PhD Candidate, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, Queensland University of Technology

Eliana Close is interested in the legal and ethical dilemmas that arise in response to the changing landscape of death and dying. She has published on various aspects of end-of-life law, policy and practice, with a particular focus on decision making in critical care and voluntary assisted dying. Her doctoral research examines the regulation of disputes about potentially life-sustaining treatment and is funded by the Australian Research Council Postgraduate Training Program and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in End of Life Care.

Eliana graduated with First Class Honours in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Canada and completed her MA in Law at Oxford University, as Rhodes Scholar. Prior to coming to QUT, Eliana worked as a management consultant at Google and conducted criminal prosecutions and appeals with the Alberta Crown Prosecution service, with expertise in litigating complex Charter of Rights issues.

Eliana is currently a member of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Clinical Ethics Consultation Service, which provides ethical consultation for treating teams and a collaborative forum for case discussion around specific clinical ethical issues. She has presented on aspects of end-of-life law to medical audiences and has also contributed to curriculum development for the Victorian government’s voluntary assisted dying training for medical practitioners. Eliana was Research Fellow on the ARC Linkage Grant, Futile Treatment at the End of Life: Legal, policy, sociological, and economic perspectives. She is passionate about using empirical data to inform appropriate regulation.

Experience

  • 2014–present
    Senior Research Assistant, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT
  • 2018–present
    Sessional Academic, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology
  • 2012–2013
    Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Health Law Research, QUT

Education

  • 2006 
    University of Oxford, Master of Arts in Law (LLB equivalent)
  • 2002 
    University of Calgary, Bachelor of Science (First Class Hons) in Psychology

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law
  • Law Society of Alberta