Bioethics & Healthcare Ethics

Convener: Prof Sandra Lynch
Senior Affiliate: Prof Margaret Somerville

The Bioethics and Healthcare Ethics research focus area is central to the work of Notre Dame as a Catholic University training students for the medical and nursing professions. The Catholic bioethical tradition is valued for the decision-making framework it provides for practitioners, patients, families and the community in the complex contexts in which healthcare is practised.

This research focus area has three streams: Spirituality and Health Research Group (with School of Medicine, Sydney, and St Vincent’s Health Network); Palliative Care (with the Palliative Care Research Department at the Cabrini Institute); Bioethics.


Prof. Sandra Lynch (Director, IES, UNDA)

The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney
Archbishop Fisher is Adjunct Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics at the Institute for Ethics and Society and the School of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is the author of Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium, published by Cambridge University Press (2012).

Assoc. Prof. Ray Campbell, Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre

Prof. Margaret Somerville

Dr Megan Best