Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Ruth Townsend

 Ruth Townsend

Ruth Townsend is a lecturer in Law and Sociology at Charles Sturt University. Ruth has practiced most recently as a commercial lawyer for the NSW government. She has also worked with the federal government and as a solicitor in general practice in regional NSW.  Ruth was a lecturer in law at the ANU College of Law prior to her move to CSU.

Ruth's research focuses on the regulation of health practitioners, and the impact of international trade agreements on domestic health policy. Ruth has published in several national and international peer-reviewed journals including the Annual Review of Public Health, the Medical Journal of Australia and the Journal of Law and Medicine. Ruth has also published in many industry journals including the Australian Privacy Law Bulletin and the Australian Health Law Bulletin. Ruth has also published the first Australian and New Zealand text on law and ethics for paramedics, Applied Paramedic Law and Ethics.

Ruth is an award winning lecturer who enjoys playing the piano badly from time-to-time.

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Honours supervision and research projects undertaken with students

  • Venkatraman, N (2013) Realising the Promise of Personalised Medicine through Race-Specific Genetic Patenting.
  • Beltran, A (2013) What's in a Gene? A comparative analysis of gene patent litigation in Australia and the United States.
  • Sullivan, (2013) Room for three parents? How and why Australia's assisted reproductive technology laws and parenting legislation will adapt to mitochondrial replacement therapy.
  • Taylor, J (2013) The Korea-US Free Trade Agreement: implications for human security and health.
  • Smit, J (2012) 'The sociological construction of mental health care: patient autonomy or tokenism?'
  • Hendry, S (2012) 'E-Health: implications for practice, patient privacy and care.'
  • Taylor, J (2012) 'Data exclusivity, Big Pharma and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement: implications for public health policy.'
  • Vaughn, S (2012-13) 'Nurse practitioner led clinics and general practice: affordability and sustainability in healthcare delivery models' (ANUMS)
  • Josling, K (2012-13) 'Assisted Reproductive Therapy, Regulation and Health Practitioner's values' (ANUMS)
  • Fox, C (2011-12) 'Medical students' views on conscientious objection and physician assisted suicide'. (ANUMS)
  • Wu, Y (2011-12) 'Medical students' views on conscientious objection and abortion' (ANUMS)
  • Fewings, I.  (2010-11) 'Can you teach ethics to medical students?'(ANUMS)
  • Brown, C (2011) 'India, the pharmaceutical industry and intellectual property law.'
  • Scoins, D (2011) 'Health, the environment and international law: examination of the precautionary principle.'
  • Van der Rijt, T (2010) 'What are the key gaps and issues with the Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement's operation in the context of pandemic influenzas?'
  • Ford, A (2010) 'Civil conscription and Medicare Select' (ANUMS)

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Research interests

  • Law
  • Society
  • Politics
  • Health

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Peer-reviewed journals

  • Friel, S, Hattersley, L and Townsend, R (2015) Trade and Access to Healthcare. AnnRevPublicHealth Vol 36.
  • Bradley, J, Townsend, R, Eburn, M (2015) Empowering paramedics under mental health legislation in the ACT. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine 12(4)
  • Arnold, B and Townsend, R (2015)' Workplace drug testing: a matter of procedure rather than privacy principles?' Privacy Law Bulletin Vol 12 No.10
  • Townsend, R, Huntingford, S and Hingley, P (2012) A trip to Kokoda. Medical Students Journal of Australia.
  • Townsend R, Klar D, Faunce T.(2011) What Makes a Real Man? Gender Norms and WA v AH. Journal of Law and Medicine 18: 478-497.
  • Townsend, R and Faunce, T (2011) Condliff v North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust : Relying on Human Rights to Improve Inequities in Privatised HealthCare— Implications for UK and Australian Health System Reforms . Journal of Law and Medicine. Vol 19 No 2.
  • Faunce, T and Townsend, R (2011) The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement – challenges for domestic health and medicines policy. Medical Journal of Australia 194 (2) 83-86.
  • Faunce TA and Townsend, R (2011) Justins v The Queen. Assisted Suicide, Juries and the Discretion to Prosecute. Journal of Law and Medicine  18: 706-715.
  • Faunce TA, Townsend, R and Reardon K. (2010) Reducing injustice from recent legislation subsidising insurance and restricting civil liability. Journal of Law and Medicine. 15(5): 729-735
  • Townsend, R (2010) Book Review: Vital Conflicts in Medical Ethics: A Virtue Approach to Craniotomy and Tubal Pregnancies. Journal of American Medical Association (303:2416-2417).
  • Townsend R and Luck M (2009) Protective jurisdiction, patient autonomy and paramedics: the challenges of applying the NSW Mental Health Act. Journal of Emergency Primary Health Care. Vol 7 No.4.
  • Townsend R (2008) Public health policy, legal uncertainty and the standard of care in rural and remote communities. Journal of Law and Medicine; 15 (5) 693-703.
  • Townsend R and Giles D (2006)End of life decision and the NSW Guardianship Act: a square peg in a round hole? The law and clinical practice. Australian Health Law Bulletin Vol 15 No 1 September 2006. 

Books and book chapters

  • Townsend, R (2015) - 'Law and the emergency setting' (3rd ed) in Textbook of Advanced Emergency and Trauma Care'. Edited by Curtis and Ramsden. Elsevier.
  • Townsend, R, Sofell, B and Grantham, H (forthcoming) Law and ethics in a clinical case in Principles for paramedic practice. Elsevier.
  • Townsend, R (2013) End of life decision making in paramedic practice in Applied law and ethics in paramedic practice.
  • Townsend, R (2013) The law and medication administration in paramedic practice in Applied law and ethics in paramedic practice.
  • Townsend, R (2013) The Australian Legal System in Applied law and ethics in paramedic practice.
  • Townsend, R and Luck, M (2013) Why is an understanding of law and ethics important for the professional development of paramedics? In Applied law and ethics in paramedic practice.
  • Luck, M, Steer, B and Townsend, R (2013) PRECARE: An ethical decision making model for paramedic practice in Applied law and ethics in paramedic practice
  • Townsend, R and Luck, M (editors) (2013) Applied law and ethics in paramedic practice. Elsevier.
  • Faunce, T and Townsend, R (2011) 'Advance care directives in Australia.' "Between Life and Death: Regulating Advance Directives. National and International Perspectives". edited by Stefania Negri, University of Salerno.
  • Townsend, R (2011) Chapter 9: Legal and Ethical Issues in Videbeck's Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Lippincott, Chatswood.
  • Townsend, R (2010) - 'Law and the emergency setting' (2nd ed) in Textbook of Advanced Emergency and Trauma Care'. Edited by Curtis and Ramsden. Elsevier.
  • Faunce TA and Townsend R (2010) "Health and Medicines Policies" in Kelsey J (ed) No Ordinary Deal :Unmasking the Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. Allen & Unwin Sydney pg 149-162. 735

Newspaper opinion editorial

  • Townsend R and Eburn, M, 'Professional Discipline for Registered Health Professionals: Lessons for Australian Paramedics' (2014) Vol 41 No 3 Response pp 41-43.
  • Eburn, M and Townsend, R (2014) Restricting paramedic practice – an issue of professional practice. Response, Paramedics Australasia. Vol. 41. No. 2 pp 33-35.
  • Eburn, M and Townsend, R (2014) Crossing the line – the law and ethics of  going beyond the wire. Response, Paramedics Australasia. Vol. 41, No. 1 pp 41-42.
  • Arnold, B, Townsend, R and Bonython, W (2014) Regulator silent on safety of Indian-made generic drugs. The Conversation. 19 March 2014.
  • Townsend, R (2013) When Trade Agreements threaten sovereignty: Australia beware. The Conversation 15 November 2013.
  • Townsend, R, Arnold, B and Bonython, W (2013) What Australia should do to ensure research integrity. The Conversation. 16 August 2013.
  • Townsend, R (2012) Doctors and patient's uneasy about new e-health records system. The Conversation 5 July 2012.
  •  Townsend, R and Glasson, N (2011) Is political leadership a lost art? On-Line opinion 2 November 2011.
  • Townsend, R and Dalla –Pozza, D (2011) National security, private rights: should doctors identify would-be terrorists? The Conversation 17 June 2011.
  • Faunce, T and Townsend, R (2010) Hospital reform: reviewing the Tony and Kevin face-off Canberra Times, 26 March 2010.
  • Faunce, T and Townsend, R (2010) Danger and little democracy in new Trade Agreement with the US. Canberra Times, 17 March 2010.

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Awards

  • ANU Medical School Dean's Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)
  • ANU Vice-Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee (2012)
  • ANU College of Law Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee (2012)
  • ANU Medical School Excellence in Teaching Award Nominee (2013)

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