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Senior Research Fellow, Public Health Law, The University of Melbourne

Dr Marie Bismark is dually-trained as a doctor and lawyer, who works as a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Melbourne's Law and Public Health group. In addition to her academic appointment, Marie works as a Consultant to Buddle Findlay’s health law team and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of health sector organisations, including Dispute Resolution Services and Family Planning New Zealand. Marie has previously worked as a doctor in a number of New Zealand hospitals, served as a legal adviser to the Health and Disability Commissioner, and completed a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Marie has published widely on no-fault compensation, patient safety and healthcare complaints resolution.


  • 2006–present
    Health lawyer, Buddle Findlay
  • 2010–present
    Senior Research Fellow, University of Melbourne
  • 2004–2005
    Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy, Harvard School of Public Health
  • 2001–2004
    Researcher and legal adviser, Office of the Health and Disability Commissioner, New Zealand
  • 1997–1999
    Junior doctor, Auckland Hospital


  • 2001 
    Victoria University of Wellington, Bachelor of Laws
  • 2001 
    University of Otago, Master of Bioethics and Health Law
  • 1997 
    University of Otago, Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery


  • 2011
    Prevalence and characteristics of complaint-prone doctors in Victoria, Australia, Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2010
    Realising the research power of complaints data. , New Zealand Medical Journal
  • 2006
    Claiming behaviour in New Zealand's no-fault system of medical injury compensation, Medical Journal of Australia
  • 2006
    No-fault compensation in New Zealand: harmonizing compensation, accountability, and patient safety, Health Affairs
  • 2006
    Medically injured patients seek monetary and non-monetary forms of accountability, Canadian Medical Association Journal
  • 2006
    Patient motivations for medico-legal action: lessons from New Zealand, Journal of Legal Medicine
  • 2005
    “Doing the right thing” after adverse events., New Zealand Medical Journal

Research Areas

  • Public Health And Health Services (1117)
  • Administrative Law (180103)
  • Medical Ethics (220106)
  • Applied Ethics (2201)
  • Public Policy (160510)


Gerry Murphy Prize, RACP (2011)Institute of Director’s Aspiring Director Award (2007-2008)Harkness Fellowship (2004-2005)Chris Highfield Prize in Public Law (2000)Otago Prize in Psychological Medicine (1997)