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Professor of Bioethics, Macquarie University

Wendy Lipworth is a bioethicist and health social scientist and Professor of Bioethics at Macquarie University. 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.

Wendy's research sits at the intersection of bioethics and professional ethics, with a particular focus on the ethics of biomedical research, innovation and translation. She supervises Masters and PhD students and teaches applied ethics to philosophy and biotechnology students.

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

She is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Steering Committees of the Australian Ethical Health Alliance and Brain Cancer Australia.


  • 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)