Kirby Oration Speaker:  Professor Anne-Maree Farrell

Professor Anne-Maree Farrell is Professor and Chair of Health Law and Society, and Director of the Centre for Health Law and Society at La Trobe University. Professor Farrell’s research expertise lies generally in health law, policy and ethics. She currently holds an ARC Future Fellowship, which involves examining the regulation of human tissue. Professor Farrell has published widely in a range of internationally recognised journals and edited collections. Recent books include Health Law: Frameworks and Context (Cambridge University Press 2017), with J Devereux, I Karpin & P Weller; Pioneering Healthcare Law: Essays in Honour of Margaret Brazier (Routledge 2016), co-edited with C Stanton, S Devaney and A Mullock; European Law and New Health Technologies (Oxford University Press 2013), co-edited with M Flear, T Hervey and T Murphy; and The Politics of Blood: Ethics Innovation and the Regulation of Risk (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Presentation title: Regulating human tissue in Australia: Principles, institutions and politics

Sponsored by the Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Professor Vikki Entwistle
Keynote Speaker

Vikki Entwistle is the Director of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at the National University of Singapore.  Vikki’s research is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative. She draws particularly on social sciences and philosophy, and works with clinicians and patient-advocates as well as academic colleagues to develop practically useful thinking about how healthcare policy and practice can contribute to human flourishing.

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Presentation title: Person-centred care: navigating ethical tensions and uncertainties

Professor Luc Deliens
Keynote Speaker

Prof Luc Deliens has a PhD in Health Sciences and MSc in Sociology. Since 2000, he is Director of the End-of-Life Care Research Group, Vrije Universiteit Brussel & Ghent University, in Belgium (

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Presentation title: Euthanasia and vulnerable groups. Belgium on a slippery slope?

Dr Christopher Mayes
Keynote Speaker

Christopher Mayes is a Research Fellow in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University and Research-Affiliate in Sydney Health Ethics at the University of Sydney. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with disciplinary backgrounds in philosophy and sociology.

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Presentation title: Whiteness as a bioethical problem

Professor Emma Kowal
Keynote Speaker

Emma Kowal is Professor of Anthropology in the Alfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University, Convenor of the Deakin Science and Society Network and former Deputy Director of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics at the Australian National University.

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Presentation title: ‘Indigenous biobanking’: Prospects and promise

Professor Michael Selgelid
Keynote Speaker

Professor Michael Selgelid is 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.

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Presentation title: Dengue vaccination ethics

Professor Richard Murray
Keynote Speaker

Professor Richard Murray is the Dean of the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University and the President of Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

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Presentation title: Ethics, professionalism and the social contract: Socially accountable health professional education

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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