Invitation to Attend

On behalf of the organising committee it is our pleasure to invite you to the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) conference in Perth from the 2nd-4th of October 2014, at the University of Western Australia. The theme of the conference is ‘How Should We Decide?’.

The intersections of health, bioethics and law raise challenging questions.  Advances in medical science and technology, increasingly sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic interventions and changing social circumstances reveal new ethical dilemmas.  How do we go about making sound decisions in the face of these challenges?

How do patients decide on their treatment or on participation in research? How do substitute decisions makers make decisions? How do clinicians decide on the treatment to offer?  How do governments make decisions on health policy and funding priorities?  Who makes decisions about the allocation of scarce resources?  How do we protect the rights of the vulnerable? How do courts exercise their power to protect vulnerable people in health care settings?

We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful city of Perth to discuss debate and reflect on these issues and many more.

Judy Allen, Stephen Honeybul, Felicity Flack and Camilla Scanlan
AABHL 2014 Convenors


University of Western Australia

The University of Western Australia is situated on the Swan River in Crawley. Its picturesque campus is renowned for its leafy gardens and its open green spaces.  Its sandstone buildings and shaded courtyards reflect the mild climate and relaxed lifestyle of Perth.

The University of Western Australia Crawley campus is 10 minutes by bus from the central business district of Perth and is connected by a cycle/walk path along the banks of the Swan River.



The Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) is Australia and New Zealand’s leading organisation concerned with issues of bioethics and health law.  Its members come from many disciplines including medicine, nursing, law, ethics, philosophy, healthcare administration, allied health and complementary healthcare.

AABHL encourages those with a professional interest in the relationship between law, bioethics, health care, public health, and global health governance, to become members.

AABHL was formed in 2009 from the amalgamation of the two leading Australasian organisations concerned with bioethical issues: the Australasian Bioethics Association and the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Health Law and Ethics, both established in the early 1990s.

 AABHL’s main aims are to:

  • Advance the study of bioethics and health law in Australasia;
  • Increase public awareness of bioethics and health law issues;
  • Promote public debate and to facilitate communication with and to the public, governments, organisations and the media about bioethics and health law issues;
  • Fund, promote and conduct research on bioethics and health law;
  • Hold an annual conference and regular state-based activities as a means of furthering bioethics and health law education and debate;
  • Provide an information resource and to liaise with other bodies with similar aims;
  • Provide bioethics and health law education and to support scholarship.


Latest Information

Restaurant Guide
Please click here to view the AABHL Restaurant Guide for plenty of dining ideas for your stay in Perth.

Invited Speakers
W/Prof. Christobel Saunders
Dr Elmi Muller
Prof. Mike Daube
Magistrate Catherine Crawford
Justice Edelman
Prof. Bernadette McSherry
Prof. Neil Levy

Conference Mailing List
Follow this link to join the AABHL Conference mailing list.

New Members can join AABHL by clicking here.


Silver & Welcome Sponsor

Venue Sponsor

Speaker Sponsor

Student Prize Sponsor

The 2014 conference offers a range of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities.

Click here to view what options are available.

Please contact Anna Boyes at the Conference Secretariat to discuss your sponsorship and exhibition requirements.

P: 03 6231 2999
E: Anna Boyes

Who Should Attend?

This conference is targeted to academics and practitioners from the following professions and disciplines:

  1. All aspects of healthcare
  2. Policy development
  3. Medico-legal
  4. Education
  5. Ethics/Philosophy
  6. Research


Important Dates

Abstracts Due 30 May 2014
Abstract Notifications Late June 2014
Presenter Registration 7 July 2014
Student Essays Due 18 July 2014
Early-Bird Closes 15 August 2014
Conference 2 Oct 2014

Organising Committee

Judy Allen
Stephen Honeybul
Felicity Flack
Camilla Scanlan

Committee Members
Brian Stafford
Dale Pugh

Stream Leaders
Wendy Rogers
Ainsley Newson
Bill Madden
Andrew Crowden
Katrina Bramstedt
Karolyn White