After initial training and then teaching in philosophy and the history of ideas at UWA in Perth, and as a PhD candidate, plus teaching at UBC Vancouver, I moved to the University of Adelaide’s philosophy department, then to Melbourne University in the same discipline. Later, back in Adelaide I taught within Politics and Medicine at the University of Adelaide. My move to into health came with my appointment as Director of a Health Care Ethics Unit at Flinders Medical Centre. The Unit provided a state-wide service for all SA Health sites. In addition, the FMC Unit housed the NHMRC Medical Research Ethics Committee, a forerunner of the present Australian Health Ethics Committee. Involvement in the significant legal changes that resulted in new consent and palliative care legislation in 1995 moved me to completion of an honours law degree at Flinders University. From 1992 to the present I have provided undergraduate and post-graduate topics in philosophy, health law and professional ethics. For the past 25 years I have chaired research ethics committees at state and federal level, as well as within non-governmental settings.
My current teaching is on the legal and ethical governance of health care practice in South Australia: in one 3rd year topic I concentrate on paramedic practice; in the other, a very large first year topic, the focus is on South Australian legislation and regulations, as well as common law, governing the actions of health practitioners operating under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Authority.
Chairperson, SA Health Department Review of Best Practice Guidelines for End-of-Life Care
Chairperson, CSIRO Medical Research Ethics Committee
Chairperson, Bellberry Ltd Human Research Ethics Committee A
Consultant on medico-legal and ethical issues for the SA Health Department
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