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64 3 471 6120
Senior Lecturer
Bioethics Centre
Medical Doctor. Specialist in palliative medicine, paediatric palliative care, and family medicine.
Research summary
End-of-life medical issues for adults and children, and high-stakes decision-making for children.
  • Co-convenor, BITC 405 Bioethics in Clinical Practice
  • Tutor, ELM2 tutorial Clinical Skills
  • Tutor, ELM2 tutorial Early Professional Experience
  • Lecturer and tutor for Bioethics Longitudinal Model, Otago School of Medicine
  • Palliative Medicine Education, including lectures and tutorials on symptom management, last days of life (ALM), and pain management (ALM5).
  • Paediatrics education – adolescent decision-making and paediatric palliative care
  • Ethics of genetics
  • Australia New Zealand Society of Palliative Medicine
  • Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law
  • American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Academy of Family Medicine
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

I work half time (plus on call) at the Otago Community Hospice where I see patients and oversee clinical medical student education in Palliative Medicine. In prior years I have been the director of a Paediatric Palliative Care programme at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, where I was also in a leadership role of the Clinical Ethics Committee.


I am interested in Clinical Ethics consultations, especially regarding dilemmas in paediatrics and end-of-life care.

Additional details

  • I have previously taught modules on Literature in Medicine.
  • I work half time at the University of Otago and half time at the Otago Community Hospice.
  • I worked at the Bay of Islands Hospital, Kawakawa, in 2005–2006.
  • I am from Ohio, USA. My husband has a PhD in European and Military History and we have three children.
  • I realised as I wrote this how much I like living and working in places that begin and end in “O”.


Young, J., Snelling, J., Beaumont, S., Diesfeld, K., White, B., Willmott, L., … Egan, R., … Winters, J. (2023). What do health care professionals want to know about assisted dying? Setting the research agenda in New Zealand. BMC Palliative Care, 22, 40. doi: 10.1186/s12904-023-01159-8 Journal - Research Article

Penfield Winters, J., Owens, F., & Winters, E. (2023). Dirty work: Well-intentioned mental health workers cannot ameliorate harms in offshore detention. Journal of Medical Ethics, 49, 563-568. doi: 10.1136/jme-2022-108348 Journal - Research Article

Penfield Winters, J., Pickering, N., & Jaye, C. (2022). Winging it: A qualitative study of knowledge-acquisition experiences for early adopting providers of medical assistance in dying. Palliative Care & Social Practice, 16, 1-12. doi: 10.1177/26323524221103889 Journal - Research Article

Penfield Winters, J. (2022). Oceania 1.6.1: New Zealand. In N. Nortjé & J. C. Bester (Eds.), Pediatric ethics: Theory and practice. (pp. 15-16). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-86182-7_1 Chapter in Book - Research

Young, J. E., Winters, J., Snelling, J., White, B., Gavaghan, C., Geddis, A., & Egan, R. (2021). The End of Life Choice Act: A proposed implementation and research agenda. New Zealand Medical Journal, 134(1544), 145-158. Retrieved from Journal - Research Other

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