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David Carter is an academic lawyer whose work focuses on solving legal, regulatory and governance challenges involved in the delivery of safe, effective and sustainable healthcare services. He is a Senior Lecturer and National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the University of Technology Sydney where he also holds an appointment to the Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation in the UTS Business School.

David is the leader of the ethical, legal and social implications group of the OUTBREAK (One health Understanding Through Bacterial REsistance to Antibiotics Knowledge) project. OUTBREAK is an intelligence-driven decision support system taking a One Health approach - integrating data from humans, animals, plants and the environment to address the location-specific and person-specific threat of an antibiotic resistant infection now and for generations to come.

Prior to joining UTS, David worked in a variety of management roles in the healthcare and not-for-profit sector, ranging from primary healthcare services in remote Australia, rural and metropolitan health infrastructure development projects, the management of private hospitals and an iconic inner-city homelessness service, The Wayside Chapel.

He serves as an Assessor for the Australian Research Council and is a Visiting Fellow at the Brocher Foundation (Geneva, Switzerland) and a Visiting Researcher at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (RegNet) at the Australian National University. He is a member of the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of South East Sydney Local Health District, NSW Ministry of Health and the Ramsay Health Care NSW & Victoria HREC.

David has served on the Catholic Health Australia, National Legal Working Group Voluntary Assisted Dying and the Catholic Health Australia reference group for sector responses to COVID-19.


  • –present
    Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholar, University of Technology, Sydney
  • –present
    Associate Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney


    BA Communications (Social Inquiry), University of Technology, Sydney
    LLB (Hon I), University of Technology, Sydney
  • 2013 
    GradDipTheol, Melbourne College of Divinity/University of Divinity
  • 2011 
    University of New South Wales, LLM (Research)

Research Areas

  • Law And Legal Studies (18)
  • Law (1801)