A series of workshops will be held prior to the start of the conference at the conference venue, Rydges Townsville.  The workshops may be booked during registration.

See below for workshop descriptions and attendance fees.


TIME: 1330-1730

DATE: Saturday 22nd September 2018.

FACILITATORSSessions will be facilitated by AABHL Clinical Ethics Stream Co-convenors 

  • Ms. Hazel Irvine – RN/RM, Chair, Capital and Coast District
    Health Board Clinical Ethics Advisory Group, NZ
  • Dr. Jenny Jones – Clinical Ethics Coordinator, Metro South
    Clinical Ethics Service, Brisbane QLD
  • Ms. Julie Letts – Director at LettsConsulting, former
    Manager, Clinical Ethics & Policy, NSW Ministry of Health

COST: $80.  Registration for the workshop can be made through the Registration page. 

VENUE: Portside, Rydges Townsville.

DESCRIPTION:  This half day workshop will take a practical, interactive approach to complex ethical issues with gender dysphoria and new challenges (and some old ones) in end of life decisions

Invited panelists and speakers are:

  • Ms. Olivia Donaghy, Coordinator of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital Gender Clinic and State-wide Service
  • Dr. Aideen McInerney-Leo, genetic counsellor/genomics researcher
  • Prof Daryl Pullman, Professor of Medical Ethics, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Dr Will Cairns, End of Life Care, Clinical Lead, QLD
  • Dr Andrew McGee, Senior lecturer, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
  • Ms Julie Sutherland, CNC, Counsellor, Advance Care Planning, Palliative Care, Community Health, Queensland Health
  • Dr George Skowronski, Director, Intensive care Unit, St George Private Hospital, Sydney and Clinical Ethics Lead, St George (Public) Hospital, Sydney

More details can be found by downloading the flyer here.



TIME: 0900-1200

DATE: Sunday 23rd September 2018.

FACILITATORS: A Keynote Address by Professor Ian Kerridge will be followed by a Panel Discussion featuring leading academics.

  • Prof Ian Kerridge, The University of Sydney
  • Dr Neera Bhatia, Deakin University
  • Dr Christopher Mayes, Deakin University
  • Dr Nikola Stepanov , Queensland Integrity Commissioner.

COST: Registration for the Student and Early Career Workshop will be fully subsised by AABHL.
Registration for the workshop can be made through the Registration page. 

VENUE: Portside, Rydges Townsville.

DESCRIPTION: This half-day workshop for Students and Early Career  Researchers will run immediately prior to the commencement of the AABHL 2018 Conference. It will highlight the interdisciplinary nature of bioethics and health law scholarship and mirror the conference themes of ‘collapsing borders, contested certainties & changing paradigms’

More details about the Student and Early Career Workshop can be found by downloading the flyer here.

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.

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