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Professor Marie Bismark is a medical practitioner, health lawyer, and company director. She heads the Law and Public Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. In addition to her academic appointment, Marie works in psychiatry at The Royal Melbourne Hospital and serves on the Board of Directors of a number of health sector organisations including The Royal Women's Hospital. She has previously completed a Harkness Fellowship in Healthcare Policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Marie has published widely on the interface between clinician wellbeing, patient safety, and healthcare regulation. Her research has influenced policy and practice in Australia and internationally. Marie is the lead author of the recently published book: "Experiences of Health Workers in the COVID-19 pandemic: In Their Own Words".


  • 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)