​HEAP is a multi-disciplinary panel with expertise in health ethics, clinical practice, consumer concerns, community issues related to health care, law and philosophy.

Its role is to provide advice to the Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health on: 

  • ethical issues relating to clinical policies, guidielines, protocols and practices
  • emerging ethical issues affecting the health system
  • legal and consumer issues relating to ethics in clinical care. 

Members of HEAP are appointed by Chief Health Officer and Deputy Secretary, Population and Public Health.

Health Ethics Advisory Panel members

Clinical medical practice

Dr Chris Ryan
Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, Westmead Hospital​

Consumer health issues

Mr Adam Johnston

Law

Ms Julie Hamblin
Partner, HWL Ebsworth Lawyers ​

Professor Cameron Stewart
Pro Dean and Professor of Health, Law and Ethics, University of Sydney

Nursing or allied health practice

Professor Mary Chiarella
Professor of Nursing, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Sydney

Pastoral care

Ms Marian Martin
Pastoral care, Camden and Cambelltown hospitals

Philosophy

Professor Wendy Rogers
Professor of Clinical Ethics, Department of Philosophy and Australian School of Advanced Medicine, Macquarie University

Dr Bernadette Tobin
Director, Plunkett Centre for Ethics in Healthcare

Research, clinical or public health ethics

Associate Professor Stacy Carter
Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney

Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
Director, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney

Dr Ainsley Newson
Senior Lecturer, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney

NSW Health system senior management

vacant

Expertise in population health

vacant

Expertise in allied health

vacant

Expertise in health economics

vacant

Expertise in mental health 

vacant  

Lay person with an understanding of consumer health issues

vacant

Other members with relevant expertise

Ms Rebecca Lesic
Manager, Strategic Policy Unit, Office of the Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health

Ms Leanne O’ Shannessy
General Counsel and Director, Legal and Regulatory Services Branch, NSW Ministry of Health

Ms Rada Kusic
Director, Office of the Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health

Secretariat​

Office of the Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health

Enquiries regarding the HEAP should be directed to the Secretariat at moh-ocho@health.nsw.gov.au.  

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Page Updated: Monday 28 October 2019
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