- Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then
- Associate Professor
Faculty of Law,
- Discipline *
- Law, Other Law and Legal Studies
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- Identifiers and profiles
Doctor of Philosophy (University of Sydney), Masters of Law (University of Edinburgh)
- Professional memberships
Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then is a member of the QUT Australian Centre for Health Law Research and the Faculty’s Law Lab. She is Theme Leader for the ‘Health, Society and Regulation’ stream within ACHLR and Leader for the ‘Future Health Care’ Stream of the Law Lab.
Australian Centre for Health Law Research: https://www.qut.edu.au/law/research/achlr
ACHLR, Health and Medical Law, Medical Ethics, Children as patients, Organ and tissue transplantation and donation, Substitute decision-making, Supported decision-making, End of life decision-making, Biomedical research
Associate Professor Shih-Ning Then commenced with the School of Law in 2008. Shih-Ning is a socio-legal academic who researches and teaches in the areas of medical law and ethics. She is an experienced interdisciplinary researcher who has published with medical practitioners, ethicists and other interdisciplinary scholars.
Shih-Ning’s research interests include:
- regulation of biomedical science
- artificial reproductive technologies
- involvement of minors in a health context
- use of human tissues and tissue transplantation
- substituted and supported decision-making
- health law.
Shih-Ning is a chief investigator on an ARC funded linkage grant looking at effective decision-making support for people with cognitive disabilities (https://research.qut.edu.au/achlr/projects/effective-decision-making-support-for-people-with-cognitive-disability/). She is currently a member of the NHMRC Organ and Tissue Working Committee and has experience as a member of a human research ethics committee. Shih-Ning would be interested in supervising PhD students in her areas of expertise.
Shih-Ning is currently Higher Degree Research Coordinator for the Law School.
Shih-Ning graduated from The University of Queensland in 2003 with First-class honours in Law and a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science. In 2009 she completed a Master of Laws in Innovation, Technology and the Law at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with Distinction and in 2015 completed a PhD at the University of Sydney. Prior to joining QUT, Shih-Ning worked as an associate to Justice Davies in the Queensland Court of Appeal, a lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyer and as a legal officer for the Queensland Law Reform Commission.
Units currently taught
- LWN164 Health Care Law and Ethics
- Then S, (2018) Children as tissue donors: Regulatory protection, medical ethics, and practice p1-255
- McDonald F, Then S, (2019) Ethics, law and health care (2nd Edition): A guide for nurses and midwives
- Then S, Carney T, Bigby C, Douglas J, (2018) Supporting decision-making of adults with cognitive disabilities: The role of Law Reform Agencies - Recommendations, rationales and influence, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry p64-75
- Carney TR, Then S, Bigby C, Wiesel (Vizel) I, Douglas J, (2019) National Disability Insurance Scheme plan decision-making: Or when tailor-made case planning met Taylorism and the algorithms, Melbourne University Law Review p1-31
- Carney TR, Then S, Bigby C, Wiesel (Vizel) I, Douglas J, Smith E, (2019) Realising 'will, preferences and rights': Reconciling differences on best practice support for decision-making?, Griffith Law Review p1-23
- Then S, Kerridge I, Marks M, (2018) Children as haematopoietic stem cell donors: ethically challenging and legally complex, Medical Journal of Australia p334-337
- White BP, Willmott L, Then S, (2018) Adults who lack capacity: Substitute decision-making, Health law in Australia (3rd edition) p207-270
- Then S, (2015) Pressure placed on paediatric haematopoietic stem cell donors: Views from health professionals, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health p1182-1187
- Then S, Patrick H, Smith N, (2014) Reinforcing guardianship regimes through assisted decision making: a Scottish perspective, Juridical Review: the law journal of Scottish universities p263-279
- Then S, (2013) Evolution and innovation in guardianship laws: Assisted decision-making, The Sydney Law Review p133-166
For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.
Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)
- Effective Decision Making Support for People with Cognitive Disability
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- CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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- Enforceability of Mental Health Advance Directives in Australia: The Legal Limits of Personal Autonomy
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Professor Ben White, Professor Lindy Willmott
- Special Medical Procedures and Australian Law Governing Medical Treatment of Transgender Children: An International Human Rights Analysis
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Professor Ben Mathews, Dr Malcolm Smith
- The Transition to Adulthood of People with Severe Cognitive Impairments in Australia: A Socio-Legal Examination
PhD, Principal Supervisor
Other supervisors: Dr Elizabeth Dickson
- Regulating Research Integrity
PhD, Associate Supervisor
Other supervisors: Associate Professor Fiona McDonald