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    End games: Euthanasia under interminable scrutiny
    Bioethics 19 (5-6): 523-536. 2005.
    It is increasingly asserted that the disagreements of abstract principle between adversaries in the euthanasia debate fail to account for the complex, particular and ambiguous experiences of people at the end of their lives. A greater research effort into experiences, meaning, connection, vulnerability and motivation is advocated, during which the euthanasia 'question' should remain open. I argue that this is a normative strategy, which is felicitous to the status quo and further medicalises the…Read more
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    Concern for families and individuals in clinical genetics
    Journal of Medical Ethics 29 (2): 70-73. 2003.
    Clinical geneticists are increasingly confronted with ethical tensions between their responsibilities to individual patients and to other family members. This paper considers the ethical implications of a “familial” conception of the clinical genetics role. It argues that dogmatic adherence to either the familial or to the individualistic conception of clinical genetics has the potential to lead to significant harms and to fail to take important obligations seriously.Geneticists are likely to co…Read more
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    Republication: In That Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5 (4): 317-317. 2008.
  •  10
    Republication: In That Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 7 (4): 373-373. 2010.
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    The Propaganda of Cells: Four of Five Pieces
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11 (2): 171-171. 2014.
    A crescendo of panting to her stiff-lunged yearspressed in on her for three days and a bit before the succumbingno word could be wedged between gasps.A knife twist in her life’s two year tail two years’witness to others’ ministerings at her flesh-raw chestturned outward to the airenforced fluency in the language of lint.From nests of treason in her breastat night the insurgency pushed outinto the bloodlinesoutriders of a black hostthe dreadful propaganda of cellsbridgeheads locked down in bone a…Read more
  •  9
    Blowing the virtue-ethics whistle: Response to Faunce
    Monash Bioethics Review 23 (4): 56-59. 2004.
  •  9
    Vaccination Day: Three of Five Pieces
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 11 (2): 161-161. 2014.
    They enterin curves and stoopslimping and tappinga file of bare armscreased faces upliftedred eyelids poutingeyes curtained in cataract.The syringes are magazined at his hip.A pinch of skinin a chill autumn morninga stinging spreads outat the borders of shouldersthe grim supplicationfor all his attentionthe trembling smileon his remembering a name.Swabs spent in bucketsthe names all collecteda shifting and amblingacross the lawns to their liveson small porchesand in dim echoing cells.Washing his…Read more
  •  9
    In That Case: Call for Responses
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 4 (1): 77-78. 2007.
  •  8
    Misconceiving Medical Leadership
    Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 56 (3): 387-406. 2013.
  •  8
    Across the Rubicon: Medicalisation, Natural Death & Euthanasia
    Monash Bioethics Review 20 (4): 7-29. 2001.
    The recently published BMA Guidelines on Withholding and Withdrawing Medical Treatment encourage a balance between deriving maximal benefit from medical treatment, and achieving as natural a death as possible in the circumstances. I argue that the concepts of burdensomeness, natural death and medicalised death are of greater fundamental importance than that of intention, and do not help constitute a moral distinction between withdrawal of treatment and active assistance to die. Nor should they c…Read more
  •  8
    In That Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 5 (2-3): 227-227. 2008.
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    Book review: Humane medicine by Miles Little (review)
    Bioethics 11 (1): 80-83. 1997.
    No abstract
  •  7
    The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority have recently granted a licence to perform preimplanation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for the homozygous form of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), explicitly excluding its use for the heterozygous form. The grounds for such decisions centre on how serious a condition is thought to be as well as on the availability of effective treatment, and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis. The case for licensing homozygous FH is discussed and compared w…Read more
  •  7
    Contemporary Bioethics, Medical Values, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship
    Australian Bioethics Association First National Conference 253-263. 1991.
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    The role of law in decisions to withhold and withdraw life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity: a cross-sectional study
    with Benjamin P. White, Lindy Willmott, Gail Williams, and Colleen Cartwright
    Journal of Medical Ethics 43 (5): 327-333. 2017.
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    Reasons doctors provide futile treatment at the end of life: a qualitative study
    with Lindy Willmott, Benjamin White, Cindy Gallois, Nicholas Graves, Sarah Winch, Leonie Kaye Callaway, Nicole Shepherd, and Eliana Close
    Journal of Medical Ethics 42 (8): 496-503. 2016.
  •  6
    In That Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 7 (2): 273-273. 2010.
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    Republication: In that Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 4 (2): 151-151. 2007.
  •  5
    Plural democratic societies encourage and require the tolerance of disparate views. However, in relation to contentious areas like assisted reproductive technologies and destructive embryo research, tolerance is strained by the normative force of our fundamental beliefs about the moral status of early human forms. Yet in the continuing debates, spokespersons for different positions often do not concede all the implications of their arguments, may sidestep the real moral issues, and can fail to b…Read more
  •  4
    In that Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 7 (4): 387-388. 2010.
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    Republication: In that Case
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 8 (1): 97-98. 2011.
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    The materials consist of a co-authored, peer-reviewed book, a co-authored, peer-reviewed book chapter, 30 single authored peer-reviewed journal papers, and 15 co-authored peer-reviewed journal papers, of which I was the lead author on 8 papers. There are 32 papers from Australasian journals, at least two of which are also regarded as international. 22 papers are published in international journals. The co-authored book was favourably described in his foreword by Justice Michael Kirby of the High…Read more
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    In That Case: To Report or Not to Report: That Is the Question
    Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 8 (3): 313-314. 2011.