The Monash Bioethics Centre addresses core ethical questions that arise in healthcare, science and technology to shape the social world in years to come. The core vision of the Centre is to contribute to creating a more ethical society, in which the potential of systems, technologies and policy is harnessed to promote health, wellbeing, and equity for all. Established in 1980 by Professor Peter Singer as Australia's first research centre devoted to bioethics (then named the Centre for Human Bioethics), it has developed into an international leader in the field.
We undertake groundbreaking research that influences policy and regulation, and has impact within delivery systems for health and wellbeing. Our research informs international and national scholarly debate, policy development and implementation and public understanding of the ethical dimensions of health, technology and society.
In education, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, we strive to build the next generation of thought leaders in ethics through up to date curricula delivered in ways that integrate innovative teaching modes and technologies.
In ethics leadership, we strive for community engagement to shape public debate on contemporary challenges, provide upskilling opportunities for current and future professionals in relevant areas and increase ethics literacy across society. The status of the Centre as a WHO Collaborating Centre is a central aspect of our national and international engagement.
From the Director, Catherine Mills:
In the contemporary world of global health crises, rapid technological development and international biotech markets, bioethics has never been more relevant or necessary. Bioethics helps understand how best to respond to diverse health needs to ensure a more equitable and ethical world for everyone.
Studying with us may help launch your career in this dynamic field. Our experts can also help to address the ethical, social and policy challenges that different institutions face in providing high quality healthcare. As Australia’s leading centre for bioethics research, the Monash Bioethics Centre makes a difference.