Position/s

Associate Professor
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Biography

Sheryl de Lacey specialises in Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) and bioethics. She has a clinical background in this field of Nursing and a strong background in consultancy and advisory roles to National and State Government bodies concerned with regulating ART practice. Her research focus is infertility and its social effects, the impact of ART on patients, the impact of social policy on ART patients and practice, and bioethical issues arising in ART. She has completed a major qualitative study of patients' decisions for excess embryos and a major population study of attitudes towards biological donation including organ donation and embryo donation.has completed several major studies in this field. She is a co-author of Ethics and law for Australian Nurses. She is a member of several national committees and professional bodies and is a member of the Advisory Board of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB).

Qualifications

2000 PhD     Flinders University
1995 MA (Women's Studies) The University of Adelaide
1986 B.App.Sci (Nursing)  Sturt College of Advanced Education 
Registered General/Maternity Nurse  Waikato Hospital, New Zealand

Honours, awards and grants

1997 Australian Postgraduate Scholarship
1998 Searle Prize for the best paper presented on a psychosocial issue, Fertility Society of Australia Conference
2003 National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australian Clinical Post-Doctoral Fellowship
2003 Nominated for Premier's award for Nursing Excellence in Research
2003 Cooke prize for the best conference poster, Fertility Society of Australia Conference
2004  Organon prize for the best paper on a psychosocial issue, Fertility Society of Australia Conference
2008 Vice Chancellors Teaching & Learning Innovation Grant, Flinders University

Key responsibilities

Chair Animal welfare Committee, Flinders University
Leader, Ethics stream, Bachelor of Nursing program
Member, Ethics Health Advisory Committee, Dept health & Aging
Member, Health Expert Standing Panel (Medical Benefits Division)
Member, NHMRC ART Review Committee
Member, SA Nursing & Midwifery Board
Country Representative Co-ordinator, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
Previous Associate Dean, Research
Previous Associate Dean, Higher Degrees

Teaching interests

Sheryl de Lacey has a strong background in teaching nursing ethics, nursing research, sociology in nursing, and is particularly interested in teaching reproductive health, Infertility and Assisted Reproductive Technology.
She is the principal supervisor for several Research Higher Degree students investigating reproductive, legal or ethical issues in health care.

Topic Lecturer:

  • NURS1006  Introduction to Professional Practice

Research expertise

  • Applied ethics
  • Paediatrics and reproductive medicine

Research interests

My research interests include psychosocial or bioethical issues arising from infertility and assisted reproduction. I am specifically interested in investigating patient experience of infertility and IVF treatment in order to improve the provision of care to them and their chance for pregnancy. Further, I'm interested in investigating bioethical issues in reproductive technology and biological donation in order to inform practice, public debate and policy making.

Current projects

de Lacey S, Smith C, Drummond M & Macdonald J 2013 'Community literacy in fertility and women's and men’s health: how do adults understand fertility and how does this influence their decisions?’

SoNM Start-up grant


Smith C, de Lacey S, Chapman M & Ratcliffe J 'Acupuncture to improve the live birth rates for women undergoing IVF: A randomised Trial' - NHMRC Project Grant.

de Lacey S, McMillan J & Richards B 'Assisted Reproduction and the Welfare principle: how does practice and policy protect children?'

Starr L & de Lacey S 'Between a rock and a hard place: facors that contribute to the vulnerability of nurses and midwives' Nurses Memorial Foundation Research Grant

Completed projects
de Lacey, S, Rogers, W, Naffine, N, Braunack-Mayer, A, Richards, B & Ballantyne, 'A consent in the void: moral, legal and community values in decisions about human biological donations' -ARC Discovery Grant.

de Lacey, S, Tremellen, K & Lane, M 'Womens reproductive decision-making in relation to the egg-timer test and oocyte storage. Fertility Sopciety of Australia Research Grant.

Wang, J, de Lacey, S, Davies, M, Taplin, J, Alvino, H & Norman, R. A study of patients understanding of pregnancy rate and risk of adverse outcomes. Bertarelli Foundation Research Grant

Supervisory interests

  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Bioethics
  • Biological donation
  • Ethics, reproductive technology
  • Nursing professional code of conduct
  • Professional and research ethics
  • Professional nursing issues, regulation
  • Reproductive health

RHD research supervision

Current

Principal supervisor : Elder abuse and compulsory reporting (1) ; Child welfare paramountcy in ART (1) ; Analysis of an all risk group midwifery practice (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Bioethics (2) ;

Completion

Principal supervisor : Indigenous women's health (1) ; Assisted Reproduction and pregnancy test outcomes (1) ;

Associate supervisor : Privacy of health records and the law (1) ; Traditional postpartum beliefs in Malaysian midwifery practice (1) ; Intercultural communication in indigenous health care (1) ;

Publications

  • De Lacey, S. and Smith, C. (2011). Traditional Chinese medicine. In Kovacs, G, ed. How to improve Your ART success rates. An evidence-based review of adjuncts to IVF. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 208-212.
  • De Lacey, S.L. and Sandelowski, M. (2002). The use of a 'disease': infertility as a rethorical vehicle. In Inhorn, MCvan Balen, F, ed. Infertility around the globe. Thinking on childlessness, gender, and reproductive technologies. London, UK: University of California Press, pp. 33-51.
  • Atkins, K., de Lacey, S. and Britton, B. (2014). Ethics & Law for Australian Nurses. Second edition ed. Victoria, Australia: Cambridge University Press.
  • Atkins, K., Britton, B. and De Lacey, S. (2011). Ethics and Law for Australian Nurses. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Abigail, W., Power, C. and De Lacey, S. (2011). Fertility management/control experiences and sexual and reproductive knowledge prior to a termination of pregnancy in women aged over 30 years. In PHCRED Tri-State Conference. PHCRED Tri-State Conference. Adelaide. Sep 2011.
  • De Lacey, S.L., Braunack-Mayer, A.J., Rogers, W., Avery, J. and Richards, B. (2010). Community views on decision making about embryo and organ donation. In 10th World Congress of Bioethics. 10th World Congress of Bioethics. Singapore. Jul 2010.
  • De Lacey, S.L., Rogers, W., Naffine, N., Braunack-Mayer, A.J. and Richards, B. (2010). Consent in the void: moral, legal and community values in decisions about human biological donations. In Inaugural Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law Conference. Inaugural Australasian Association of Bioethics & Health Law Conference. Adelaide, SA. Jul 2010.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2010). Insights into the ways in which women decide a fate for unused IVF embryos and a moral identity for themselves. In 8th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. 8th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Singapore. Jul 2010.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2009). Why some patients donate frozen embryos to research and why their reasons are important. In ASRM 2009 Annual Meeting. American Society for Reproductive Medicine 65th Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia. Oct 2009.
  • De Lacey, S.L., Richards, B. and Rogers, W.A. (2008). Direct biological donation: Do embryos and organs raise the same issues? In Book of Abstracts. the 9th World Congress of Bioethics. Rijeka-Opatija, Croatia. Sep 2008.
  • Ballantyne, A.J. and De Lacey, S.L. (2008). Recruiting egg donors for research. In the 9th World Congress of Bioethics. the 9th World Congress of Bioethics. Rijeka-Opatija, Croatia. Sep 2008.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2006). Women's reproductive effort: The missing ingredient in the regulation of embryo research. In Gender Justice and Women's Rights in Healthcare. Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. The 6th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Beijing, China. Aug 2006.
    [Web Link]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2005). Preserving Embryos and `Paying Forward: Patients Who Donate Embryos to Other Patients. (Abstract) In The Fertility Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2005. A10 ed. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The Fertility Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting 2005. Christchurch, New Zealand. Sep 2005, pp. O31-O31.
    [Web Link]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2004). Why do couples decide to discard rather than donate excess embryos? (Abstract) In Revisioning Institutions: Change in the 21st Century. The Australian Sociology Association. TASA Conference 2004. Beechworth, Tasmania. Dec 2004, pp. 77-77.
    [Web Link]
  • De Lacey, S.L., Albury, R., Gunson, J. and Ripper, M.R. (2004). Revisiting New Reproductive Technologies in the Twenty-First Century. (Abstract) In Revisioning Institutions: Change in the 21st Century. The Australian Sociology Association. TASA 2004 Conference. Beechworth, Tasmania. Dec 2004, pp. 34-34.
    [Web Link]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2001). Do IVF and gambling have anything in common?: How should we view the recipients of our care? In Contesting Conversations in Practice, Education, Research and Policy: Handbook. Contesting Conversations in Practice, Education, Research and Policy. Adelaide, SA. Nov 2001, pp. 146-146.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2001). Is IVF a lottery or an investment?: Contesting characterisations of infertile women in infertility discourses. In The 17th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, What About The People? Symposium. United Kingdom: International Federation of Fertility Societies. The 17th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2001.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2001). The politics of women's conversations: What are we doing about women who do not become mothers? In 4th Australian Women's Health Conference: Politics, Action & Renewal: Conference Handbook. Strathfieldsaye, VIC: Australian Women's Health Network. Politics, Action & Renewal. Adelaide, SA. Feb 2001, pp. 53-53.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2001). Women's narratives about discipling their bodies in IVF treatment. In The 17th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility, Abstracts. United Kingdom: International Federation of Fertility Societies. The 17th World Congress on Fertility and Sterility. Melbourne, VIC. Nov 2001, pp. 106-106.
  • de Lacey, S., Smith, C., Drummond, M.J. and McDonald, J. (2013). Fertility: What about men? Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 21(5) pp. 46-47.
  • De Lacey, S. (2013). Transhumanist dreams and dystopian nightmares: The promise and peril of genetic engineering. Maxwell J Mehlman. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2012 [Book Review] The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) 6(2) pp. 198-200.
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2006). Re: Trigger shot administration in EDs. Australasian Emergency Nursing Journal, 8(4) pp. 135-136.
    [10.1016/j.aenj.2005.10.005] [10.1016/j.aenj.2005.10.005] [Scopus]
  • Norman, R.J., De Lacey, S.L. and Wang, J.X. (2005). Recombinant or urinary gonadotrophins - an Australian perspective. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 11(5) pp. 542-543.
    [Scopus] [Web Link]
  • Abigail, W. and de Lacey, S. (2014). Australian women's fertility experiences prior to a termination of pregnancy. The Scientific World Journal, 2014 pp. 794380.
    [10.1155/2014/794380]
  • Smith, C., Coyle, M., de Lacey, S. and Johnson, N. (2014). Evidence-based research and practice: attitudes of reproduction nurses, counsellors and doctors. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 29(1) pp. 3-9.
  • Giles, T., King, L. and De Lacey, S. (2013). The timing of the literature review in grounded theory research: An open mind versus an empty head. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(2) pp. E29-E40.
    [10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182902035]
  • De Lacey, S. and Smith, C. (2013). Acupuncture and infertility treatment: Is there more to the outcome for women than pregnancy? Medical Acupuncture, 25(3) pp. 195-199.
    [10.1089/acu.2012.0903]
  • De Lacey, S. (2013). Decision making about frozen supernumerary human embryos. Human Fertility, 16(1) pp. 31-34.
    [10.3109/14647273.2013.770173]
  • De Lacey, S., Rogers, W., Braunack-Mayer, A., Avery, J., Smith, D.P. and Richards, B. (2012). Perceptions of embryo status and embryo use in an Australian community. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 24(7) pp. 727-744.
    [10.1016/j.rbmo.2012.01.014] [Scopus]
  • Naffine, N., Richards, B., De Lacey, S., Braunack-Mayer, A. and Rogers, W. (2012). Who controls the uses of organs after death? Law in the books, law in practice and the view of the people. Journal of Law and Medicine, 20(2) pp. 295-305.
  • Smith, C., De Lacey, S.L., Chapman, M., Ratcliffe, J., Norman, R., Johnson, N., et al. (2012). Acupuncture to improve live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: A protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13(May)
    [10.1186/1745-6215-13-60] [Scopus]
  • Rogers, W., De Lacey, S.L. and Avery, J. (2011). Donation after cardiac death: community views about 'decent' intervals. American Journal of Transplantation, 11(3) pp. 583-590.
    [10.1111/j.1600-6143.2010.03432.x] [Scopus]
  • Smith, C., Ussher, J., Perz, J., Carmady, B. and De Lacey, S.L. (2011). The effect of acupuncture on psychosocial outcomes for women experiencing infertility: A pilot randomised control trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17(10) pp. 923-930.
    [10.1089/acm.2010.0380] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L., Rogers, W.A. and Richards, B. (2010). Directed embryo donation: Free choice or discrimination? Journal of Law and Medicine, 18(1) pp. 169-177.
    [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L., Smith, C.A. and Paterson, C. (2009). Building resilience: A preliminary exploration of women's perceptions of the use of acupuncture as an adjunct to In Vitro Fertilisation. BMC Alternative Medicine, 9(50) pp. 1-11.
    [10.1186/1472-6882-9-50] [10.1186/1472-6882-9-50] [Scopus]
  • Allan, H., De Lacey, S.L. and Payne, D. (2009). The shaping of organisational routines and the distal patient in assisted reproductive technologies. Nursing Inquiry, 16(3) pp. 241-250.
    [10.1111/j.1440-1800.2009.00461.x] [Scopus]
  • Ballantyne, A.J. and De Lacey, S.L. (2008). Wanted - egg donors for research: A research ethics approach to donor recruitment and compensation. The International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB) 1(2) pp. 145-164.
  • De Lacey, S.L., Davies, M.J., Homan, G., Briggs, N. and Norman, R.J. (2007). Factors and perceptions that influence women's decisions to have a single embryo transferred. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 15(5) pp. 526-531.
    [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2007). Decisions for the fate of frozen embryos: fresh insights into patients' thinking and their rationales for donating or discarding embryos. Human Reproduction, 22(6) pp. 1751-1758.
    [10.1093/humrep/dem056] [10.1093/humrep/dem056] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2007). Patients' attitudes to their embryos and their destiny: social conditioning? Best Practice and Research in Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 21(1) pp. 101-112.
    [10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2006.08.003] [10.1016/j.bpobgyn.2006.08.003] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2006). Embryo research: is disclosing commercial intent enough? Human Reproduction, 21(7) pp. 1662-1667.
    [10.1093/humrep/del087] [10.1093/humrep/del087] [Scopus]
  • Davies, M.J., De Lacey, S.L. and Norman, R.J. (2005). Towards less confusing terminology in reproductive medicine: clarifying medical ambiguities to the benefit of all. Human Reproduction, 20(10) pp. 2669-2671.
    [10.1093/humrep/dei202] [10.1093/humrep/dei202] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2005). Parent identity and 'virtual' children: why patients discard rather than donate unused embryos. Human Reproduction, 20(6) pp. 1661-1669.
    [10.1093/humrep/deh831] [10.1093/humrep/deh831] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L. and Norman, R.J. (2004). What should we do with donated embryos that may be genetically affected? Human Reproduction, 19(5) pp. 1065-1068.
    [10.1093/humrep/deh225] [10.1093/humrep/deh225] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S.L. (2002). IVF as lottery or investment: contesting metaphors in discourses of infertility. Nursing Inquiry, 9(1) pp. 43-51.
    [10.1046/j.1440-1800.2002.00126.x] [10.1046/j.1440-1800.2002.00126.x] [Scopus]
  • Abigail, W. and de Lacey, S. (2014). Australian women's fertility experiences prior to a termination of pregnancy. The Scientific World Journal, 2014 pp. 794380.
    [10.1155/2014/794380]
  • Smith, C., Coyle, M., de Lacey, S. and Johnson, N. (2014). Evidence-based research and practice: attitudes of reproduction nurses, counsellors and doctors. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 29(1) pp. 3-9.
  • De Lacey, S. and Smith, C. (2013). Acupuncture and infertility treatment: Is there more to the outcome for women than pregnancy? Medical Acupuncture, 25(3) pp. 195-199.
    [10.1089/acu.2012.0903]
  • De Lacey, S. (2013). Decision making about frozen supernumerary human embryos. Human Fertility, 16(1) pp. 31-34.
    [10.3109/14647273.2013.770173]
  • Giles, T., King, L. and De Lacey, S. (2013). The timing of the literature review in grounded theory research: An open mind versus an empty head. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(2) pp. E29-E40.
    [10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182902035]
  • Smith, C., De Lacey, S.L., Chapman, M., Ratcliffe, J., Norman, R., Johnson, N., et al. (2012). Acupuncture to improve live birth rates for women undergoing in vitro fertilization: A protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 13(May)
    [10.1186/1745-6215-13-60] [Scopus]
  • De Lacey, S., Rogers, W., Braunack-Mayer, A., Avery, J., Smith, D.P. and Richards, B. (2012). Perceptions of embryo status and embryo use in an Australian community. Reproductive Biomedicine Online, 24(7) pp. 727-744.
    [10.1016/j.rbmo.2012.01.014] [Scopus]
  • Naffine, N., Richards, B., De Lacey, S., Braunack-Mayer, A. and Rogers, W. (2012). Who controls the uses of organs after death? Law in the books, law in practice and the view of the people. Journal of Law and Medicine, 20(2) pp. 295-305.
  • De Lacey, S. and Smith, C. (2011). Traditional Chinese medicine. In Kovacs, G, ed. How to improve Your ART success rates. An evidence-based review of adjuncts to IVF. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 208-212.
  • De Lacey, S.L. and Sandelowski, M. (2002). The use of a 'disease': infertility as a rethorical vehicle. In Inhorn, MCvan Balen, F, ed. Infertility around the globe. Thinking on childlessness, gender, and reproductive technologies. London, UK: University of California Press, pp. 33-51.

Professional and community engagement

Fertility Society of Australia - member, including Fertility Nurses Association and Australian & New Zealand infertility Counsellors Association;
Member Scientific Advisory Committee
Member, European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (special interest group-Ethics & Law)

Member, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Association
Member, Advisory Board, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics Association
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Member, Advisory Board, PARTS international research network
Member, Australian Association of Bioethics & Health Law

Deputy Chair, South Australian Council on Reproductive Technology (2007-2010),
Ministerial Appointee, Eligibility Review Panel (1999 - 2010),
Member, Advisory Committee, Pregnancy Advisory Clinic (2006-2009),
NHMRC, Australian Health Ethics Committee, Review of supplementary note 5 sub-committee: Research involving women who are pregnant and the foetus or foetal tissue (2005-2006),
NHMRC Australian Health Technology Assessment Committee, Working Party on Assisted Reproduction (1996-98),
NHMRC Australian Health Ethics Committee, Working Party on Assisted Reproduction guidelines (1994-96),
NHMRC Women's Health Committee (1995),
National Bioethics Consultative Committee (1989-1994).

Expertise for media contact

Subject Titles

  • Bioethics
  • In Vitro Fertilisation
  • Infertility

Interests

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology: I have particular expertuse in the consumer experience of ART and especially in decision making for embryo disposition.

Contact

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Location: Sturt North Wing (N209)
Postal address: GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
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