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Bioethics Centre staff profile

Dr Sarah Bush

PositionProfessional Practice Fellow
DepartmentBioethics Centre
QualificationsMBHL MBChB PGDipBHL
Research summaryThe focus of my Master of Bioethics and Health Law was the ethical and legal permissibility of testing embryos for low IQ.
  • Bioethics teaching to students of medicine, pharmacy, and physiotherapy
  • Co-ordinate and support other tutors
  • Tutor of EPE (Early Professional Experience) to medical students
MembershipsCommittee member on the University of Otago Human Ethics Committe (Health)


I plan to pursue a PhD, with a focus on public health ethics. I am interested in how we define and portray health issues affecting New Zealanders, which have significant impacts on New Zealand society as a whole. I would like to look at whether we need to move from a framework of libertarianism and individual responsibility to a more communitarian, public health-centred approach.


McHugh, P., Smith, M., Wright, N. S., Bush, S., & Pullon, S. (2019). If you don't eat meat... you'll die: A mixed-method survey of health-professionals' beliefs. Nutrients, 11, 3028. doi: 10.3390/nu11123028