Courtney Hempton

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Courtney Hempton holds a Master of Bioethics, and is a PhD Candidate with the Monash Bioethics Centre at Monash University. She has particular interest in the regulation of dying and death, and her current doctoral research focuses on the emergence of law and policy regarding ‘voluntary assisted dying’ in the Australian state of Victoria.

Earlier this year Courtney was a Visiting Scholar with both the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University and The Hastings Center, and coordinated the ‘Ethics at End of Life’ seminar series as part of the Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics for the Yale Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics.

Additionally, Courtney teaches bioethics into the medicine and surgery program at both Deakin University and Monash University. She also coordinates Emerging Researchers in Ageing, a higher education initiative that provides support to graduate students undertaking research across the field of ageing in Australia.

Courtney completed undergraduate and honours degrees in behavioural science, and has previously been engaged as a researcher across the health sector, conducting empirical studies and publishing on aspects of dementia care, elder abuse, palliative care, and psycho-oncology.

Courtney serves on the Monash Health Voluntary Assisted Dying Working Group, the Monash Health Clinical Ethics Committee, and both the Committee and the Student and Early Career Researcher Stream Committee of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

Courtney has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Natural Death Advocacy Network since 2015.

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