A bioethical first
The Centre’s steering committee included chemist John Swan, philosopher Peter Singer, lawyer Louis Waller, physician W.A. Walters and Dominican priest L.P. Fitzgerald.
Staff in the Centre conducted research that was often controversial. The ethical issues broached included fertility, disability, euthanasia and embryo experimentation.
The Centre published a journal, Bioethics News (later Monash Bioethics Review) and put together public seminars, workshops and conferences.
The Monash Bioethics Centre continues to influence public policy, nationally and internationally.