Professor Sheryl de Lacey

Academic Status ~ Web Supervisor

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Health Sciences (N209)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

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).

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

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

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
Supervisory interests
Assisted reproductive technology
Biological donation
Ethics, reproductive technology
Nursing professional code of conduct
Professional and research ethics
Professional nursing issues, regulation
Reproductive health
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Analysis of an all risk group midwifery practice (1), Elder abuse and compulsory reporting (1), Child welfare paramountcy in ART (1)
Associate supervisor: Bioethics (2)
Principal supervisor: Assisted Reproduction and pregnancy test outcomes (1), Indigenous women's health (1)
Associate supervisor: Traditional postpartum beliefs in Malaysian midwifery practice (1), Intercultural communication in indigenous health care (1), Privacy of health records and the law (1), Family Presence During Resuscitation (1)
Expert for media contact
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Media expertise
  • Bioethics
  • In Vitro Fertilisation
  • Infertility
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