Lisa Parker

PhD Candidate, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) 

lisa [DOT] parker [AT] sydney [DOT] edu [DOT] au


Research interests

I work on ethics in medicine and public health. I have recently completed my doctoral study on ethical issues in breast cancer screening, performing an empirical study with Australian experts to look at what and how they think about breast screening. I have previously published on the teaching of clinical ethics, and the history and ethics of human anatomical dissection and autopsy. I am a medical practitioner with clinical experience in breast physician work and pathology, and university teaching experience in clinical ethics, medical professionalism and pathology.

Themes: Breast cancer

Keywords: Biomedical ethics; bioethics; public health


2012    An ethical analysis of breast cancer screening in Australia to inform future practice; Parker L; NHMRC PhD Scholarship

2011    Evaluation of clinical ethics teaching in undergraduate medical education; Parker L, Watts L, Scicluna H; UNSW Seed Funding

2005    Laboratory Methods in Pathology: Interactive DVD teaching tool for undergraduate medical education; Parker L; University of Tasmania Teaching Development Grant


Journal articles

2016  Parker LM, Carter SM. The role of socially embedded concepts in breast cancer screening: an empirical study with experts. Public Health Ethics, Apr 19:phw012.

2015 Parker LM, Rychetnik L, Carter SM. The role of communication in breast cancer screening: a qualitative study with Australian expertsBMC Cancer, 15(1):741

2015  Parker LM, Rychetnik L, Carter S.  Framing overdiagnosis in breast screening: a qualitative study with Australian experts.  BMC Cancer. 2015;15(1):606.

2015  Parker L, Rychetnik, L, Carter, S. Values in breast cancer screening: an empirical study with Australian experts.  BMJ Open, 5(5):e006333.

2015  Carter SM, Williams J, Parker L, Pickles K, Jacklyn G, Rychetnik L, Barratt A. Screening for cervical, prostate and breast cancer: how should the evidence be interpreted?  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 49(2),274-85.

2014   Parker L & Watts L. How we involved rural clinicians in teaching ethics to medical students on rural clinical placements. Medical Teacher. 37(3):228-231.

2013   Watts L, Parker L & Scicluna H. Rural ethics ward rounds: enhancing medical students’ ethical awareness in rural medicine. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21:128-129

2012   Parker L, Watts L, Scicluna H.  Clinical ethics ward rounds: building on the core curriculum. Journal of Medical Ethics, 38:501-505

2011   Parker L. Using human tissue: when do we need consent? Journal of Medical Ethics, 37:759-61

2005   Bell E, MacCarrick G, Parker L & Allen R.  Lost in translation? Developing assessment criteria that value rural practice. Rural and Remote Health, 5(3):420

2002   Parker L.  What’s wrong with the dead body? The use of the human cadaver in medical education. Medical Journal of Australia, 176:74-76

2002  Parker L.  Anatomical dissection: why are we cutting it out? Dissection in undergraduate teaching. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 72:31-33

Book chapters

2016  Parker LM, Carter SM. Social and ethical considerations in breast cancer screening.  In: Houssami N, Miglioretti D, editors. Breast cancer screening: the scientific evidence. London, UK: Elsevier.

2001   Parker L, Haneman B.  Great expectations. In: Berglund C, editor, Heath Research. Sydney: Oxford University Press.


2005   Parker L.  Laboratory Methods in Pathology: Interactive DVD teaching tool for undergraduate medical education. School of Medicine: University of Tasmania.