Dr David Hunter

Position/s:Associate Professor of Medical Ethics
Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity
Phone: +61 8 72218477
Email:
Location: Health Sciences Building (2.29)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Biography


In 2013 I joined Flinders University as the Associate Professor of Medical Ethics in the School of Medicine. My background is in philosophy, concentrating on political philosophy and ethics, both theoretical and applied, mainly in the context of medical practice, research ethics and other professional practices. I spent the previous eight years in the UK, and before that was based in New Zealand:

2011-13 Philosophy department at the University of Birmingham, UK.
2008 -11 Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University, UK. 
2005-08 School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
2004-05 School of History, Philosophy and Politics, Massey University, NZ.  
2000-04 I tutored in philosophy at the University of Auckland, NZ.

Qualifications

  • 2008: PHD in philosophy: A Luck Egalitarian Account of Distributive Justice in Health Care, University of Auckland. Supervised by Professor Rosalind Hursthouse and Associate Professor Jan Crosthwaite.
  • 2002: MA, Philosophy (65000 word thesis God the Utilitarian? The Ethics of Theodicy ), First Class Honours, University of Auckland. Supervised by Professor John Bishop.
  • 2001: BA (Hons) Philosophy, First Class Honours, University of Auckland.
  • 2001: Diploma of Professional Ethics, University of Auckland.
  • 1999: BA Double Major: Philosophy/Politics, University of Auckland.

Key responsibilities

  • Leading and teaching into the Ethics, Law and Professionalism strand in the MD.
  • Leading the Ethics, Law and Equity research area in the Southgate Institute.
  • Research Ethics, in an advisory and training capacity.
  • Serving as a member of the Medical Course Committee.
  • Serving as a member of the Professional Behaviour and Registration Committee.

Teaching

Teaching interests

My current teaching interests focus primarily on the ethical and professional issues arising in the practice of medicine. I teach into each year of the MD and coordinate the Ethics, Law and Professionalism strand.

Research and supervision

Research expertise

  • Applied ethics
  • Philosophy
  • Political science

Research interests

Because I am interested in issues at the intersection of several areas of philosophy and medicine it is difficult to summarise my research interests succinctly. However I am particularly interested in where ideas from political philosophy can be bought to bear on problems within medical ethics. I believe that an excessive focus has been placed on clinical ethics in bioethics, and this has obscured important background issues such as organisational and structural issues. As such I think that work in political philosophy can usefully inform approaches to a variety of issues in medical ethics. Thus my research interests are broad, but common themes run throughout: 

Ethics of Regulation
I'm interested in ethical issues to do with regulation of human activities, particularly where these have broader implications for ethical theory and/or political philosophy. I'm especially interested when these topics raise broader underlying conceptual issues such as should we view research ethics committees as normative truth seeking devices, or instead as liberal consensus seeking devices? A continuing theme of my work in this area is ethical decision making in situations of fundamental uncertainty. 

Public Health Ethics
This interest grew out of my PhD thesis, which concentrated on distributive justice in health care. But also because I am broadly interested in issues in political philosophy, particularly where these intersect with issues in medical ethics. A particular interest here is in the role responsibility might or ought to play in health care decision making.  

Ethics of New Technologies
Arising from my interest in regulation more generally I've written about the ethics of new technologies. Here I have concentrated on questions about the effective regulation of these technologies given globalisation and questions about distributive justice and the implications of new technologies.

Supervisory interests

  • Applied philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Political philosophy
  • Professional ethics
  • Public health ethics
  • Research ethics

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor: Medical ethics (1);

Completion

Associate supervisor: Medical ethics (1);

Publications

Book chapters
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Dawson, A. (2011). Is there a need for global health ethics? For and against. In G Brock & S Benatar, ed. Global health and global health ethics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 77-88. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2007). Bad science equals poor, not necessarily bad, ethics. In Soren Holm, ed. Ethics, Law and Society. Cardiff: Ashgate.
Refereed journal articles
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2013). How to Object to Radically New Technologies on the Basis of Justice: The Case of Synthetic Biology. Bioethics, 27(8) pp. 426-434. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2013). How not to argue against mandatory ethics review. Journal of Medical Ethics, 39(8) pp. 521-524. [10.1136/medethics-2012-101074]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2012). Are New Genetic Technologies Unlucky for Luck Egalitarianism? Ethical Perspectives, 19(1) pp. 33-54. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Oultram, S. (2010). The ethical and policy implications of rogue medical tourism. Global Social Policy, 10(3) pp. 297-299. [10.1177/14680181100100030204]
  • Wilson, J. and Hunter, D.L.H. (2010). Research Exceptionalism. American Journal of Bioethics, 10(8) pp. 45-54. [10.1080/15265161.2010.482630]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Oultram, S. (2008). The challenge of “sperm ships”: the need for the global regulation of medical technology. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(7) pp. 552-556. [Link]
  • Elliot, L. and Hunter, D.L.H. (2008). The experiences of ethics committee members: contradictions between individuals and committees. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(6) pp. 489-494. [10.1136/jme.2007.022020]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2008). Using the community of inquiry methodology in teaching bioethics: a focus on skills development. Monash Bioethics Review, 27(1-2) pp. 33-41.

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Books
  • Hughes, J., Hunter, D.L.H., Sheehan, M., Wilkinson, S. and Wrigley, A. (2010). European textbook on ethics in research. Luxemburg: Office of the European Union. [Link]
Book chapters
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Dawson, A. (2011). Is there a need for global health ethics? For and against. In G Brock & S Benatar, ed. Global health and global health ethics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 77-88. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2007). Bad science equals poor, not necessarily bad, ethics. In Soren Holm, ed. Ethics, Law and Society. Cardiff: Ashgate.
Refereed journal articles
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2013). How not to argue against mandatory ethics review. Journal of Medical Ethics, 39(8) pp. 521-524. [10.1136/medethics-2012-101074]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2013). How to Object to Radically New Technologies on the Basis of Justice: The Case of Synthetic Biology. Bioethics, 27(8) pp. 426-434. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2012). Are New Genetic Technologies Unlucky for Luck Egalitarianism? Ethical Perspectives, 19(1) pp. 33-54. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Oultram, S. (2010). The ethical and policy implications of rogue medical tourism. Global Social Policy, 10(3) pp. 297-299. [10.1177/14680181100100030204]
  • Wilson, J. and Hunter, D.L.H. (2010). Research Exceptionalism. American Journal of Bioethics, 10(8) pp. 45-54. [10.1080/15265161.2010.482630]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Oultram, S. (2008). The challenge of “sperm ships”: the need for the global regulation of medical technology. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(7) pp. 552-556. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2008). Using the community of inquiry methodology in teaching bioethics: a focus on skills development. Monash Bioethics Review, 27(1-2) pp. 33-41.
  • Elliot, L. and Hunter, D.L.H. (2008). The experiences of ethics committee members: contradictions between individuals and committees. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(6) pp. 489-494. [10.1136/jme.2007.022020]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2008). The ESRC research ethics framework and research ethics review at UK universities: rebuilding the Tower of Babel REC by REC. Journal of Medical Ethics, 34(11) pp. 815-820. [10.1136/jme.2008.024257]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2007). Efficiency and the proposed reforms to the NHS research ethics system. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33 pp. 651-654. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Pierscionek, B. (2007). Children, Gillick competency and consent for involvement in research. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33 pp. 659-662. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2007). Am I my brother's gatekeeper? Professional ethics and the prioritisation of healthcare. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33(9) pp. 522-526. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2007). The roles of research ethics committees: implications for membership. Research Ethics, 3(1) pp. 24-26. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2007). Proportional ethical review and the identification of ethical issues. Journal of Medical Ethics, 33(4) pp. 241-245. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2006). An Alternative University-Wide Model for the Ethical Review of Human Subject Research. Research Ethics, 2(2) pp. 47-50. [Link]
Journal articles
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2013). Case alert: A petition to investigate the death of Dan Markingson and possible research misconduct at the University of Minnesota. Research Ethics, 9(2) pp. 91-92. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2012). Why Even Inappropriate Parental Consent Might Be Enough to Justify Minimal Risk Pediatric Research Without Clinical Benefit. American Journal of Bioethics, 12(1) pp. 35-36. [10.1080/15265161.2011.635834]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Wilson, J. (2012). Promoting health equity. British Medical Journal, 345 pp. e4881-e4881. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2011). A hands-on guide on obtaining research ethics approval. Postgraduate Medical Journal, 87(1030) pp. 509-513. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. and Leveridge, J. (2011). The Concept of Community in Bioethics. Public Health Ethics, 4(1) pp. 12-13. [Link]
  • Hunter, D.L.H. (2010). Is There a Case for a Distinction Between Ethics and Policy? American Journal of Bioethics, 10(6) pp. 24-25. [10.1080/15265161003754031]
Other public research outputs
  • Wilson, J. and Hunter, D.L.H. (2011). Hyper-expensive new therapies and the prioritisation of R&D. Forward look background papers, pp. 1-23. [Link]

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Professional and community engagement

  • Coordinator of the International Association for Bioethics Research Ethics Network (REN).
  • Coordinator of the International Association of Bioethics International Network for Philosophical Approaches to Bioethics (INPAB).
  • Coordinator of the International Association of Bioethics International Network for Ethical Issues in Resource Allocation (INEIRA).

Expertise for media contact

  • Medical ethics
  • Research ethics
  • Public health ethics

Subject/s

  • Ethics
  • Health management, policy and ethics

Further information

  • My (occasionally updated) full CV is available here: David Hunter CV
  • Draft papers, prepublication copies and other info is available at my academia.edu site here: Academia.edu
  • Links to published papers, citation information is available via my google scholar page here: Google Scholar
  • You can follow me on twitter here: Twitter 
  • You can follow the research ethics Facebook page I run here: Facebook or it's twitter feed here: Research_Ethics
  • I sometimes blog here: JME Blog



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