Invitation to Attend

On behalf of the organising committee it is our pleasure to invite you to the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) conference at Rydges Townsville from the 23rd to the 25th September 2018 with satellite workshops to be held on the 23rd and 26th September.

The world as we know it is rapidly evolving – truths that were once held close need reexamining as our knowledge expands. The physical and social borders which were once distinct are becoming blurred.  Technologies are advancing at a pace that leaves little time for legal or ethical consideration.   The 2018 AABHL conference provides an opportunity to reflect on our ever changing world, to consider the ‘Collapsing Borders, the Contested Certainties and the Changing Paradigms’.

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Lynn Woodward, 2018 Conference Convenor

Feb 2018

Call for Abstracts Open
Registration Open

9th May 2018

Call for Abstracts closes

1st August 2018

Early Bird Registration closes

Partner Sponsor

Townsville Hospital and Health Service

Gold Sponsor

Kirby Oration Sponsor

Who Should Attend

This conference is targeted to academics and practitioners from the following professions and disciplines:

  • All aspects of healthcare
  • Policy development
  • Medico-legal
  • Education
  • Ethics/Philosophy
  • Research


Rydges Southbank Townsville

23 Palmer St, South Townsville 

Sitting in the heart of Townsville on Palmer Street, Rydges Southbank Townsville offers business and leisure travellers alike a premium location in the Central Business District close to shopping, dining and entertainment. Our boutique Townsville accommodation is the gate to Magnetic Island and the Great Barrier Reef and offers unparalleled views of Townsville City, Castle Hill and Ross River Marina.

Rydges Southbank Townsville accommodation is just a short walk from key attractions  including Reef HQ, Maritime Museum of Townsville and the Museum of Tropical Queensland. Walk across the Victoria Bridge and experience the newly rejuvenated Flinders Street shopping precinct. For those looking for a night out on the town, the night club strip at Flinders Street East is the hip place to be.

Images courtesy of Townsville Enterprise & Megan-MacKinnon, 

Plenary Speakers & Committee Members

Plenary Speakers

We are pleased to announce the following plenary speakers have been confirmed for the Conference. Click here for biographies of the speakers and their topics.

  • Dr Christopher Mayes
    Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and Research-Affiliate in Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney
  • Professor Emma Kowal
    Professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and former Deputy Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at the Australian National University
  • Professor Michael Selgelid
    Director of the Monash Bioethics Centre; Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Bioethics at Monash; and Chair of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics

Conference Organising Committee


  • Lynn Woodward

Committee Members

  • Andrew Crowden
  • Brydet Barker-Hudson
  • Melanie Gentgall
  • Susan Ireland
  • Yoga Kandasamy
  • Sue Jenkins-Marsh
  • Sunday Pam
  • Mal Parker
  • Sara Potts
  • Richard Roylance
  • Malcolm Smith
  • Mandy Shircore
  • Nikola Stepanov

Conference Managers

For all enquiries please contact the team at Conference Design:
+61 3 6231 2999

About the Association

The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) was formed in 2009.

It encourages open discussion and debate on a range of bioethical issues, providing a place where people can ask difficult questions about ideas and practices associated with health and illness, biomedical research and human values.

The AABHL seeks to foster a distinctive Australasian voice in bioethics, and provide opportunities for international engagement through its membership, journal and conferences.

Members come from all the contributing humanities, social science and science disciplines that make up contemporary bioethics.

Many members have cross-disciplinary interests and all seek to broaden the dialogues in which all members of the wider community ultimately have an interest.

The AABHL is a supportive, creative and challenging community that provides a rich source of continuing academic refreshment and renewal.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.