​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, guidelines, 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


Professor Jackie Leach-Scully

Allied health

Ms Monique Sunderland

Clinical medical practice

Dr Christopher Ryan 

Community health issues

Robyn McIntosh
A/Professor Anna Shepherd 

Consumer health issues

Mr Adam Johnston
Ms Veronica Ganora

Health economics



Ms Julie Hamblin
Professor Cameron Stewart

Mental health 

Professor Wendy Cross

NSW Health system senior management

Professor Josephine Chow

Nursing or allied health practice

Professor Mary Chiarella  

Pastoral care

Ms Marian Martin  


Professor Wendy Rogers
Dr Bernadette Tobin  

Population health

Professor Janaki Amin  

Research, clinical or public health ethics

Associate Professor Stacy Carter
Associate Professor Ian Kerridge
Professor Ainsley Newson  

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 Sophie Tyner, Director, Office of the Chief Health Officer, NSW Ministry of Health 


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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