About Associate Professor Wendy Lipworth

I am a medically qualified bioethicist and health social scientist. and Associate Professor based at Sydney Health Ethics. My research spans a wide range of topics including the ethics and politics of biomedical research, publication, health technology assessment and resource allocation, clinical innovation and assisted reproductive technology. I am particularly interested in developing new ways of understanding and managing the role-related conflicts and quandaries faced by those working in these domains.

I use a combination of theoretical and empirical (mostly qualitative) methods to answer the following questions:

  1. What are the role-related obligations of those who work in health and biomedicine?
  2. How do these obligations compete and conflict with each other, and with other preferences, desires and obligations?
  3. How do professionals experience and navigate these role-related conflicts?
  4. How should role-related conflicts be managed?

I have been supported by National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowships throughout my career and have received over $5M in Category 1 grant funding. I have led three 3 NHMRC Project/Ideas grants on conflict of interest, access to medicines and commercial influences over assisted reproductive technology. I have had published or accepted one edited book (Routledge, 2018), 15 book chapters and 122 peer-reviewed journal articles. My research has been presented at over 50 national and international peer-reviewed conferences and by invitation at over 40 conferences, symposia and academic seminars. I currently supervise four postgraduate research students and coordinate postgraduate teaching on medicines policy, economics and ethics.

Selected publications

  • Montgomery K and Lipworth W (Eds). 2018. Medical professionals: Conflicts and quandaries in medical practice. Routledge Studies in Health Management Series, Routledge: New York.
  • Wiersma M, Kerridge I, Lipworth W. Status, respect and stigma: A qualitative study of non-financial Interests in medicine. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. In Press. Accepted 20/11/2019
  • Blakely B., Williams J., Mayes C., Kerridge I, and Lipworth W. 2019. Conflicts of Interest in Australia’s IVF Industry: an empirical analysis and call for action. Human Fertility. 22(4): 230-237
  • Komesaroff P, Kerridge I, Lipworth W. 2019. Conflicts of interest: new thinking, new processes. Internal Medicine Journal. 49(5): 574-577 [Selected by editor as “editor’s choice” open access article]
  • Grundy Q, Habibi R, Shnier A, Mayes C, Lipworth W. 2018. Decoding disclosure: Comparing conflict of interest policy among the United States, France, and Australia. Health Policy. 122(5): 509-518 [Made open access by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies]
  • Wiersma M, Kerridge I, Lipworth W. 2018. Dangers of neglecting non-financial conflicts of interest in health and medicine. Journal of Medical Ethics. 44(5): 319-322.
  • Wiersma M, Kerridge I, Lipworth W. 2018. Should we try to manage non-financial interests? Yes. Head to Head article. British Medical Journal. 12:361:k1240 [Invited Head to Head article].
  • Grundy, Q, Tierney L, Mayes C, Lipworth W. 2017. Health professionals "make their choice": Pharmaceutical industry leaders' understandings of conflict of interest. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 14(4): 541-553.
  • Williams J, Mayes C, Komesaroff P, Kerridge I, Lipworth W. 2017. Conflicts of interest in medicine: taking diversity seriously. Internal Medicine Journal. 47(7): 739-746.
  • Purdy S, Little M, Mayes C, Lipworth W. 2017. Debates about conflict of interest in medicine: Deconstructing a divided discourse. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. 14(1): 135-149.