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Sydney Health Ethics conducts research and teaching in bioethics and health-related social science using multidisciplinary methods. Our mission is to achieve a positive social impact by engaging in academic and public conversations about the ethics of health and wellbeing.
We produce rigorous, critical and engaged ethics and social research, teach bioethics and qualitative research methods and work with communities locally, nationally and internationally to understand and address real-world issues.
Our research spans a range of areas and disciplines, including:
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An ethics framework for making resource allocation decisions within clinical care has been developed by a working party involving members of Sydney Health Ethics and many clinicians and clinical ethicists from Sydney.
This document is to help clinicians, hospital administrators and policy makers to plan for possible severe scarcity of vital medical resources in responding to COVID-19.
Download the COVID-19 resource allocation ethics framework (pdf, 278kb)
Our innovative and interdisciplinary postgraduate program in bioethics will help you develop the critical skills you need to analyse ethical issues in medicine, life sciences and health.
Students consider questions like: What is bioethics and why is it important? Why is public health a moral enterprise? How should the law respond to ethical issues in health? What is ‘medicalisation’? What makes research ‘ethical’? How do we make medicines safe, effective and accessible? What are the limits of autonomy and consent? What do we owe non-human animals? Why might art transform health and healthcare?
Courses are offered in a variety of formats to suit students with competing time demands.
Queries of an academic nature can be addressed to the Program Director, Dr Diego Silva.
We provide support and training to our students, giving them the opportunity to participate in weekly seminars and monthly team meetings, contribute to our teaching programs in their areas of expertise, and self-organise peer support and skill-building activities.
Expressions of Interest
If you are interested in becoming a research student at Sydney Health Ethics, you will need to submit an expression of interest. If successful, we will support you to apply to the University of Sydney for an official HDR place.
Before you submit an expression of interest:
You will need:
To submit your expression of interest, email Professor Ainsley Newson at email@example.com
You can submit an expression of interest at any time. However, please ensure that you submit at least one month ahead of the relevant University application date.
Please note: Sydney Health Ethics does not have the authority to offer an official place in a Higher Degree Research (HDR) program. This authority rests with the University of Sydney. An expression of interest is only the beginning of the process of entering a HDR program with Sydney Health Ethics.
For further information on study options and how to apply for a research degree visit the postgraduate research page.
Sydney Health Ethics offer short courses through the Sydney School of Public Health in bioethics and qualitative research methods.
Our short courses will appeal to:
Learn more or register for our upcoming short courses.
The Growing Up with Cancer project used research and creative practice to understand the experience of having cancer during adolescence and young adulthood.
Funded by the Australian Research Council, it brought together researchers, artists, advocates and clinicians at the Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer.
The project used mixed methods research to examine the nature and impact of cancer illness and treatment on the experience of growing up through adolescence and young adulthood.
Top image: Mikala Dwyer, The garden of half-life (wall painting) 2014 (detail)