The public health ethics stream of AABHL aims to encourage discussion of ethical issues relating to all aspects of public health. This has been a growing area of academic interest, especially over the last ten years.

Relevant topics include ethical issues relating to: infectious disease, chronic disease, lifestyle choices, environmental impacts on health, pollution, spocio-economic determinants, health systems, indigenous health, migration, climate change, prevention and population approaches to health and diagnosis, health and welfare etc.  We are particularly keen to involve early career researchers in this stream and ensure that the developing activities in public health ethics within the region are strengthened in the future.

 Angus Dawson (PhD) is Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) at the University of Sydney, Australia. He was previously at the University of Birmingham, UK.

His background is in philosophy, but he has specialised in teaching ethics to health care professionals and medical students for over fifteen years.

His main research interests are in public health ethics, research ethics and the relationship between empirical evidence and moral arguments. He was joint founder and is joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal 'Public Health Ethics’ and a member of a number of other journal advisory boards including those of ‘Bioethics', the 'Journal of Applied Philosophy' and the 'Monash Bioethics Review'. He has been involved in ethics and policy work for the World Health Organization, the UK's Department of Health, the US' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Médecins Sans Frontières and the GAVI Alliance. He has been editor or co-editor of five collections of original papers mainly on topics in public health ethics, including (with Marcel Verweij) Prevention, Ethics, & Public Health, Oxford University Press (2007) and Dawson, A. (ed.) Public Health Ethics: Key Concepts and Issues in Policy and Practice, Cambridge University Press (2011). He runs an international public health ethics list serve (InterPHEN) with 700 members, the Public Health Ethics Facebook page (with 1,500 members) and is on twitter at @PublicEthics. He was President of the International Association of Bioethics (2012-14) and has strong international links.