is also an adjunct professor at the Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology.  Her interest in patient autonomy, patient safety and clinical decision-making in ED, led her to explore the interface between ethics, law and medicine. Her health law/ethics research interests include patient consent to use of medical records for research, balancing duty of care and trespass to person for ED patients exhibiting violence/aggression and outcome of involuntary detainment and transfer to ED under Mental Health Act powers. 

Mark Taylor


Mark Taylor, PhD is an Associate Professor in Health Law and Regulation at Melbourne Law School and Deputy Director of the research group HeLEX. His research is focused on data governance with emphasis on health and genetic data and the relationship between concepts of privacy and public interest. Mark chaired the national Confidentiality Advisory Group in England and Wales for 5 years. He was policy advisor to the Health Research Authority in England and a member of the drafting group for the OECD Recommendation on Health Data Governance.

Neera Bhatia

Neera Bhatia, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Law, Deakin University. Her research interests are in end – of – life decision making for critically ill infants and children, organ donation, voluntary assisted dying, and emerging health technologies. She teaches Health Law in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Neera actively engages with the wider community as an expert commentator in the media on topical issues in health law. She sits on a number of clinical ethics committees and is the ‘Health Law’ stream leader for AABHL.

Angus Dawson

Angus Dawson is Professor of Bioethics at the University of Sydney and coordinator of AABHL’s Public Health Ethics Law and Policy (PHELP) stream. His main research interests are public health ethics, research ethics, and methodology in bioethics. He is particularly interested in how we should implement ethics into health policy. He spends as much time as possible bush walking and boring people about old film cameras.

Clare Delany

Clare Delany is Professor in Health Professions Education in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School, at the University of Melbourne. She is a Clinical Ethicist at the Children’s Bioethics Centre at the Royal Children’s Hospital and at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne.

Lisa Eckstein

Dr Lisa Eckstein is a Lecturer in Law and Medicine/Health Law in the Faculty of Law. Her area of specialisation is the ethical and legal implications of genetic and other medical research.  Before joining the University of Tasmania Lisa completed a her Masters of Health Law at the University of Sydney, a Doctor of Juridical Science at Georgetown University Law Centre and a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health.

Nathan Emmerich

Nathan Emmerich is a Senior Lecturer in Bioethics at the ANU Medical School where he is the lead for Professionalism and Leadership in Phase One of the MChD. His primary pedagogic contribution to the MChD concerns medical ethics, he convenes an upper level and interdisciplinary undergraduate course ‘Bioethics and Beyond’ and contributes to bioethics education in the College of Science. His current research interests related to conscientious objection, the regulation of abortion, and conceptions of (bio)ethical expertise.

Cynthia Forlini

Cynthia Forlini is a Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She is the AABHL Student/Early Career Researcher Stream Leader. Cynthia has over a decade of experience as a researcher including training in bioethics and neuroethics from the Université de Montréal and McGill University, as well as research fellow positions at The University of Queensland and The University of Sydney. Her research explores the boundaries between treating and enhancing the brain and mind.

Casey Haining

Casey Haining is the National Policy Manager at Advance Care Planning Australia and a researcher at the University of Melbourne. Having qualifications in biomedicine and law, Casey is incredibly passionate about adopting an interdisciplinary approach to research and exploring the influence of law on health care and medical practice. Her research interests include conscientious objection, end-of-life, abortion and genetics.

Tamra Lysaght

Tamra Lysaght is Director of Research and Phase Director of the Health ethics, Law and Professionalism (HeLP) program at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore. Her work focuses on emergent health and biomedical technologies, including stem cell research and regenerative medicine, precision medicine and genomics, Big Data and AI in healthcare. She is Secretary for the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law and co-Lead of the Empirical Bioethics Stream. She serves on numerous oversight boards and ethics committees in Singapore and internationally

Serene Ong

Serene Ong is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore. She is interested in ethical issues arising from emerging technologies such as genetic testing, precision medicine and AI, reading, and most things chocolate. Holding previous degrees in computational chemistry and bioinformatics, Serene takes an interdisciplinary approach to research. Her PhD research focuses on the disclosure of genetic risk information to family members.

Anne Preisz

Anne Preisz is the Clinical Ethics Manager for the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, which includes Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital Westmead, Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick and Bear Cottage Hospice at Manly. The SCHN paediatric clinical ethics service is a consulting and referral service to assist health care professionals with contextual dilemmas arising in clinical care promotes reflection on ‘what we should do, rather than what we can do’ in complex healthcare decision making. The service promotes ethics education and capacity building, case review, consultation and policy input.

Anne has a clinical background as a specialist neuromuscular and neonatal Physiotherapist, holds a postgraduate Masters’ degree in Bioethics and is an ADC accredited Mediator. She is an Honorary Associate at Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, and has a conjoint position at the University of Notre Dame in the School of Medicine Bioethics Department.

Megan Prictor

Megan Prictor is a Research Fellow with the Health, Law and Emerging Technologies programme at Melbourne Law School.  She conducts research at the nexus of law and emerging health technologies, such as innovative informed consent tools, genomics and health data regulation.  She is a 2021 Dyason Fellow and holds a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Grant.  Megan works closely with the University’s Centre for Digital Transformation of Health and is involved in the development of clinical decision support software with the Department of General Practice.