Dr Jean Murray

Casual Academic

College of Business, Government and Law

place Law & Commerce (2.31)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Jean Murray spent 20 years as a medical scientist occupying senior roles in metropolitan and country laboratories before becoming a government policy adviser. In 2001 she established the Ethics and Privacy Policy Unit of the SA Department of Human Services. Since leaving government in 2009, she has divided her time between her academic role in Health Care Management at Flinders, delivering workshops on leadership and empowerment in the Gender Consortium's international program, writing national bioethics policy as a contracted expert consultant, and her roles on several boards. She is the consultant ethicist on the Clinical Treatment Ethics Committee for the royal Adelaide Hospital.

Her role as the Principal Consultant, Ethico-Legal Reform for the South Australian Government entailed developing, reviewing and proposing amendments to policy and legislation at State and Commonwealth levels in ethically complex areas. Dr Murray has represented the SA government on national Health Ministers’ policy advisory groups in areas such as genetics, privacy, autopsies, organ donation, assisted reproductive technology, surrogacy, human cloning and embryo research. She has served as a Director on state and national health, bioethics and education boards, presented at bioethics conferences and been an active member of state and national bioethics organisations, including being elected as the inaugural Secretary of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

Dr Murray is active in women's policy at state, national and international levels, having served on the South Australian Women's Advisory Council and one of the Commonwealth’s Women's Secretariats, and as a Trustee on the SA Women's Trust. She has served at national and international levels as a Director on the Executive of BPW, a supportive network which advocates for business and professional women at the United Nations and to national governments, and has presented workshops around the world on organisational management and governance.

Doctorate of Public Health, Flinders University  2008
Master of Health Service Management, Flinders University  1996
Bachelor of Applied Science [Medical Technology], University of SA  1974
Honours, awards and grants
Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology, awarded 1985
State Finalist, Telstra Business Women's Awards, Community and Government Category 2009
Key responsibilities

Topic Coordinator for Health and Aged Care Policy
Topic Coordinator for Health and Aged Care Systems
Flinders Health Care Management post-graduate program

Facilitator, Leadership and Empowerment, Gender Consortium international program

Teaching interests

Dr Murray applies her experience and expertise in researching and developing health policy and her national work proposing and developing ethical guidelines for Health Ministers and the NHMRC Health Ethics Committee to her teaching in the Health Management MBA.

Dr Murray also delivers a series of workshops on influential authentic leadership, entrepreneurship and values-based decision-making in the women's empowerment fellowships offered to leading Asian women by the Gender Consortium at Flinders. This is informed by her ethics background and her international experience in women's policy. She has previously delivered similar workshops for the Leadership Institute of SA and the Dept of the Professions, University of Adelaide.

Topic coordinator
HACM9203 Health and Aged Care Policy
HACM9200 Health and Aged Care Systems
Topic lecturer
HACM9200 Health and Aged Care Systems
HACM9203 Health and Aged Care Policy

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