Professor Vikki Entwistle

Vikki Entwistle will take up position as Professor and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore from 1 July 2018. She is currently Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Vikki’s research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. She draws particularly on social sciences and philosophy, and works with clinicians and patient-advocates as well as academic colleagues to develop practically useful thinking about how healthcare policy and practice can contribute to human flourishing. Vikki is currently particularly interested in the ethical tensions that arise in the pursuit of healthcare that is good in multiple senses at once.

Vikki’s interests in ethics developed in the context of applied health services research. In the mid-1990s while working to develop information to help patients and health professionals consider the effectiveness of different healthcare options, she saw a need for judgements of effectiveness to better reflect patients’ perspectives. She then started to raise and tackle questions about patients’ involvement in both treatment decision-making and research agenda setting. Several of her studies of patients’ perspectives illuminated important shortfalls in the prevailing choice-dominated discourse on patient involvement. A turn to feminist writing on relational theorising about autonomy, and a capabilities approach to thinking about quality of life, facilitated the development of more robust conceptions of notions of ‘shared decision-making’, ‘support for self-management’ and communication about screening (among others).

Together with Professor Alan Cribb (King’s College London), Vikki has recently secured a Wellcome Trust collaborative award to investigate what applied philosophy and ethics can offer to quality improvement work in healthcare.

Vikki Entwistle will take up position as Professor and Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore from 1 July 2018. She is currently Professor of Health Services Research and Ethics at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Vikki’s research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. She draws particularly on social sciences and philosophy, and works with clinicians and patient-advocates as well as academic colleagues to develop practically useful thinking about how healthcare policy and practice can contribute to human flourishing. Vikki is currently particularly interested in the ethical tensions that arise in the pursuit of healthcare that is good in multiple senses at once.

Vikki’s interests in ethics developed in the context of applied health services research. In the mid-1990s while working to develop information to help patients and health professionals consider the effectiveness of different healthcare options, she saw a need for judgements of effectiveness to better reflect patients’ perspectives. She then started to raise and tackle questions about patients’ involvement in both treatment decision-making and research agenda setting. Several of her studies of patients’ perspectives illuminated important shortfalls in the prevailing choice-dominated discourse on patient involvement. A turn to feminist writing on relational theorising about autonomy, and a capabilities approach to thinking about quality of life, facilitated the development of more robust conceptions of notions of ‘shared decision-making’, ‘support for self-management’ and communication about screening (among others).

Together with Professor Alan Cribb (King’s College London), Vikki has recently secured a Wellcome Trust collaborative award to investigate what applied philosophy and ethics can offer to quality improvement work in healthcare.

Dr Christopher Mayes

Christopher Mayes is a Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and Research-Affiliate in Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with disciplinary backgrounds in philosophy and sociology. His research interests include food ethics, the history of bioethics in Australia, and social and political theory. He is the author of The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, Ethics, and Healthy Choices (Routledge, 2016), which critically explores the use of lifestyle rhetoric and policies to govern individual choice and secure population health from the threat of obesity. His forthcoming monograph, Unsettling Food Politics: agriculture, dispossession, and sovereignty in Australia (Rowman & Littlefield International), examines contemporary political and ethical discourses of food and agriculture in Australia.

In 2017, he received a Discovery Early Career Research Award from the Australian Research Council to research the history of bioethics in Australia. Bioethics in the Antipodes: a history of Australian bioethics since 1980 (DE170100550) aims to provide a comprehensive account of bioethics in Australia. Using archival sources, interviews, and theoretical analysis, this project will advance understanding about the distinctive local and global contributions of Australian bioethics to regulatory frameworks, legal reform, and public discourse.

Professor Emma Kowal

Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and former Deputy Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at the Australian National University. She is a cultural and historical anthropologist who previously worked as a medical doctor and public health researcher in Indigenous health before completing her PhD in 2007. Her research interests include Indigenous-state relations and settler colonialism, racism and anti-racism, and science and technology studies. She has authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications including her monograph, Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Australia. She has received many grants, including three four-year fellowships from the National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Research Council. She has held visiting positions at Yale University, the University of California, Berkeley, the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Nanjing University, China and the Universidade Federal de Santa Caterina, Florianopolis, Brazil. She is an editor of the international journal Postcolonial Studies, past convenor of the Asia-Pacific Science, Technology and Society network, member of the National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science of the Australian Academy of Science, and convenor of the international programming committee for the 2018 Society for Social Studies of Science meeting. She is an award-winning researcher and educator, receiving the 2014 Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research, a 2015 Thomson Reuters Women in Research Citation Award, and a 2013 National Citation for Outstanding Student Learning.

Professor Michael Selgelid

Professor Michael Selgelid is Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash; and Chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine at Monash and a Monash-Warwick Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics & International Studies at the University of Warwick (UK).

He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Brocher Foundation in Hermance (Geneva), Switzerland; and he serves on the Ethics Review Board of Médecins Sans Frontières and the General Ethical Issues Sub-committee of the Alfred Hospital Ethics Committee (in Melbourne). Michael edits a book series in Public Health Ethics Analysis for Springer and is Co-Editor of Monash Bioethics Review. Among numerous other engagements with the World Health Organisation Michael served as an Advisor to the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee regarding Ebola, and he was Member of the IHR Emergency Committee on Zika Virus and Observed Increase in Neurological Disorders and Neonatal Malformations.In 2015 Michael was commissioned by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to produce a White Paper on ethical issues associated with gain-of-function research. Michael earned a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University; and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, San Diego, under the supervision of Philip Kitcher.

Professor Richard Murray

Professor Richard Murray is the Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University and the President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand. His career focus has been in rural and remote medicine, Aboriginal health, public health, tropical medicine, medical and health professional education and the healthcare needs of underserved populations. He has a national and international profile in rural medical education and rural medicine and has held a range of leadership positions.

Professor Murray is also a Director on the Board of the Mackay Health and Hospital Service and a past President of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

Prior to joining JCU as Planning Director of the Rural Clinical School in 2005, Professor Murray spent 14 years in the remote Kimberley region of Western Australia, including 12 years as the Medical Director of the Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services Council, a position in which he had broad-ranging clinical, population health, teaching, research and medical leadership and management roles.

About the Association

The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) was formed in 2009.

It encourages open discussion and debate on a range of bioethical issues, providing a place where people can ask difficult questions about ideas and practices associated with health and illness, biomedical research and human values.

The AABHL seeks to foster a distinctive Australasian voice in bioethics, and provide opportunities for international engagement through its membership, journal and conferences.

Members come from all the contributing humanities, social science and science disciplines that make up contemporary bioethics.

Many members have cross-disciplinary interests and all seek to broaden the dialogues in which all members of the wider community ultimately have an interest.

The AABHL is a supportive, creative and challenging community that provides a rich source of continuing academic refreshment and renewal.

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