Courtney Hempton is a bioethicist and interdisciplinary researcher. She has disciplinary training in psychology and bioethics, and research interests in health law, policy, and practice, particularly the regulation of dying and death, ageing, and mental health, and the history of bioethics.
Courtney is currently an Associate Research Fellow with the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. She contributes to the Australian Research Council-funded Discovery Early Career Research Award project ‘Bioethics in the antipodes: A history of Australian bioethics since the 1980s’ (DE170100550), led by Dr Christopher Mayes.
Courtney holds a Master of Bioethics, and is also currently a PhD Candidate with the Monash Bioethics Centre at Monash University. Her doctoral research is on the biopolitics of voluntary assisted dying, with focus on the emergence of law, policies, and practices regarding 'voluntary assisted dying' in the Australian state of Victoria.
Courtney is an Affiliate Member of the Centre for Health, Law and Society at La Trobe University. She serves on the Monash Health Clinical Ethics Committee, and both the Committee and the Student and Early Career Researcher Stream Committee of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.
In collaboration with Chris Mayes, Courtney also co-hosts Undisciplinary, a podcast that crosses the boundaries of history, ethics, and the politics of health.