Department of Philosophy

Wendy Rogers

Wendy RogersBM.BS, BA Hons, PhD, Dip RACOG, MRCGP, FRACGP

Wendy came to Macquarie in 2009 as a CORE joint appointment between the Philosophy Department and the Australian School of Advanced Medicine. She initially trained as a general practitioner before undertaking philosophy honours and a PhD in medical ethics at Flinders University, after which she spent two years at the University of Edinburgh on an NHMRC post-doctoral fellowship. Prior to coming to Macquarie she spent five years leading the ethics, law and professionalism teaching in the School of Medicine at Flinders.

Awards and Prizes

  • Faculty of Arts Higher Degree Research Award for Building Inclusive Research Culture (2010)
  • Carrick Institute award for excellence in university teaching (2007)
  • Flinders University Vice Chancellor's award for excellence in teaching (2007)
  • South Australian Young Tall Poppy Science Award (2004)

Selected Publications

  • Vulnerability: New essays in ethics and feminist philosophy, Mackenzie C, Rogers WA, Dodds S (eds)  New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2014).
  • Practical Ethics for General Practice 2nd edition, co-authored with Annette Braunack-Mayer (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2009).
Selected Journal Articles

W.A. Rogers and A.J. Ballantyne, 2008, 'Exclusion of women from clinical research: myth or reality?' Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83 (5): pp 536-542W.A. Rogers and A.J. Ballantyne, 2008, 'Exclusion of women from clinical research: myth or reality?' Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83 (5): pp 536-542.W.A. Rogers and A.J. Ballantyne, 2008, 'Exclusion of women from clinical research: myth or reality?' Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83 (5): pp 536-542.W.A. Rogers and A.J. Ballantyne, 2008, 'Exclusion of women from clinical research: myth or reality?' Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83 (5): pp 536-542.

  • Walker M, Rogers W, Entwistle V. Ethical issues raised by access to unapproved medical interventions: advantages, disadvantages and obligations. American Journal of Bioethics accepted 21 March 2014)
  • Walker M and Rogers WA. What can feminist epistemology do for surgery? Hypatia (accepted 22 April 2013).
  • Rogers WA. Avoiding the trap of overtreatment. Medical Education 2014; 48(1): 12-14.
  • Rogers WA, Lotz M, Hutchison K, Pourmoslemi A, Eyers A. Identifying surgical innovation: a qualitative study of surgeons' views. Ann Surg. 2014; 259 (2): 273-8.
  • Rogers W, Degeling C, Townley C. Equity under the knife: Justice and evidence in surgery. Bioethics 2014; 28 (3): 119-126.
  • Rogers W and Lange MM. Rethinking the vulnerability of minority populations in research. American Journal of Public Health 2013; 103 (12): 2141-2146.
  • Lange MM, Rogers WA and Dodds S. Vulnerability in Research Ethics: a Way Forward, Bioethics  2013; 27 (6): 333-340.
  • Rogers WA and Johnson J. Addressing within-role conflicts of interest in surgery. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2013; 10 (2): 219-225.
  • Mackenzie C and Rogers WA. Autonomy, Vulnerability and Capacity: A Philosophical Appraisal of the Mental Capacity Act. International Journal of Law in Context 2013; 9(1): 37-52.
  • Catsanos R, Rogers W, Lotz M. The ethics of uterus transplantation. Bioethics 2013 ; 27 (2): 65-73.
  • Naffine N, Richards B, Braunack-Mayer A, de Lacey S and Rogers WA. Who Controls the Uses of Organs after Death? Law in the books, law in practice and the view of the people. Journal of Law and Medicine 2012; 20: 295-305.
  • Rogers W, Mackenzie C, Dodds S. Why bioethics needs a concept of vulnerability. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2012, 5 (2): 11-38.
  • Hutchison KJ and Rogers WA. Challenging the epistemological foundations of EBM: what kind of knowledge does clinical practice require? Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice 2012, 18 (5): 984-991.
  • Johnson J, Rogers W, Jeffree L. The Controversy Over Vertebroplasty - An Analysis of the Debate and Proposals For a Way Forward. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 2012; 56: 449-451.
  • De Lacey S, Rogers W, Braunack-Mayer A, Averie J, Richards B. Perceptions of embryo status and embryo use in an Australian community. Reproductive BioMedicine Online 2012; 24: 727-744.
  • Degeling C, Rock M, Rogers W. Testing relationships: ethical arguments for screening with HbA1C. Journal of Medical Ethics 2012; 38: 180-183.
  • Johnson J and Rogers W. Innovative surgery: the ethical challenges. Journal of Medical Ethics 2012; 38: 9-12. Ballantyne A and Rogers W. Sex bias in studies selected for clinical guidelines. Journal of Women's Health Journal of Women's Health 2011; 20(9): 1297-1306.
  • Rogers WA, de Lacey S, Avery JC. Donation after cardiac death: community views about 'decent' intervals. American Journal of Transplantation 20011; 11 (3): 583-590.
  • Johnson J, Rogers W, Lotz M, Townley C, Meyerson D and Tomossy G. The ethical challenges of innovative surgery - a response to the IDEAL recommendations. Lancet 2010, 376 (9746): 1113-1115.
  • De Lacey S, Rogers W and Richards B. Directed embryo donation: free choice or discrimination? Journal of Law and Medicine 2010, 8: 169-177.
  • Braunack-Mayer AJ, Street JM, Rogers WA, Giveny R, Moss JR, Hiller JE and the FluViews team. Including the public in pandemic planning: a deliberative approach. BMC Public Health 2010, 10:501.
  • Street J, Rogers W, Braunack-Mayer A and Israel M. Credit where credit is due? Regulation, research integrity and the attribution of authorship in the health sciences. Social Science and Medicine 2010, 70 (9): 1458-1465.
  • Rogers W and  Ballantyne A. Towards a practical definition of medical professional behaviour. Journal of Medical Ethics 2010, 36: 250-254.
  • Rogers WA, Street J, Braunack-Mayer A, Hiller J and the FluViews team. Pandemic influenza communications: views from a deliberative forum. Health Expectations 2009, 12 (3): 331 - 342.
  • W.A. Rogers and A.J.Ballantyne. 'Justice in health research: what is the role of evidence-based medicine?', Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 2009, 52 (2): 188-202
  • N. Naffine, B. Richards and W.A. Rogers, 'Scaring us all to death: the need for responsible legal scholarship on post mortem organ donation', Journal of Law and Medicine 16: pp 696-707.
  • O. Anikeeva, A. Braunack-Mayer, W.A. Rogers, 2009, 'Should we require influenza vaccination for health care workers?', American Journal of Public Health, 99: 24-29.
  • C. Lee, W.A. Rogers, A. Braunack-Mayer, 2008, 'Social Justice and Pandemic Influenza Planning: The Role of Communication Strategies', Public Health Ethics, 1: pp 223-234.
  • W.A. Rogers and A. Ballantyne, 2008, 'When is sex-specific research appropriate?' International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 1 (2): pp 36-57.
  • L.D. Gruppen, W.A.Rogers, O.T.J ten Cate, D. Brewster, K. Calman, R. Cruess, ASupe, 2008, 'Reporting Conflicts of Interest: Clarifying the Grey Areas', Medical Education, 42: pp 650-651.
  • A.J. Ballantyne and W.A. Rogers, 2008, 'Fair inclusion of men and women in Australian clinical research: views from ethics committee Chairs', Medical Journal of Australia, 188 (11): pp 653-656.
  • W.A. Rogers and A. Ballantyne, 2008, 'Gender and trust in medicine: vulnerabilities, abuses and remedies', International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, 1 (1): pp 48-66.
  • W.A Rogers and B Richards, 2008, 'Matters arising: Organ donation after cardiac death: legal and ethical justifications for antemortem interventions', Medical Journal of Australia, 188 (3): pp 188.
  • W.A. Rogers and A.J. Ballantyne, 2008, 'Exclusion of women from clinical research: myth or reality?' Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 83 (5): pp 536-542.
Selected Book Chapters
  • Rogers, Wendy A. Vulnerability and Bioethics, in Mackenzie C, Rogers WA, Dodds S (eds) Vulnerability: New essays in ethics and feminist philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2014)
  • Mackenzie C, Rogers WA, Dodds S. What is vulnerability and why should it matter for moral theory? Introduction in Mackenzie C, Rogers WA, Dodds S (eds) Vulnerability: New essays in ethics and feminist philosophy New York: Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2014)
  • Rogers WA, Mackenzie C and Dodds S. Vulnerability. Entry for Jennings B, Editor in Chief, Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 4th edition, McMillan Reference (accepted 18 April 2013)
  • Draper HJ and Rogers WA. Confidentiality, an overview, in Hugh Follette (ed) International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Wiley-Blackwell Wiley-Blackwell Publishing 2013: pp 987-994. 
  • Rogers WA. Evidence-based Medicine, in Ruth Chadwick (ed). Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics, Vol 2, Academic Press, San Diego 2012: Ch 112; pp 217-225.
  • Rogers WA. In the lion's den: teaching and assessing medical ethics, in I. Hay, I. (ed.) Inspiring Academics: Learning with the World's Great University Teachers, McGraw Hill Open University Press, London 2011; pp 104-112.
  • B. Bennett, I. Karpin, A. Ballantyne, W.A. Rogers, 2008, 'Gender Inequities in Health Research: An Australian Perspective', in M. Freeman (ed), Law and Bioethics: Current legal issues volume 11, Oxford University Press, Oxford: pp 409-431.
  • W.A. Rogers, 2008, 'Constructing a healthy population: tensions between individual responsibility and state-based beneficence' in B. Bennett, T. Carney and I. Karpin (eds), The Brave New World of Health, Federation Press, Sydney: pp 55-72.

Current Research

Wendy is currently leading a program of research into the ethics of surgical research and practice, and is also working on the concept of vulnerability in bioethics. She has long standing interests in the ethics of organ donation, feminist bioethics, public health ethics, conflicts of interest in health care, research ethics and the ethics of evidence-based medicine. From June 2014, she will take up a Future Fellowship on Defining disease: addressing the problem of overdiagnosis. This research investigates the concept of 'disease' and the ethical issues associated with expanding definition of disease that label people whose health is not compromised.

Current Research Grants

  • 2013-17 Rogers W. Defining disease: addressing the problem of overdiagnosis. ARC FT130100346 $820,156
  • 2012-14 Rogers W. How do we know what works? Ethics and evidence in surgical research. ARC DP120101092 $115,000
  • 2011-14 Mackenzie C, Rogers W and Dodds S. Vulnerability, autonomy and justice. ARC DP110102272 $250,000
  • 2011-14 Rogers W, Johnson J, Sheridan S, Ballantyne A, Lotz M,  Meyerson D, Tomossy F, Eyers T,  Maddern G, Thomson C. On the cutting edge: promoting best practice in surgical innovation. ARC LP110200217 $255,000

Current HDR Supervision (Primary)

  • Ruby Catsanos: Are uterus transplant ethically justified?
  • Tereza Hendl: Ethical aspects of gender selection for non-medical reasons
  • Lanei Alexander: The role of obesity stigma in Bariatric Surgeons' Assessment of morbidly obese candidates for surgery
  • Rebacca Tock: Informing the Clinic - Overcoming the Ethical Challenges for Autonomy in Surgical Innovation
  • Leigh Dayton: Australia's quest for the bionic eye and the politics of innovation

Administrative Responsibilities

Deputy Director, MQ Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics

Contact Details

Location: Building W6A Room 740
Phone: (61 2) 9850 8858
Fax: (61 2) 9850 8892
Office hours: to be advised

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