Senior Research Fellow, Bioethics, University of Sydney

Wendy Lipworth is a bioethicist and health social scientist. She completed her medical degree at UNSW in 1999, and moved into academia in 2002. She has since completed a MSc by research (Sydney University) on biobanking ethics; a PhD (Sydney University) on the ethics of journal peer review; and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW on pharmaceutical policy. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine.

Wendy's research has four streams, focused on:
- The ethics of drug development
- The ethics of evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment
- The ethics of health-related publishing, and
- The ethics of biobanking research.

Methodologically, she is an empirical bioethicist, combining qualitative empirical research with theoretical analysis to inform policy and practice.


  • 2010–2011
    Postdoctoral Research fellow. Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales
  • 2010–2011
    Affiliate, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney


  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, PhD, Medicine
  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, Master of Science, History and Philosophy of Science
  • 1999 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • 1994 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Science (Medicine) Hons Class I

Research Areas

  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)
  • Sociology (1608)