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Professor, Head of Department Bioethics, Deputy Dean Dunedin School of Medicine
Bioethics Centre
MHealSc PhD(Otago) DipPhty
Research summary
Clinical ethics, sports medicine ethics, ethical codes, medical education and professional issues.

Bioethics teaching occurs throughout the health professional schools at the University of Otago and to undergraduate and postgraduate Bioethics students. I am the convenor of Professional Development for year 2-3 medical students. I also teach senior medical students, physiotherapy, dentistry and oral health students. I also contribute to postgraduate Bioethics teaching and supervision of students.

  • Health Research Council Ethics Committee (Chair, until mid-2019)


Clinical ethics are a major interest and have led to collaborations and research outputs on ethical consideration of:

  • Incidental findings in surgery
  • Limits of persuasion / coercion of inpatients for physiotherapy
  • Proactive contraceptive provision
  • The use of surrogacy in NZ

Sports medicine ethics was the topic of my PhD and has led to numerous research outputs and writing a code of ethics for the Australasian College of Sport and Exercise Medicine. I have also written codes of ethics for the NZ Physiotherapy Board and one for Sports Physiotherapy Special Interest Group.

My interest in professional issues and medical education has led to collaboration and the development of the CAPLE project (Creating a Positive Learning Environment). The CAPLE project is a research packed intervention to encourage positive relationships between staff and health professional students.


Knox, T., Gilbert, A., & Anderson, L. (2024). Concussion management in pediatric patients: Ethical concerns. Sport, Ethics & Philosophy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/17511321.2024.2361925 Journal - Research Article

Madgwick, J., Cornwall, J., & Anderson, L. (2023). Medical students' initial experiences of the dissection room and body donors through a Pasifika lens. In R. Richards, I. Walter, A. Finigan, T. Ruhe, L. Avia, M. Schaaf & E. Fehoko (Eds.), Proceedings of the Pacific Postgraduate Symposium: Pacific Voices XX. (pp. 21). Dunedin, New Zealand: Pacific Islands Centre, University of Otago. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Madgwick, J., Anderson, L., & Cornwall, J. (2023). Medical students' initial experiences of the dissection room and interaction with body donors: Informing professional identity formation and the influence of Pasifika culture. Proceedings of the 10th Asia Pacific International Congress of Anatomists (APICA) and the 20th Australian & New Zealand Association of Clinical Anatomists (ANZACA) Conference: Reconnect, Ka Mua, Ka Muri. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Walker, S., Reid, P., Anderson, L., Bull, S., Jonas, M., Manning, J., … Pitama, S., Rennie, S., Snelling, J., Wilkinson, T., & Bagg, W. (2023). Informed consent for medical student involvement in patient care: An updated consensus statement. New Zealand Medical Journal/Te ara tika o te hauora hapori, 136(1579), 86-95. Retrieved from Journal - Research Article

Allen, K., Anderson, L., King, M., & Mullan, S. (2023). Competing interests at the heart of equine sports medicine ethics: A scoping review and thematic analysis. Equine Veterinary Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/evj.13942 Journal - Research Other

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