Bernadette Tobin

Chapters in Books

  • MacIntyre’s Paradox, The ethics of human enhancement: understanding the debate, eds Steve Clarke & CAJ Coady, 2016. Oxford University Press
  • ‘I hope I believe in God’: some implications for contemporary ethics, Culture and Christianity in Dialogue, ed J Ozolins, Springer, 2016. Switzerland, 17-28
  • Just care at the end of life, Health Care Ethics: from theory to practice,  eds J Ozolins & J Grainger, 2015. Cambridge University Press, 263-276
  • Contemporary Moral Philosophy and Happiness, Truth and Faith in Ethics, ed H Ramsey, St Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, Imprint Academic, 2011: 71-84
  • Our Genetic Future, Issues for Church and Society in Australia, ed M Whelan, 2006. St Paul’s Publications, Sydney, 33-4
  • John Hubert Plunkett, Passing the Torch, ed Peter Gray, 2005. Aisling Society, 150-152
  • Why we should have maintained a prohibition on destructive research on human embryos, God Down Under, Theological Conversations in the Antipodean, eds W. W H Lam & I. Barnes, 2003
  • Is there a distinctly surgical ethic?, Restoring humane values to medicine, eds I. Kerridge, C. Jordens,  E.Sayers: Desert Pea Press, 2003.  203, pp18-20
  • Withholding and withdrawing treatment, Surgery Ethics and the Law,  2000. ed B Dooley, M Fearnside & M Gorton, Melb, Blackwells, 7-18
  • Can a patient's refusal of life-prolonging treatment be morally upright when it is motivated neither by the belief that the treatment would be clearly futile nor by the belief that the consequences of treatment would be unduly burdensome?,  Issues for a Catholic Bioethic  ed L Gormally, 1999, Linacre Centre, London, 334-340.
  • Science, Technology and Social Conscience,  Discerning the Australian Social Conscience, 1999. ed  F Brennan, Jesuit Publications, Sydney
  • Deliberately cloning human beings: on the significance of even contemplating it, A Question of Justice - Challenge: Technological Change, 1997. A Terry & D Giugni, McGraw-Hill
  • Why we should not remove the legal prohibition on euthanasia, The Last Right?  Australian take sides on the right to die, 1995. eds S Chapman & S Leeder, Reed Books, Sydney

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • D. Isaacs.  B. Tobin.  Female genital mutilation: how should doctors respond? J Paed Child Health, 2017 (forthcoming)
  • S. Matthews. B.Tobin. Human vulnerability in medical contexts. Theor Med Bioeth. 2016. 37.1-7
  • K Gray. D. Isaacs. H. Kilham, B. Tobin, K. Waters.  Use of guidelines when planning home care of a girl with severe congenital myopathy. J Paed Child Health, 2016. 52: 7-10.
  • B. Tobin.  When doctors and parents disagree: a recent example of a morally-appropriate collaboration between parents, doctors and the court, J Paed Child Health, 2014. 50, 8. 586-587
  • Gray, K.  Isaacs, D.  Kilham, HA. Tobin, B. Spinal Muscular Atrophy type I: Do the benefits of ventilation compensate for its burdens? J Paed Child Health, Vol 49, 2013, 807-812
  • Jordens, C. O’Connor M. Kerridge, I.  Stewart, C.  Cameron, A. Deown, D.  Lawrence, J.  McCarrity, A. Sachedina, A. Tobin, B.  Religious perspectives on umbilical cord blood banking, Journal of Law and Medicine, Vol 19. No 3, 2012. 497-511
  • Isaacs, D. Fitzgerald, D.  Tobin, B.   Palivizumab: a debate about funding, J Paed Child Health, 48, 2012, 373-377
  • Gillis, J. Tobin, B. How certain are you, doctor? Pediatr Crit Care Med 2011, 12,1. 71-72
  • Isaacs, D. Tobin, B. Hamblin, J.  Slaytor, E.  Donaghue, K. Munns, C. Kilham, HA. Managing ethically questionable parental requests: Growth suppression and manipulation of puberty. J Paed Child Health 2011; 47: 9, 2011: 581-4
  • Tobin, B.  That’s right, isn’t it?  Old and new ethical issues in paediatric care,  J Paed Child Health 2011; 47:  9, 2011: 579-5802
  • IH Kerridge, CFC Jordens, R Benson, R Clifford, R Ancheny, D Keown, B. Tobin, S Bhattacharyya, A Sachedina, L Lehmann, B Edgar.  Religious Perspectives on embryo donation and research, Clinical Ethics, 2010; 5: 35-45.
  • D Fitzgerald, D Isaacs, B. Tobin. Palivizumab: A debate about funding, J Paed Child Health, Advance Access: 10 October 2010; doi: 10.1111/j. 1440-1754.2010.01865x
  • S. Alexander, L. Baur, R. Magnusson, B. Tobin: ‘When does severe childhood obesity become a child protection issue?’ Medical Journal of Australia (2009), 190 (3): 136-140
  • D. Isaacs, H. Kilham, J. Leask, B. Tobin:  ‘Ethical issues in immunization’, Vaccine 2009 29; 27(5): 615-8
  • B. Tobin.  Is the use of invasive ventilation in children with genetically proven spinal muscular atrophy type 1?,  Pediatric Respiratory Reviews, Vol 9 Issue 1,  March 2008, 55-56
  • D. Isaacs. M. Ryan, S. Jacobi.  H. Kilham. B. Tobin.   Consent to publication of ethics cases: children deserve a voice’, British Medical Journal, Vol 337, 13, 2008, 608-609
  • M. Ryan, H. Kilham, S. Jacobe, D.Isaacs.  B. Tobin. Spinal muscular atrophy type 1: Is long-term mechanical ventilation ethical?  J  Paed Child Health, 43, 2007, 237-242
  • D. Isaacs, H. Kilham, A. Gordon, H.Jeffery, W. Tarnow-Mordi, J. Woolnough, J. Hamblin. B. Tobin. ‘Withdrawal of neonatal mechanical ventilation against the parents’ wishes’, J Paed Child Health,  2006. 42, 311-315
  • P. Cooper, J. Collins, V. Levearux, D. Isaacs, H. Kilham.  B. Tobin.  Rebecca’s Story, J. Paed Child Health, 2005. 41, 453-455
  • B. Tobin.  Australian Consequentialism: An Australian Critique, Theor Med Bioeth. 2005. 26, 3, 165-173
  • D Isaacs. HA Kilham. HM Somerville.  EV O’Loughlin:  B. Tobin. Nutrition in cerebral palsy, J.Paediatrics and Child Health, 2004. 40, 5/6, 308-310)
  • D Isaacs, R Garsia, B Peat, RS Magnusson. B Tobin. HIV in pregnancy: the interests of the mother and the baby, J  Paed Child Health,  39, 1, 2003, 60-66
  • B. Tobin.  Reasoning about Embryos, Cloning and Stem Cells: a response to Malcolm Parker, Monash Bioethics Review, 2003.  22, No1, January 2003, 8-21
  • P. Glare.  B. Tobin  End of life issues: case 2, MJA, 2002.176/21, 80-81
  • S R Leeder. E Somerville. B.  Tobin.   Community v individual benefit, MJA,.  176, 279-280
  • B. Tobin.  Editorial, Contemporary Nurse, 2002.  12, No3, June 2002, 209-212
  • B. Tobin.  Advancing the field of clinical ethics: particularity and practicality, MJA,174, 269-270.
  • M. Parker.  B. Tobin.  Refusal of Treatment, MJA, 2001. 174, 21 May, 531-532
  • I Cameron.  B. Tobin.   End-of-life issues: Case I, MJA, 2001. 175, 424-425
  • B. Tobin. Patient-requested treatment, J Paed Child Health, 2001. 37, 501-503.
  • B. Tobin.   The Principle of Justice: a Bioethical Perspective, Philippiana Sacra,  XXXVI, 2001. 41-61.
  • B. Tobin. Challenging our inventiveness: ethics today, Australasian Catholic Record, 2000. 77, 2, April, 148-157.
  • B. Tobin.   Hydration in a dying patient,  J Paed. Child Health, 2000. 36, 4, 395-396.
  • B. Tobin.  Why we should maintain a prohibition on destructive research on human embryos,  Australian and New Zealand Journal of Medicine, 2000.  30.4, August,  498-502.
  • B. Tobin.  The virtues in John Wilson’s approach to moral education, Journal of Moral Education, 2000.  29,  3, 301-311.
  • B. Tobin.  The new genetics: some metaethical and normative issues, Interface, 1998. 1, 2, 66-92.
  • B. Tobin.   Comment on 'Unity and diversity in psychiatry: Some philosophical issues', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 1996. 30, 3
  • B. Tobin.   Drugs and brain death: A matter of 'practical certainty', Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology, 1996. 23, 8, Supp 2
  • M. Kennedy et al.  B. Tobin.   Controversies in health care: drugs and brain death: ethical considerations, MJA, 1996. 165, 394-398
  • B. Tobin.   Did you think of buying her a cat? Some reflections on the concept of autonomy, Journal of Contemporary Health Law and Policy, 1995. 100- 110
  • B. Tobin.   Reply to Christopher Ryan, Australasian Psychiatry, 1994. October, 2,  5
  • B. Tobin.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the role of cognition in Christian life, The Australasian Catholic Record,  1994. LXX1, October
  • B. Tobin.   Moral Development: a key to human happiness, J.Institute of Catholic Education, 1990. 11
  • B. Tobin.   Peters’ Theory of Moral Development,  J Phil Education,  1989. 23, 1
  • B. Tobin.   An Aristotelian Theory of Moral Development, J Phil Education, 1989. 23, 2
  • B. Tobin. Development in Virtues, J Phil Education, 1987. 22, 2

Articles in Conference Proceedings

  • Più parole e meno pezzi di carta: I fiduciari: uno strumento più valido dei testamenti biologici per includere nuove realtà nella moralità tradizionale’, in  Le dichiarazioni anticipate di volontà sui trattamenti sanitari, 12a Commissione permanente del Senato (igiene e sanità) Palazzo della Minerva, Marzo 2007,  46-62 [‘More talk, less paper: health care proxies: a better means for extending traditional morality than are living wills’, Proceedings of the Senate of the Italian Republic, 29th March 2007]
  • Patients’ Rights, Forum in Bioethics 8: Justice, Patients’ Rights, Psychoethics, eds F B Gomez, OP & A Yu-Soliven, UST Publishing House, 45-61, 2001
  • The Principle of Justice: a Bioethical Perspective, Forum in Bioethics 8: Justice, Patients’ Rights, Psychoethics, Fausto B Gomez OP & Anniela Yu-Soliven, MD editors, UST Publishing House, 2001, 3-26,
  • Why the return to a virtues-based ethics of health care?  Ethics Fatigue: the Fracturing of Medical Ethics, Proceedings of Conference conducted by the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney, 1998. 35-41.
  • Tolerance: its meaning, value and limits, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Association of Canon Lawyers, 1995. Perth
  • People who express a wish to die: what do they really want? Proceedings of the Australian Bioethics Association Conference, 1994 Adelaide  (with Dr Paul Glare)
  • Dying with Dignity: an evaluation of the interim guidelines from NSW Department of Health, Proceedings of the Philosophy and Applied Ethics Conference, 1993. University of Newcastle, 197-203
  • Practical Wisdom and Health Care: an account of the contribution of Virtues Ethics to the Practice of Medicine and Nursing, Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science, 1992. UNSW Press
  • Organ Transplantation: Consent and Consensus, Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Centre 1992: for Human Bioethics, 1992. Monash University
  • Why Prefer a Virtues-Based approach to health care ethics? Proceedings of the Australian Bioethics Association Conference, 1992, Sydney

Other Articles

  • Surrogacy laws may be a bridge too far for Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, 26th April, 2015
  • ‘Voluntary Euthanasia: it can only be a way station to the non-voluntary’. ABC Religion and Ethics, 13 November 2015
  • Catholicism and Capital Punishment: How is capital punishment to be evaluated? Bioethics Outlook, 26.2. 2015: 1-8
  • The truly seminal work of Pellegrino: a synthesis by Sulmasy, Bioethics Outlook, 26.3. 2015: 1-4
  • Voluntary euthanasia: why it can only be a way station, Bioethics Outlook, 2015 26.4; 1-3
  • Surgeon report cards: a desirable development? Bioethics Outlook, 2015. 26.4; 11-12
  • ‘I just need to be able to talk to someone I know the patient trusted!’ Why Catholic Health Australia has prepared a new brochure for advance care planning, Bioethics Outlook, 25, 2, 2014, 1-4
  • Anticipate and Communicate: Presidential Commission’s advice on ethical management of incidental and secondary findings in clinical, research and direct-to-consumer contexts. Bioethics Outlook, 25, 3, 2014, 1-5
  • Advance Care Planning Explained,  Health Matters, 65, 2013; 22-23


Stephen Matthews

Recent Publications

  • “Stigma and self-stigma in Addiction,” (With Anke Snoek and Robyn Dwyer) Journal of Bioethical Inquiry. Forthcoming.
  • “The Significance of Habit,” Journal of Moral Philosophy. Forthcoming.
  • “Addiction, chronic automaticity, and impairment,” Neuroethics. Forthcoming.
  • “Addiction and Mandatory Treatment,” Routledge Handbook of Addiction. Forthcoming.
  • “Human Vulnerability in Medical Contexts.” (with Bernadette Tobin) Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 37 (1), 1-7. 2016.
  • “Dementia and the Power of Music Therapy,” Bioethics, 29, 573-9. 2015.
  • “Bio-technical challenges to autonomy,” Jai Gallott, Mianna Lotz (eds). Super Soldiers: The Ethical, Legal and Social Consequences. Ashgate. 2015.
  • “Music therapy and Dementia: rethinking the debate over Advance Directives,” Res Disputandae, forthcoming Dec 2014.
  • “The imprudence of the vulnerable,” Ethical theory and moral practice, 17, pp791-805, 2014.
  • “Addiction, Competence and Coercion,” Journal of Philosophical Research, Vol 39, pp199-234, 2014.
  • “Neuromarketing: what is it, and is it a threat to privacy?,” Springer Handbook of Neuroethics, Jens Clausen & Neil Levy (eds), 2014.
  • “Pleasure and addiction”, (with Jeanette Kennett and Anke Snoek) Frontiers in psychiatry, 4 – 117. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00117 (2013)
  • “Lying, narrative and truth-shareability,” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. American Journal of Bioethics (Neuroscience), 3 (4), 86-7, (2012)
  • “Authenticating an online identity,” American Journal of Bioethics, 12 (10), 39-41 (2012)
  • “Truth, Lies and the Narrative Self,” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. American Philosophical Quarterly, 49 (4), 301-15, (2012)
  • “Sailing, Flow and Fulfilment,” Patrick Goold (ed). Sailing and Philosophy. Wiley-Blackwell, 96-109, (2012)
  • “Internet Ethics,” International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Hugh LaFollette (ed). Wiley-Blackwell, (2012)
  • “Attacking Authority,” Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 13 (2), 59-70 (2011)

Selected Publications

  • “The Significance of Habit,” Journal of Moral Philosophy. Forthcoming.
  • “Dementia and the Power of Music Therapy,” Bioethics, 29, 573-9. 2015.
  • “The imprudence of the vulnerable,” Ethical theory and moral practice, 17, pp791-805, 2014.
  • “Truth, Lies and the Narrative Self,” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. American Philosophical Quarterly, 49 (4), 301-15, (2012)
  • “Personal Identity, the Causal Condition, and the Simple View,” Philosophical Papers, 39 (2), 183-208 (2010)
  • “Anonymity and the Social Self,” American Philosophical Quarterly, 47 (4), 351-363 (2010)
  • “Mental Time Travel, Agency and Responsibility”. Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: Philosophical Perspectives. Matthew Broome, Lisa Bortolotti (eds.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. (2009), pp327-351.
  • “Identity and Information Technology” Moral Philosophy and Information Technology, Jeroen van den Hoven, John Weckert (eds). Cambridge University Press. (2008)
  • “Normative Agency” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. Practical Identity and Narrative Agency, Catriona  MacKenzie, Kim Atkins (eds). New York: Routledge. (2008)
  • “Privacy, Separation, and Control,” The Monist, vol 91 (1), 130-150 (Jan 2008)
  • “What’s the Buzz? Undercover Marketing and the Corruption of Friendship,” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett, The Journal of Applied Philosophy, vol 25 (1), 2-18 (2008)
  • “Establishing Personal Identity in Cases of DID,” Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 10, 143-151, (June, 2003)
  • “Delusion, Dissociation and Identity,” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. Philosophical Explorations VI, 31-49, (January, 2003)
  • “Identity, Control and Responsibility: the Case of Dissociative Identity Disorder,” Co-authored with Jeanette Kennett. Philosophical Psychology, 15, 509-526 (December, 2002)
  • “Unreal Friends,” Co-authored with Dean Cocking. Ethics and Information Technology, 2, 223-231 (2000)
  • “Survival and Separation,” Philosophical Studies, 98, 279-303, (April, 2000)
  • “Metapsychological Relativism: A Response to White,” Philosophical Papers, 28, 55-76,(March, 1999)
  • “Personal Identity, MPD, and Moral Personhood,” Philosophical Psychology, 11, 67-88, (March, 1998)

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