Dr Kalinda Griffiths
Centre for Big Data Research in Health, University of New South Wales
Science and Technology Australia, Superstar of STEM

Kalinda is a Yawuru woman of Broome, born and living in Darwin. Her family name is Corpus. She is an early career Scientia Fellow at the Centre for Big Data Research. She is an epidemiologist who has worked in the research sector for over 20 years. Her interest is in empirically addressing complex health disparities in populations through existing data. Her research currently addresses issues of quality and the utilisation of data pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Her areas of focus include the measurement of health disparities, with a particular focus on cancer treatment and outcomes.

Kalinda holds a Certificate III in Laboratory Techniques, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Master of Public Health and a PhD in Cancer Epidemiology. She holds honorary positions at the University of Sydney and Menzies School of Health Research and is deputy editor of the Health Promotion Journal of Australia.

Kalinda is the recipient of a number of awards. Notably, she was awarded the Northern Territory Young Australian of the Year in 2011 and more recently, the 2019 Lowitja Institutes Emerging Researcher Award. She is also a 2019-2021 Science and Technology Australia Superstar of STEM.

The Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG

Michael Kirby was educated in public schools and at the University of Sydney. After practice as a solicitor and barrister, he was appointed the inaugural chairman of the Australian Law Reform Commission in 1975, at the age of 35. Thereafter, he served in the Federal Court of Australia, as president of the NSW Court of Appeal and as a Justice of the High Court of Australia (1996-2009).

It was in the Law Reform Commission that he was exposed for the first time to controversies relating to bioethics and the ethics of modern technology. That commission delivered important reports that led to reforms of Australian law in relation to Human Tissue Transplants; Privacy and other technology-based projects. Also at that time he delivered the first Oration of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

In consequence of this work and his engagement with the pandemic on HIV AIDS, he served as a member of the International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO (1996-2005) and the ethics committee of the Human Genome Organisation (1995-2003). While serving on the UNESCO IBC, he was elected chair of the legal drafting committee that drafted the UNESCO Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights . This was subsequently adopted by the UNESCO General Conference and has influenced developments since. In 1998, UNESCO awarded him the UNESCO Prize For Human Rights Education. Monash University has established the Michael Kirby Centre for Human Rights And Public Policy as a result of his work in this area. In recent years he has taken a leading part in the advance of LGBTIQ rights in Australia and overseas and has served on numerous United Nations and international investigations and enquiries. He is proud to return to the Association’s conference and once again to deliver the oration that is now named in his honour. He insists that it is an ongoing intellectual project and not a Memorial lecture.

Dr Rosalind McDougall B.Sc., B.A.(Hons.), B.Phil., Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
University of Melbourne

Dr Rosalind McDougall is an ethicist in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne. Rosalind’s research and teaching focus on the ethical challenges faced by health professionals. Her background is in philosophy and qualitative research, and she bring these ideas and approaches to interdisciplinary analysis of issues in patient care.  She has published widely in clinical ethics and reproductive ethics, and is an award-winning educator.  In 2018, she was selected as one of the ABC’s Top 5 researchers in the humanities and social sciences.  Rosalind is a co-founder of the Australasian Clinical Ethics Network, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics.


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.

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