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Team

  • Team photo 2018 

    Management staff (left to right)

    • Associate Professor Jill Sewell is a senior paediatrician in the Centre for Community Child Health and recently retired Clinical Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre (2014-2019). Jill will remain an active member of the Children's Bioethics Centre team.

    • Professor Clare Delany is a Clinical Ethicist at the Children’s Bioethics Centre. At the University of Melbourne, Clare co-ordinates the Masters of Clinical Education and is Research Higher Degree Co-ordinator in the Department of Medical Education, Melbourne Medical School. 

    • Professor Lynn Gillam is the Academic Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre. She is an experienced clinical ethicist, originally trained in philosophy (MA, 1988, Oxon) and bioethics (PhD, Monash, 2000).  Lynn is also Professor in Health Ethics at the University of Melbourne, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Lynn has extensive experience in clinical ethics case consultations. She also provides policy advice and leads research into a range of issues in paediatric clinical ethics - including end of life decision-making, management of disorders of sex development, information-giving to children, and parental refusal of treatment.

    • Professor John Massie is the Clinical Lead of the Children's Bioethics Centre (from 2019). John is a paediatric respiratory physician at the RCH and looks after children requiring ventilator support (both non-invasive and tracheostomy ventilation). He also works in the RCH cystic fibrosis clinic. John has published a number of papers and book chapters on ethical issues relating to paediatric respiratory medicine. John is a Clinical Professor at the University of Melbourne and Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

    • Associate Professor Jenny Hynson is the Clinical Lead of the Clinical Ethics Response Group (CERG). She is Head of the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program. Jenny has contributed to major texts and articles in the field of palliative care. Jenny is the Clinical Lead for the Clinical Ethics Response Group.  Jenny has made major contributions to state health policy around advance directives and end of life care.

    • Dr Merle Spriggs is a Senior Research Fellow at the Children’s Bioethics Centre, The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH) and University of Melbourne.  Her expertise is in the areas of informed consent, patient autonomy, paediatric ethics, empirical ethics and the ethics of research practice.  Merle is a member of the RCH Clinical Ethics Committee and Clinical Ethics Response Group. The project she is currently working on is truth telling to seriously ill children with a focus on how clinicians manage situations where parents tell them not to give the child certain information.

    • Ms Karen Fellows is Clinical Ethics Administration Officer at the Children's Bioethics Centre. She supports the CBC team with all aspects of administration and co-ordination of clinical ethics case consultations.

    • Ms Georgina Hall is Education Officer at the Children's Bioethics Centre. She is involved in devising and delivering education and training programs within the centre to  advance the ethical literacy of all hospital staff including clinicians, junior medical staff and students. These tailored and responsive initiatives embed ethical decision-making in the hospital structure. Georgina also supports the practice-based, collaborative and translational research program which is aimed at supporting clinical practice.