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members of the ethicentre board

director – dr megan best

A/Prof Megan Best, PhD, MAAE, BMed(Hons) has over 30 years of experience in palliative care and medical ethics teaching, research and practice. She has taught medical ethics at tertiary level since 2001 and is currently an Associate Professor at the Institute for Ethics and Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia, where she is Convenor of Bioethics and Health Ethics. Her research has focussed on palliative care, spirituality in healthcare, whole person care and psycho-oncology. Her research on the spiritual care of patients has influenced the development of training for healthcare professionals internationally. She is a member of: the Executive for the Spiritual Care Taskforce of the European Association for Palliative Care and the board for the Anglican Defence Force. Throughout her career she has engaged with evidence-based health policy development, making important contributions to palliative care strategy and health legislation in Australia. She belongs to St Marks Anglican Church in Darling Point, Sydney.

dr michael jensen

Michael Jensen is the rector of St Mark’s Darling Point in Sydney. Before that he lectured in theology and church history at Moore Theological College. He has published a number of books, including Martyrdom and Identity: The Self on Trial and Is Forgiveness Really Free? He co-hosts the podcast With All Due Respect. 

dr david starling

Dr David Starling serves as Chief Academic Officer at Morling College, where he lectures in New Testament, Hermeneutics and Greek. He belongs to Chatswood Baptist Church and serves as a member of the Baptist World Alliance’s Commission on Baptist Doctrine and Christian Unity.

secretary – ms kate groom

Kate Groom is a director and co-founder of an accounting and advisory business. She helps small business clients to make sense of their figures and not be overwhelmed by the complexities of financial management. Kate also enjoys developing business systems and practical planning for small business. A member of several not for profit boards, Kate contributes in the areas of financial and board record keeping, risk management and strategic planning. Kate came to faith in Christ in the middle of her life and worships at an Anglican church in Sydney.

reference panel

Mrs Monica Cook, MScMed. (sex therapy, relationship counselling, natural fertility)

Associate Professor Neil Foster, LLM. University of Newcastle School of Law and Justice. (law)

Rev Dr Andrew Errington, PhD. Newtown Erskineville Anglican Church, Sydney. (christian ethics, political theology)

Rev Dr Chase R Kuhn, PhD. Moore Theological College, Sydney. (theological ethics, systematic theology)

Rev Dr John McClean, PhD. Christ College, Presbyterian Church of Australia. (theological ethics)

Emeritus Professor Kim Oates, MD, DSc, FRACP, PRCP, FAFPHM. University of Sydney and Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network. (paediatrics, child health and patient safety)

Professor Patrick Parkinson AM, LLD. University of Queensland. (family law; child protection [especially child sexual abuse]; children and adolescents experiencing gender incongruence)

Dr Dani Scarratt, PhD. Centre for Christian Apologetics, Scholarship and Education (CASE). (philosopy, history of ideas, epistemology)

Associate Professor Michael J Sleasman, PhD. Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. (bioethics, christian ethics, ethics of emerging technology, theology & culture, virtue ethics)

Mrs Patricia Weerakoon, MSc (Hawaii), MHPEd (NSW). Retired academic, University of Sydney. (sexology, sexual function, gender)

Professor John Wyatt, FRCP Lond. University College London, UK. (clinical ethics, biomedical technology)

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