Emeritus Professor Malcolm Parker

Emeritus Professor

St Lucia Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

My research interests cover a number of areas within history and philosophy of science and medicine, moral psychology, bioethics and medical ethics, health law, and medical education, with particular interests in philosophy of psychiatry, end-of-life care and decisions, reproductive medicine, medical professionalism, research ethics, evidence-based medicine and complementary medicine.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Conceptual research in bioethical methodology, particularly principlism and global bioethics
  • Ethical aspects of the doctor-patient relationship
  • End-of-life issues including euthanasia, mandatory psychiatric review of requests for assisted death, psychiatric medicalisation, withdrawal of treatment, causation of death, competence determination, end-of-life policy-making
  • Reproductive issues including prenatal testing, posthumous conception and embryo research
  • Human research ethics
  • Changes in medical negligence and tort law
  • Evidence-based medicine: implications for medical ethics and relations to clinical judgement
  • Complementary and alternative medicine: scientific and ethical status, regulation, negligence, integration with orthodox medicine
  • Education in medical ethics, medical and health law, professionalism, medical humanities
  • Assessment of personal and professional behaviour of medical students
  • Statutory regulation of clinical competence and professional conduct

Research Interests

  • List of interests
    • Conceptual research in bioethical methodology, particularly principlism and global bioethics • Ethical aspects of the doctor-patient relationship • End-of-life issues including euthanasia, mandatory psychiatric review of requests for assisted death, psychiatric medicalisation, withdrawal of treatment, causation of death, competence determination, end-of-life policy-making • Reproductive issues including prenatal testing, posthumous conception and embryo research • Human research ethics • Changes in medical negligence and tort law • Evidence-based medicine: implications for medical ethics and relations to clinical judgement • Complementary and alternative medicine: scientific and ethical status, regulation, negligence, integration with orthodox medicine • Education in medical ethics, medical and health law, professionalism, medical humanities • Assessment of personal and professional behaviour of medical students • Statutory regulation of clinical competence and professional conduct

Research Impacts

My research has had direct or indirect impact in the following areas:

  • Management of impaired doctors and medical students - leader in development of curriculum, teaching and assessment of medical professionalism and student behaviour, via publications, research-based developments at UQ and invited national and international contributions.
  • Medical education - improving and expanding medical ethics and law education in Australia, via publication and research-based development of curricum, teaching and assessment.
  • Human research ethics - broadening the remit of the National Statement on Research Involving Humans beyond the medical categories, via collaborative contributions to the research literature.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Medicine, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Health & Medical Law, University of Melbourne
  • Master of Letters, University of New England
  • Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Parker, Malcolm (2014). Medical and Health Ethics and Law. In Health Law in Australia 2nd ed. (pp. 23-67) Pyrmont NSW: Thomson Reuters.

  • Parker, M. (2014). Medical law and ethics (component throughout dictionary). In P. Harris, S. Nagy and N. Vardaxis (Ed.), Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions 3rd ANZ edition ed. (pp. 1-1853) Sydney Australia: Elsevier.

  • Parker, Malcolm (2013). Australia and New Zealand. In Roger Worthington and Richard Hays (Ed.), Practical professionalism in medicine: a global case-based workbook (pp. xx-xx) Milton Keynes, United Kingdom: Radcliffe Health.

  • Parker, Malcolm (2011). Adolescent Confidentiality. In D. Diekema, M. Mercurio and M. Adam (Ed.), Clinical Ethics in Pediatrics: A Case-Based Textbook. (pp. 18-22) Cambridge, England, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511740336.005

  • Parker, Macolm (2010). Communication and Professional Behaviour. In M Groves and J Fitzgerald (Ed.), Promoting Patient-Centred Care: Communication Skills in Medicine (pp. 173-186) Melbourne Victoria: IP Publications.

  • Parker, Malcolm H. (2010). Medical and health ethics. In Ben White, Fiona McDonald and Lindy Willmott (Ed.), Health law in Australia (pp. 23-60) Pyrmont, N.S.W., Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Parker, Malcolm (2010). Medical law and ethics (ie component throughout dictionary). In Peter Harris, Sue Nagy and Nicholas Vardaxis (Ed.), 2 ed. (pp. 1-2015) Chatswood, N.S.W., Australia: Elsevier Australia.

  • Devereux, John and Parker, Malcolm (2006). Competency issues for young persons and older persons. In Ian R. Freckelton and Kerry Anne Petersen (Ed.), Disputes and Dilemmas in Health Law (pp. 54-76) Annandale, N.S.W., Australia: Federation Press.

  • Parker, M. H. (2005). Medical law and ethics (ie component throughout dictionary). In P. Harris, S. Nagy and N. Vardaxis (Ed.), Mosby's Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing & Health Professions () Sydney: Mosby-Elsevier.

  • Parker, M. and Cartwright, C. (2005). Mental capacity in medical practice and advance care planning: Clinical, ethical and legal issues. In B. Collier, C. Coyne and K. Sullivan (Ed.), Mental Capacity: Powers of Attorney and Advance Health Directives 1 ed. (pp. 56-92) Sydney, Australia: Federation Press.

  • Parker, Malcolm Holbrook (1996). The Sanctity of Life and Resource Allocation: Voluntarism, Coercion & the Common Good. In An Easeful Death? : Perspectives on Death, Dying and Euthanasia (pp. 129-136) Leichhardt, N.S.W., Australia: Federation Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

Edited Outputs

  • Conference Proceedings: Ethics and the Practice of Medicine (1994) . Edited by Parker, Malcolm Holbrook. Conference on Ethics and the Practice of Medicine, October, 1994, The University of Queensland.

  • Ethics and the Practice of Medicine (1994) . Edited by Malcolm Parker. Ethics and the Practice of Medicine. Faculty of Medicine Conference, 27 October 1994, Brisbane, Australia.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision