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    Vulnerability in human research
    with Colin J. H. Thomson
    Monash Bioethics Review 38 (1): 68-82. 2020.
    The conduct of prior ethics review of human research projects helps to protect vulnerable groups or populations from potential negative impacts of research. Contemporary considerations in human research considers the concept of vulnerability in terms of access to research opportunities, impacts on the consenting process, selection bias, and the generalisability of results. Recent work questions the validity of using enumerated lists as a check box approach to protect research participants from e…Read more
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    The value of respect in human research ethics: a coneptual analysis and a practical guide
    with Colin J. H. Thomason
    Monash Bioethics Review 32 (3-4): 232-253. 2014.
    In order to continue to maintain public trust and confidence in human research, participants must be treated with respect. Researchers and Human Research Ethics Committee members need to be aware that modern considerations of this value include: the need for a valid consenting process, the protection of participants who have their capacity for consent compromised; the promotion of dignity for participants; and the effects that human research may have on cultures and communities. This paper expla…Read more
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    Contextualising Merit and Integrity within Human Research
    with Colin J. H. Thomason
    Monash Bioethics Review 29 (4): 39-48. 2011.
    The first consideration of any Australian Human Research Ethics Committee should be to satisfy itself that the project before them is worth undertaking. If the project does not add to the body of knowledge, if it does not improve social welfare or individual wellbeing then the use of human participants, their tissue or their data must be questioned. Sometimes, however, committees are criticised for appearing to adopt the role of scientific review committees. The intent of this paper is to provid…Read more
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    Beneficence as a principle in human research
    with Colin J. H. Thomson
    Monash Bioethics Review 34 (2): 117-135. 2016.
    Beneficence is one of the four principles that form the basis of the Australian National Statement. The aim of this paper is to explore the philosophical development of this principle and to clarify the role that beneficence plays in contemporary discussions about human research ethics. By examining the way that guidance documents, particularly the National Statement, treats beneficence we offer guidance to researchers and human research ethics committee members on the practical application of w…Read more
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    Justice in Human Research Ethics: A Conceptual and Practical Guide
    with C. J. Thomson
    Monash Bioethics Review 31 (1): 99-116. 2013.
    One of the core values to be applied by a body reviewing the ethics of human research is justice. The inclusion of justice as a requirement in the ethical review of human research is relatively recent and its utility had been largely unexamined until debates arose about the conduct of international biomedical research in the late 1990s. The subsequent amendment of authoritative documents in ways that appeared to shift the meaning of conceptions of justice generated a great deal of controversy. A…Read more