Associate Professor Bernadette Richards

Associate Professor of Ethics and P

Academy for Medical Education
Faculty of Medicine


Bernadette Richards, BA, LLB (Hons), PhD has recently joined the University of Queensland Medical School as Associate Professor of Ethics and Professionalism. Prior to that she was working on the Future Health Technologies Project at the Singapore ETH Centre, Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE), Singapore, exploring trustworthy data governance. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Health Law Research and Adelaide Law School. She is a member of the NHMRC’s Australian Health Ethics Committee, the Embryo Research Licensing Committee and Dietary Guidelines Governance Committee and the South Australian Voluntary Assisted Dying Taskforce. She was previously the Chair of the Mitochondrial Donation Expert Working Committee and was involved in the proposed amendment to the law. Bernadette is the President of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL), and is an active researcher, having completed major projects on organ donation, consent to treatment and legal issues around innovative surgery. She is a chief investigator on three current major grants, NHMRC Partnership Grant, “Strategies for the inclusion of vulnerable populations in developing complex and sensitive public policy: A case study in Advance Care Planning”, NHMRC Ideas Grant, 'The algorithm will see you now: ethical, legal and social implications of adopting machine learning systems for diagnosis and screening' and ARC Discovery Grant, 'Support or Sales? Medical Device Representatives in Australian Hospitals'. Her co-authored book, ‘Technology, Innovation and Healthcare: An evolving relationship’ was published in February 2022 and she has published over 90 journal articles, book chapters and books.


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Book Chapter

  • Richards, Bernadette (2023). Reflections on these leading works. Leading Works in Health Law and Ethics. (pp. 255-268) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003146612-18

  • Bennett, Belinda and Richards, Bernadette (2022). Reproductive technologies and reproductive rights: the role of law and ethics. The Cambridge handbook of information technology, life sciences and human rights. (pp. 113-121) edited by Marcello Ienca, Oreste Pollicino, Laura Liguori, Elisa Stefanini and Roberto Andorno. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108775038.011

  • Richards, Bernadette J. (2020). A court of morals, a court of law, or a little bit of both?. Religion matters: the contemporary relevance of religion. (pp. 55-66) edited by Paul Babie and Rick Sarre. Singapore: Springer Nature. doi: 10.1007/978-981-15-2489-9_4

  • Richards, Bernadette J. (2019). Autonomy and the law widely used, poorly defined. Beyond Autonomy: Limits and Alternatives to Informed Consent in Research Ethics and Law. (pp. 17-32) edited by David G. Kirchhoffer, and Bernadette J. Richards. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press. doi: 10.1017/9781108649247.002

  • Richards, Bernadette (2018). General principles of consent to medical treatment. Health Law in Australia . (pp. 135-157) edited by Ben White, Fiona McDonald and Lindy Willmott. Australia: Thomson Reuters.

  • Richards, Bernadette (2015). Medical law and ethics: divergence and convergence. Law and Popular Culture in Australia. (pp. 61-77) edited by Melissa de Zwart, Bernadette Richards and Suzanne Le Mire. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

  • Richards, Bernadette (2015). Negligence and tort law: the corruption myth. Law and Popular Culture in Australia. (pp. 17-29) edited by Melissa de Zwart, Bernadette Richards and Suzanne Le Mire. Australia: LexisNexis Butterworths.

  • Richards, Bernadette (2013). Informed choice not informed consent: Shifting focus and protecting interests. Ethics, Law and Society. (pp. 183-199) edited by Nicky Priaulx and Anthony Wrigley. London, United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781315094342-13

  • Richards, Bernadette (2013). Patient consent conversation. Legal and Forensic Medicine. (pp. 853-864) Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-32338-6_32

Journal Article

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