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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Publications

Book

  • Stewart, Cameron, Kerridge, Ian and Parker, Malcolm (2008). The Australian medico-legal handbook. 1 ed. Sydney ; Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier.

Book Chapter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Parker, Malcolm Holbrook (1996). The Sanctity of Life and Resource Allocation: Voluntarism, Coercion & the Common Good. 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

  • Parker, Malcolm Holbrook ed. (1994). Conference Proceedings: Ethics and the Practice of Medicine. Conference on Ethics and the Practice of Medicine, The University of Queensland, October, 1994. Brisbane, Qld, Australia: The University of Queensland.

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

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

Completed Supervision