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).
Leader, Primary Health Care research group
Leader, Ethics Stream, Bachelor of Nursing Curriculum
Member, Ethics Health Advisory Council, South Australia Department of Health & Aging
Member, Health Expert Standing Panel (Medical Benefits Division)
Member, National Health & Medical Research Council Embryo Licensing Committee
Member, National Health & Medical Research Council, Assisted Reproductive Technology Review Committee
Co-ordinator, Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB)
Stream Editor, Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (IJFAB)
Previous Associate Dean, Research
Previous Associate Dean, Higher Degrees
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.
Screening in the void: the regulation of child welfare in assisted reproductive technology
Zannattino L, Grant J & de Lacey S. Untangling the threads: Preparing consumers in Australia for commercial surrogacy overseas.
Sweet L, de Lacey S & Stone K. Psychosocial support in early pregnancy following assisted reproduction: a proof of concept study.
e Lacey S, Drummond M, Smith C, Macdonald J, Tremellen K and Weisberg E. Delayed childbearing and fertility; how do women and men make decisions about their fertility, the timing of reproduction and what triggers a decision?
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, 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.
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