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Senior Research Fellow, Bioethics, University of Sydney

Wendy Lipworth is a bioethicist and health social scientist. She completed her medical degree at UNSW in 1999, and moved into academia in 2002. She has since completed a MSc by research (Sydney University) on biobanking ethics; a PhD (Sydney University) on the ethics of journal peer review; and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at UNSW on pharmaceutical policy. She is currently a Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine.

Wendy's research has four streams, focused on:
- The ethics of drug development
- The ethics of evidence-based medicine and health technology assessment
- The ethics of health-related publishing, and
- The ethics of research and policymaking using biobanks, big data and real world evidence.

Methodologically, she is an empirical bioethicist, combining qualitative empirical research with theoretical analysis to inform policy and practice.


  • 2010–2011
    Postdoctoral Research fellow. Australian Institute of Health Innovation, University of New South Wales
  • 2010–2011
    Affiliate, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney


  • 2009 
    University of Sydney, PhD, Medicine
  • 2005 
    University of Sydney, Master of Science, History and Philosophy of Science
  • 1999 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery
  • 1994 
    University of New South Wales, Bachelor of Science (Medicine) Hons Class I

Research Areas

  • Bioethics (Human And Animal) (220101)
  • Sociology (1608)