Associate Professor Brian Stoffell

Academic Level D

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Sturt North (S279)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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.

BA (Honours 1) in Philosophy from the University of Western Australia

LLB (Honours 1) from Flinders University of South Australia

PhD in Philosophy from the University of British Columbia
Honours, awards and grants
The Hackett Overseas Travelling Fellowship (University of Western Australia)
Convocation Prize for Philosophy (University of Western Australia)
University Medal (Flinders University of South Australia)
The Piper Alderman Law Prize (Dux)
Law Society of South Australia Prize
The Lawbook Company Prize
The Auditor General's Department Prize
The Australian Insurance Law Association Prize
Office of the Public Advocate Prize (Law and Medicine)
Office of the Public Advocate Prize (Disability Law)
The Bar Association of South Australia Prize
Butterworth Prize
Dean's Awards (x3)
Chancellor's Letter of Commendation (x2)
Key responsibilities
  1. Course Coordinator, Bachelor of Letters (Health)
  2. Responsibility for the development, coordination and teaching of all undergraduate offerings in law and ethics for both the Bachelor of Health Science and the Bachelor of Paramedic Science.
  3. Provision of services to the Department of Health and other government departments on ethico-legal matters and staff professional development through the Flinders Medical Centre Health Ethics Unit.
  4. Mentoring for international students in the Bachelor of Health Science award: supporting academic writing and critical thinking skills.
Teaching interests

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.

Topic coordinator
HLTH1003 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
PARA3001 Paramedic Law and Ethics
Topic lecturer
HLTH1003 Legal and Ethical Aspects of Health Care
PARA3001 Paramedic Law and Ethics
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