Committee Members


Bernadette Richards comes from the Law School at the University of Adelaide and is an active researcher in the areas of Tort Law, Medical Law, and Bioethics.  She has written a text book on Tort Law (Tort Law Principles,) has contributed to a collaborative text, Health Law in Australia and has recently completed a new text, Medical Law and Ethics: A Problem Based Approach.  Bernadette is Deputy Chair of a major clinical research ethics committee, Associate Editor (Law) of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry and provided advice to the Minister of Health as a member of the South Australian Council of Reproductive Technology.  She is the Director of the Centre for Law, Ethics and Society (CELS, an international collaboration with the Cardiff University) and Deputy Director, Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion (RUSSLR). Bernadette is the President of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL).  Her current research projects include a major grant project considering innovative surgery, the misapplication of the Australian Human Tissue Acts to posthumous donation of reproductive material and the role of ethical dialogue in popular entertainment





Vice President  

Rachel A. Ankeny is Professor of History and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, at the University of Adelaide. She previously was director and lecturer/senior lecturer in the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, as well as an honorary affiliate at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM), at the University of Sydney (2000-6).  Rachel has several interdisciplinary lines of research and teaching, including in bioethics, food studies, history/philosophy of biological sciences, and migration history. Her research in bioethics examines ethical and policy issues in genetics, reproduction, women's health, embryo and stem cell research, and food production and consumption, among other topics, and she holds ARC grants on several topics relating to food ethics and history/philosophy of contemporary biosciences.





Lynn Woodward is a lecturer in the College of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University.  She teaches ethics into the medical degree and runs an Introductory Bioethics course.  Lynn has a laboratory based background, with a Master’s degree in Applied Immunology and completed her PhD in a project involving vaccine development.  More recently Lynn has been interested in Bioethics and completed her Masters at Monash University and was awarded the Monash WHO Bioethics Fellowship which allowed her to undertake work in the Ethics in Health Unit of the World Health Organization in Geneva. Lynn continues to be actively involved in various laboratory based research projects in the College as well as developing her own research interests.  In particular she is interested in the ethical issues surrounding the use of Medical Products of Human Origin and the involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in biobanks.  Other areas of interest include the education of medical and science students in issues surrounding bioethics and scientific integrity















  Neil Pickering is a Senior Lecturer at the Bioethics Centre at the University of Otago.  Neil was on the executive committee of the ABA, has helped organize two ABA conferences, and has been involved in the development of the JBI from its beginnings.  He has served on the New Zealand Health Research Council Ethics Committee.  His research interests are many and far-flung, but a theme is the intersection of science (particularly medicine) and the human being.  He is author of The Metaphor of Mental Illness (OUP, 2006) in which he proves to his own satisfaction that he is right and everyone else is wrong on this topic.    

 Wendy Lipworth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney. She is a medically trained bioethicist and qualitative social researcher. Her program of research focuses on the ethics of health technology (especially pharmaceutical) innovation: how new medicines and other technologies are developed, tested, regulated, funded and taken up into practice, and how evidence about them is disseminated. Methodologically, her work is best described as empirical bioethics in which empirical research is used in conjunction with theoretical analysis to address real-world problems.Wendy is Deputy Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Australian Bone Marrow Donor Registry (ABMDR). She co-coordinates the Research Ethics unit of study in the Sydney University Master of Bioethics (BETH) program, and is developing and coordinating a new unit of study on “Medicines Policy, Economics and Ethics.”




 Ainsley Newson is Associate Professor of Bioethics in the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney. Ainsley has degree qualifications in science and law and a PhD in bioethics and has worked in academia for nearly 20 years. During her first post-doctoral appointment, Ainsley developed an interest in clinical ethics and its support mechanisms. She has sustained that interest in the decade since through the following activities: ten years’ membership of clinical ethics committees in the UK and Australia, membership as one of two UK representatives on the European Clinical Ethics Network (2008-13); acting as a trustee and board member of the UK Clinical Ethics Network (2009-12); membership of the Editorial Committee of Clinical Ethics, including Editing the ‘case studies’ section from 2008-11; three years providing clinical ethics support to London’s clinical genetics centres (2003-6), a clinical ethics fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic in the US (2004) and a publication track record in clinical ethics. In addition to her work in clinical ethics, Ainsley works on the ethical aspects of clinical and reproductive decision-making in genomics (especially prenatal diagnosis and family communication), genetics and public health and emerging biotechnologies.