Over the next three years, the IES is seeking to develop a strong research focus in Bioethics – a field which is central to the work of the University of Notre Dame as a Catholic University which trains students for the medical and healthcare professions. The Catholic bioethical tradition is valued for the guidance and decision-making framework it provides to practitioners, patients, families and the community in the complex contexts within which contemporary healthcare is practised. Crucial considerations within this area of study include the existence and reality of human persons and the way in which the biological, philosophical and spiritual dimensions of their being impact upon the choices we make with regard to healthcare and biomedical research. The interaction between, on the one hand, the gifts of medicine and the imperatives of biomedical technology and, on the other, the preservation of life, must be carefully considered and balanced by ethical considerations associated with the care of the sick, the suffering, the dying and the unborn. This developing research area focusses on understanding and articulating what good or appropriate care entails within the complex contexts in which contemporary healthcare is provided.


Prof. Sandra Lynch (Director, IES, UNDA)

The Most Reverend Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney
Archbishop Fisher is Adjunct Professor of Moral Theology and Bioethics at the Institute for Ethics and Society and the School of Philosophy and Theology at the University of Notre Dame Australia. He is the author of Catholic Bioethics for a New Millennium, published by Cambridge University Press (2012).

Assoc. Prof. Ray Campbell, Director, Queensland Bioethics Centre