Children's Bioethics Centre


  • Team photo 2018 

    Management staff (left to right)

    • Associate Professor Jill Sewell is a senior paediatrician in the Centre for Community Child Health and Clinical Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne (RCH). She has over 35 years’ experience as a specialist in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. Her interests include clinical bioethics, early childhood development, training in community paediatrics, medical education, medical regulation and health service delivery. Jill has held a number of state and national leadership roles in these areas, and is currently the Chair of the Victorian Clinical Council.

    • Professor Clare Delany is a senior clinical ethicist with the Children’s Bioethics Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH). 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 an experienced clinical ethicist, originally trained in philosophy (MA, 1988, Oxon) and bioethics (PhD, Monash, 2000).  Lynn is the Academic Director of the Children’s Bioethics Centre at The Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne (RCH). She is also Professor in Health Ethics at the University of Melbourne, in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. Lynn works in clinical ethics case consultation at the RCH, and has been involved in over 200 ethics consultations over the past 12 years. At the RCH 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.

    • Associate Professor John Massie is a paediatric respiratory physician at the RCH and deputy chair of the RCH Clinical Ethics Committee. John 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 Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne and Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. John is currently on sabbatical with the Children’s Bioethics Centre.

    • Dr Jenny Hynson is Medical Director of the Victorian Paediatric Palliative Care Program. She has contributed to major texts and articles in the field of palliative care. Jenny is Team Leader and coordinates the case consultation team for the Children's Bioethics Centre.  Jenny has made major contributions to state health policy around advanced directives and end of life care.

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

      Post-Doc Researchers

    • 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.

      PhD students

    • Ms Georgina Hall