DR Ros McDougall

DR Ros McDougall


  • Bioethics
  • Clinical ethics
  • Reproductive ethics



  • Dr Rosalind McDougall is a Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She has expertise in philosophical bioethics and qualitative research. Her particular areas of interest include clinical ethics and reproductive ethics. She is the author of over thirty journal articles and book chapters, and the editor of When Doctors and Parents Disagree: Ethics, Paediatrics and the Zone of Parental Discretion (Federation Press, 2016). Dr McDougall completed the BPhil at the University of Oxford in 2005, developing a virtue ethics approach to the moral assessment of reproductive technologies. Her PhD was awarded by the University of Melbourne in 2010 and investigated the ethical challenges experienced by junior doctors. She has previously worked at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and for Children’s Hospitals Australasia. From 2012-2017, she completed her postdoctoral fellowship (funded by the Australian Research Council - Discovery Early Career Researcher Award), addressing the question “when should health professionals override parents’ decisions about a child’s medical treatment?”. Dr McDougall has been involved in providing clinical ethics support in hospitals since 2008, and co-leads the Australasian Clinical Ethics Network.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2010
  • BPhil, University of Oxford 2005
  • BA(Hons), University of Melbourne 2003
  • BSc, University of Melbourne 2002


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Available for supervision of research projects in bioethics - particularly topics about ethical challenges faced by health professionals