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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Elizabeth Fenton

PositionLecturer
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsPhD (Virginia) MPH (Virginia)
Research summaryPublic health ethics, global health, resource prioritisation, health policy
TeachingBioethics teaching across health professional schools; Lecturer BITC 404 (Ethics and Health Care); Lecturer PHIL 235 (Environmental Philosophy)

Research

My research focuses on the ethical, political, and social dimensions of public health and health policy. I am particularly interested in notions of fairness and equity in health resource allocation and policy making. I draw on a background in philosophy and public health, as well as my experience working for two national advisory bodies, first the National Ethics Advisory Committee in New Zealand, and later the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues in Washington D.C.

I have published on a range of topics in bioethics, including human rights, conscientious objection, enhancement, and fairness in resource prioritisation.

Publications

Fenton, E., & Chillag, K. (2021). Conditions of global health crisis decision-making: An ethical analysis. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11673-021-10100-8

Fenton, E. (2020). Management of personal protective equipment in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: Report from the Auditor-General. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1522), 144-148. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Fenton, E. (2019). Equity and preventive regulations [Response]. Journal of Medical Ethics, 45, 329-330. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105352

Fenton, E., & Hanfling, D. (2019). Natural and industrial disaster events, public health, and ethics. In A. C. Mastroianni, J. P. Kahn & N. E. Kass (Eds.), Oxford handbook of public health ethics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190245191.013.68

Fenton, E., Chillag, K., & Michael, N. L. (2015). Ethics preparedness for public health emergencies: Recommendations from the Presidential Bioethics Commission. American Journal of Bioethics, 15(7), 77-79. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1054162

Fenton, E., & Chillag, K. (2021). Conditions of global health crisis decision-making: An ethical analysis. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11673-021-10100-8

Journal - Research Article

Fenton, E. (2020). Management of personal protective equipment in New Zealand during the COVID-19 pandemic: Report from the Auditor-General. New Zealand Medical Journal, 133(1522), 144-148. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Fenton, E. (2019). Equity and preventive regulations [Response]. Journal of Medical Ethics, 45, 329-330. doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105352

Journal - Research Other

Fenton, E., & Hanfling, D. (2019). Natural and industrial disaster events, public health, and ethics. In A. C. Mastroianni, J. P. Kahn & N. E. Kass (Eds.), Oxford handbook of public health ethics. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190245191.013.68

Chapter in Book - Research

Fenton, E., Chillag, K., & Michael, N. L. (2015). Ethics preparedness for public health emergencies: Recommendations from the Presidential Bioethics Commission. American Journal of Bioethics, 15(7), 77-79. doi: 10.1080/15265161.2015.1054162

Journal - Research Other

Arras, J. D., Fenton, E., & Kukla, R. (Eds.). (2015). Routledge companion to bioethics (1st ed.). New York, NY: Routledge, 608p.

Edited Book - Research

Fenton, E. (2013). Conscience and health. Ethical Perspectives, 20(1), 132-143. doi: 10.2143/EP.20.1.2965129

Journal - Research Article

Fenton, E. (2011). Mind the gap: Ethical issues of private treatment in the public health system. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1334), 89-96. Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Other

Fenton, E. (2010). Making fair funding decisions for high cost cancer care: The case of herceptin in New Zealand. Public Health Ethics, 3(2), 137-146. doi: 10.1093/phe/phq011

Journal - Research Article

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