Ben White is a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology and a Director of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research. Prior to joining QUT, he worked as an associate at the Queensland Supreme Court and at Legal Aid Queensland before completing his doctorate on law reform at the University of Oxford on a Rhodes Scholarship. He was also a full-time and then part-time Commissioner of the Queensland Law Reform Commission when it reviewed the state’s adult guardianship laws.
Ben researches in the area of health law with a focus on end of life decision-making. He has published articles in legal, medical and bioethical journals and is co-editor of a leading Australian health law text, Health Law in Australia (2nd ed, Thomson, 2014).
Ben is also a Chief Investigator on four Australian Research Council funded interdisciplinary projects examining various aspects of end of life decision-making and advance planning, and an Associate Investigator on a National Health and Medical Research Council funded Centre of Research Excellence on End of Life Care. His funded end of life research includes examining:
• the role that law plays in decisions to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment from adults who lack capacity;
• why and how often futile treatment is provided at the end of life, and how doctors use the term ‘futility’ in decision-making; and
• how and if the community understand and act upon their legal right to participate in decisions about medical treatment at the end of life.