Courtney Hempton is a bioethicist and interdisciplinary researcher. She holds a Master of Bioethics, and is currently a PhD Candidate with the Monash Bioethics Centre at Monash University. Courtney has particular interest in the regulation of dying and death, and her doctoral research focuses on the emergence of law, policies, and practices regarding ‘voluntary assisted dying’ in the Australian state of Victoria.
Last 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.
Currently Courtney teaches ethics and health law into the medicine and surgery programs at Deakin University and Monash University, and provides research support to Dr Christopher Mayes (DECRA) at the Alfred Deakin Institute. 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 Clinical Ethics Committee, the Monash Health Voluntary Assisted Dying Steering Committee, the Natural Death Advocacy Network Executive Committee, and both the Committee and the Student and Early Career Researcher Stream Committee of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.