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Role-related conflicts in health and biomedicine


Those working in health and biomedicine often find themselves in situations in which role-related obligations compete and conflict with each other, or with personal (financial and non-financial) desires. While it is widely recognised that such conflicts and can distort biomedicine and healthcare and undermine public trust, their definition, detection and management remain contested. As a result, disclosures of conflicts are often "ceremonial" and responses are often pejorative, inconsistent or superficial. This research opportunity will allow students to use both empirical and conceptual bioethics analysis to develop and test more robust ways of defining, critiquing and managing role-related conflicts.


Associate Professor Wendy Lipworth.

Research location

Camperdown - School of Public Health - Sydney Health Ethics

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Specific research questions and methods will be negotiated but could include (for example):- Conceptual explorations of role-related conflicts - Empirical studies of role-related conflicts in specific domains of research, policymaking and practice (e.g. medicines regulation and funding processes, assisted reproductive technology, stem cell medicine)Given the interdisciplinary nature of bioethics research, candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds are welcome (including ethics, law, public health, health care, policy, communications, economics, business, politics, administration, and biomedical science).Students will be encouraged to obtain scholarship funding and will be assisted with their applications. 

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2772

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