Drew Carter

Dr Drew Carter

Research Fellow - Ethics

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am a moral philosopher and health policy researcher who works mostly at the interface of ethics and health economics. I am interested in discussions about the nature of goodness, in how those discussions are best pursued, and in letting those discussions improve the thinking that informs decisions made by health care practitioners and policy makers, especially on questions of resource allocation.

My research mainly focusses on how health-related resources ought to be allocated. I am particularly interested in identifying what is important besides gaining the maximum possible health for a population. I have examined this in relation to assisted reproductive technologies (like in vitro fertilisation), intensive care triage and national funding decision making for pharmaceuticals and medical services. I am also interested in how qualitative research and deliberative methods can best serve inquiry into health-related ethical matters. Philosophically, I work to extend and apply insights made by the philosophers Ludwig Wittgenstein, Iris Murdoch, Raimond Gaita, and Christopher Cordner. This includes avoiding over-simplification, teasing out how our words, responses and practices can depend on one another for their meaning, and foregrounding love and people's inextricable worth.

Since 2009, I have been a Research Fellow in Ethics. I collaborate on research with health services researchers, health economists and social scientists, especially to inform decisions about how governments ought to allocate health care resources.

I lead an Ethics Consulting service provided by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment. I conduct paid consulting on applications to Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and assist in the design and conduct of research studies, especially those that have pronounced ethical dimensions or use qualitative research methods.

My current research focusses on ethical resource allocation.

I am analysing the ethical principles that ought to inform intensive care unit (ICU) admission and discharge, especially when the ICU is full and additional patients require admission.  I am also working to identify the ethical principles that formal recommendations on ICU admission and discharge currently embody.

I am involved in several research projects that aim to improve the decision making of health funding bodies that use Health Technology Assessment (HTA) as an evaluation framework.  I am researching the ethics of managed-entry agreements, where governments provisionally fund new health interventions on the condition that research is undertaken to reduce uncertainty concerning the intervention's effectiveness or cost-effectiveness, for example.  I am also researching how national bodies such as the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC) and the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) ought to include more than conventional cost-effectiveness in their judgements of the value for money that a health intervention provides.  Other projects examine the unique challenges and opportunities faced by state-level health funding bodies and how to best involve patients and the public in health funding decision making.

I am available to supervise student research projects (including PhD, MPhil, MPH Coursework Thesis and Dissertation, Honours, and third-year projects) on the above topics, in addition to the following.  There is increasing interest within SA Health to undertake evaluation work to see if the approval and funding of a medicine or device has resulted in the outcomes expected.  I can organise and supervise evaluation projects in close collaboration with SA Health managers and clinicians.  I am also interested in developing a framework that will allow evaluation agencies to more rapidly and comprehensively assess ethical dimensions relating to new genomic health technologies.

Details of the projects that are available for students can be found in the School of Public Health Student Research Project Handbook.

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 McGee, A., & Carter, D. (2020). The Equivalence Thesis and the Last Ventilator. Journal of Applied Philosophy.
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    2020 Lopes McInnes, E., Street, J., Carter, D. A., Merlin, T., & Stafinski, T. (2020). Understanding Canadian Health Technology Assessment through a systems lens. Health Policy, 124(9), 952-958.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS2
    2020 Lopes McInnes, E., Street, J., Stafinski, T., Merlin, T., & Carter, D. A. (2020). The rationale and design of public involvement in health-funding decision making: focus groups with the Canadian public. International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 36(6), 592-598.
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    2020 Ingman, W. V., Richards, B., Street, J. M., Carter, D., Rickard, M., Stone, J., & Dasari, P. (2020). Breast density notification: an Australian perspective. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(3), 681-1-681-8.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2 Europe PMC1
    2020 Baghbanian, A., Merlin, T., Carter, D., & Wang, S. (2020). Methods for the Health Technology Assessment of Complex Interventions: A Protocol for a Scoping Review. BMJ Open.
    2020 Harfield, S., Pearson, O., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Glover, K., . . . Braunack-Mayer, A. (2020). Assessing the quality of health research from an Indigenous perspective: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander quality appraisal tool. BMC Medical Research Methodology, 20(1), 79-1-79-9.
    DOI Scopus29 WoS25 Europe PMC11
    2019 Kessels, S., Carter, D. A., Ellery, B., Newton, S., & Merlin, T. (2019). Prenatal genetic testing for cystic fibrosis: a systematic review of clinical effectiveness and an ethics review. Genetics in Medicine, 22(2), 258-267.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2019 Carter, D., Merlin, T., & Hunter, D. (2019). An ethical analysis of coverage with evidence development. Value in Health, 22(8), 878-883.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2018 Muhlack, E., Carter, D., Braunack-Mayer, A., Morfidis, N., & Eliott, J. (2018). Constructions of alcohol consumption by non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a qualitative systematic review. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 1016-1-1016-10.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS9 Europe PMC3
    2018 Lambert, R., Carter, D., Burgess, N., & Hajiali Afzali, H. (2018). The development of funding recommendations for health technologies at the state level: a South Australian case study. The International Journal of Health Planning and Management, 33(4), 806-822.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2017 Gomersall, J., Gibson, O., Dwyer, J., O'Donnell, K., Stephenson, M., Carter, D., . . . Aromataris, E. (2017). What Indigenous Australian clients value about primary health care: a systematic review of qualitative evidence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(4), 417-423.
    DOI Scopus36 WoS34 Europe PMC17
    2017 Hutchison, K., Carter, D. A., & Johnson, J. (2017). Robotic prostatectomy took off, despite a lack of evidence and risks of inequity. Medical Journal of Australia, 207(2), 89-90.
    DOI Europe PMC1
    2017 Braunack-Mayer, A., Gibson, O., & for the CREATE Methods Group. (2017). Including minority populations in research: we must do better. Medical Journal of Australia, 207(1), 22-23.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    2017 Braunack-Mayer, A., Gibson, O., & for the CREATE Methods Group. (2017). Including minority populations in research: we must do better. Medical Journal of Australia, 207(1), 22-23.
    DOI Scopus7 WoS6 Europe PMC2
    2017 Perry, M., & Carter, D. (2017). The ethics of ambulance ramping. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 29(1), 116-118.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC1
    2016 Carter, D., Vogan, A., & Haji Ali Afzali, H. (2016). Governments need better guidance to maximise value for money: the case of Australia’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee. Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, 14(4), 401-407.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS10 Europe PMC5
    2016 Hutchison, K., Johnson, J., & Carter, D. (2016). Justice and surgical innovation: the case of robotic prostatectomy. Bioethics, 30(7), 536-546.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC2
    2016 Lopes, E., Street, J., Carter, D., & Merlin, T. (2016). Involving patients in health technology funding decisions: stakeholder perspectives on processes used in Australia. Health Expectations, 19(2), 331-344.
    DOI Scopus22 WoS16 Europe PMC13
    2016 Carter, D., Sendziuk, P., Eliott, J., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2016). Why is pain still under-treated in the emergency department? Two new hypotheses. Bioethics, 30(3), 195-202.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC9
    2016 Carter, D., Gordon, J., & Watt, A. (2016). Competing principles for allocating health care resources. The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, 41(5), 558-583.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2016 Muhlack, E., Eliott, J., Carter, D., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2016). Ethical justifications in alcohol-related health warning discourses. Cancer Forum, 40(2).
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    2015 Gomersall, J. S. T., Aromataris, E., Brown, A., Dwyer, J., Stephenson, M., O'Donnell, K., . . . Gibson, O. (2015). Characteristics and value of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organizations' primary health care and their financing needs: a protocol for systematic evidence reviews. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 13(6), 139-167.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2015 Axford, A., & Carter, D. (2015). Building workforce capacity for ethical reflection in health promotion: a practitioner’s experience. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 26(3), 222-230.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS3 Europe PMC2
    2015 Lopes, E., Carter, D., & Street, J. (2015). Power relations and contrasting conceptions of evidence in patient-involvement processes used to inform health funding decisions in Australia. Social Science & Medicine, 135, 84-91.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC7
    2014 Hodgetts, K., Hiller, J., Street, J., Carter, D., Braunack-Mayer, A., Watt, A., . . . Elshaug, A. (2014). Disinvestment policy and the public funding of assisted reproductive technologies: outcomes of deliberative engagements with three key stakeholder groups. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1), 1-10.
    DOI Scopus18 WoS17 Europe PMC13
    2014 Carter, D. (2014). Morality and a scaffolding of facts. Philosophical Investigations, 37(1), 78-90.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS2
    2013 Carter, D., Hajiali Afzali, H., Street, J., Bessen, T., & Neuhaus, S. (2013). Melanoma follow up: time to generate the evidence. Australian Health Review, 37(4), 501-503.
    DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2013 Carter, D., Watt, A., Braunack-Mayer, A., Elshaug, A., Moss, J., & Hiller, J. (2013). Should there be a female age limit on public funding for Assisted Reproductive Technology? Differing conceptions of justice in resource allocation. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 10(1), 79-91.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10 Europe PMC7
    2013 Carter, D. (2013). Part of the very concept: Wittgensteinian moral philosophy. Philosophical Investigations, 36(1), 37-55.
    DOI Scopus3 WoS3
    2011 Carter, D., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2011). The appeal to nature implicit in certain restrictions on public funding for assisted reproductive technology. Bioethics, 25(8 Sp Iss), 463-471.
    DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC6
    2010 Carter, D., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2010). Introduction: On the borders. Interface, 13(1-2), 1-10.
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 McGee, A., & Carter, D. A. (2020). The difference between withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. In N. Emmerich, B. Gordjin, & P. Mallia (Eds.), Contemporary European Perspectives on the Ethics of End of Life Care (Vol. 136, pp. 213-228). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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    2016 Carter, D. A. (2016). Conceptualising secondary pain affect: the more personal and elaborate feelings. In S. van Rysewyk (Ed.), Meanings of Pain (1 ed., pp. 251-265). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
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  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2022 May, K., Van Hooff, M., Doherty, M., & Carter, D. (2022). What about kids living with parental PTSD? A family approach. In Frontline Mental Health Conference. Gold Coast.
    2021 Carter, D. (2021). How bereaved families see good care and communication in intensive care. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) Conference. Online.
    2021 Lopes McInnes, E., Stafinski, T., Carter, D., Merlin, T., & Street, J. (2021). Stakeholders' Perspectives on Public Involvement in Health Technology Assessment in Canada. In Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) 2021 Annual Meeting. Manchester UK.
    2018 Carter, D. A., Vogan, A., & Merlin, T. (2018). The need for ethics committees and evaluation agencies in coverage with evidence development: the case of crizotinib in Australia. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference. Townsville.
    2018 Hunter, D., & Carter, D. A. (2018). Are you ethical? Sharing practices in assessing medical ethics workshop. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) conference. Townsville.
    2018 McGee, A., & Carter, D. A. (2018). Withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment are not morally equivalent. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) Conference. Townsville.
    2017 Harfield, S., Gibson, O., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Glover, K., . . . Braunack-Mayer, A. (2017). The CREATE Critical Appraisal Tool: Establishing The Validity, Reliability And Feasibility Of A Tool To Appraise Research From Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Perspectives. In 15th World Congress on Public Health (pp. 1-3). Melbourne, Australia.
    2017 Gibson, O., Harfield, S., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Gomersall, J., . . . Braunack-Mayer, A. (2017). The CREATE Critical Appraisal Tool: A Tool To Appraise Research From Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives. In The Global Evidence Summit. Cape Town, South Africa.
    2017 Carter, D. A., Merlin, T., & Hunter, D. (2017). Coercing or inducing patients to participate in evidence generation. In Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference. Adelaide.
    2017 Carter, D. A., McGee, A., Braunack-Mayer, A., & Deane, A. (2017). Resource allocation in the intensive care unit [Invited presentation]. In Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Annual Scientific Conference. Adelaide.
    2016 Gomersall, J., Gibson, O., Dwyer, J., O’Donnell, K., Stephenson, M., Carter, D., . . . Brown, A. (2016). Clients’ perceptions of the characteristics and value of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations: A systematic review of qualitative evidence. In [ ]. Canberra.
    2015 Morey, K., Canuto, K., Kite, E., Gibson, O., Brown, A., Harfield, S., . . . Braunack-Mayer, A. (2015). The Development of an Appraisal Tool for Assessing Research Involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. In [ ]. Melbourne.
    2015 Gomersall, J., Aromataris, E., Brown, A., Dwyer, J., Carter, D. A., O'Donnell, K., . . . Gibson, O. (2015). Characteristics and Value of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations Primary Health Care. In [ ]. Melbourne.
    2015 Lopes McInnes, E., Street, J., Carter, D., & Merlin, T. (2015). Stakeholder views on Australian public- and patient-involvement in HTA. In Online programme. Oslo, Norway.
    2015 Carter, D. A., Sendziuk, P. J., Eliott, J. A., & Braunack-Mayer, A. J. (2015). Why Is Pain Still Under-Treated in the Emergency Department? Two New Hypotheses. In Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA) Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). Adelaide, Australia.
    2014 Hutchison, K., Johnson, J., & Carter, D. A. (2014). Social justice and surgical innovation: the case of the Da Vinci robot. In Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference. Canberra, Australia.
    2013 Carter, D. A. (2013). Pain management relative to other priorities in the emergency department: explicating moral logic with practitioners. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) Conference. Sydney, Australia.
    2013 Lopes do Carmo, E., Street, J. M., Carter, D. A., & Merlin, T. L. (2013). Excluding patient and citizen voices from health-care funding decision-making: what is the public health impact?. In Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) 42nd Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia.
    2011 Hiller, J. E., Elshaug, A. G., Watt, A. M., Braunack-Mayer, A. J., Moss, J. R., Carter, D. A., . . . for the ASTUTE health study group. (2011). Informing policy makers with an enhanced evidence-base for disinvestment: findings from a multi-stage stakeholder engagement. In Health Technology Assessment International (HTAi) Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
    2011 Carter, D. A., Watt, A. M., Gordon, J. P., & the ASTUTE health study group. (2011). Different Hopes for Health Care Budgets: Distributing Assisted Reproductive Technology to Women of Different Ages. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL) Conference. Gold Coast, Australia.
    2011 Hiller, J. E., Elshaug, A. G., Watt, A. M., Braunack-Mayer, A. J., Moss, J. R., Carter, D. A., . . . Hodgetts, K. S. (2011). Engaging Policy Makers with an Enhanced Evidence-Base for Disinvestment: Case Studies of Assisted Reproductive Technologies and Pathology Testing. In Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
    2011 Carter, D. A. (2011). What is medical need? Competing answers and their implications for patient prioritisation. In Health Services Research Association of Australia and New Zealand (HSRAANZ) 7th Health Services and Policy Research Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
    2010 Carter, D. (2010). The ethics of publicly funding assisted reproductive technology. In Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law Conference 2010 (pp. 0 pages). Adelaide, Australia.
    2010 Carter, D. (2010). The ethics of publicly funding assisted reproductive technology for older women. In Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 2010 Congress (pp. 0 pages). Singapore.
    2010 Carter, D. (2010). The deference to nature implicit in public funding arrangements for assisted reproductive technologies. In 10th World Congress of Bioethics 2010 (pp. 0 pages). Singapore.
    2010 Street, J. M., Elshaug, A. E., Braunack-Mayer., Wale, J. L., Watt, A. M., Carter, D. A., . . . the ASTUTE Health Study group. (2010). Weaving partisan and non-partisan voices into health policy: to knit or knot?. In Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) National Conference. Adelaide, Australia.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2018 Kessels, S., Newton, S., Carter, D., & Merlin, T. (2018). The Effectiveness And Ethics Of Prenatal Testing For Cystic Fibrosis. Poster session presented at the meeting of HTAi Annual Meeting 2018. Vancouver.
    2017 Harfield, S., Gibson, O., Morey, K., Kite, E., Canuto, K., Glover, K., . . . Braunack-Mayer, A. (2017). The CREATE Critical Appraisal Tool: A Tool To Appraise Research From Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Perspectives [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of 6th Annual National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Symposium on Research Translation. Brisbane.
    2017 Muhlack, E. L., Eliott, J., Carter, D., & Braunack-Mayer, A. (2017). Constructions of alcohol consumption among non-problematised middle-aged drinkers: a South Australian study. Poster session presented at the meeting of 15th World Congress On Public Health. Melbourne, Australia.
    2016 Muhlack, E. L., Braunack-Mayer, A., Carter, D., & Eliott, J. (2016). "Responsibility, Recreation, and Gender: a systematic review of middle-aged non-problematised drinkers’ constructions of their alcohol consumption". Poster session presented at the meeting of SA State Population Health Conference. Hindmarsh, SA.
    2016 Morey, K., Gibson, O., Harfield, S., Canuto, K., Kite, E., Glover, K., . . . Braunack-Mayer, A. (2016). Developing a tool to assess research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples from an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspective [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of The Lowitja Institute International Indigenous Health and Wellbeing Conference 2016. Melbourne, Australia.
    2016 Muhlack, E., Eliott, J., Braunack-Mayer, A., Carter, D., & Morfidis, N. (2016). Responsibility, recreation, and gender: a systematic review of middle-aged non-problematised drinkers’ constructions of their alcohol consumption. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs Conference 2016, as published in Drug and Alcohol Review. Sydney, NSW: Wiley.
    2012 Carter, D. A. (2012). A philosophical analysis of secondary pain affect [Poster]. Poster session presented at the meeting of International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) 14th World Congress on Pain. Milan, Italy.
  • Report for External Bodies

    Year Citation
    2021 Neill, J., moodie, S., Laver, H., & Carter, D. (2021). RAH Emergency Department End-of-Life Follow-up Service Summary Report.
    2020 Carter, D. A. (2020). Royal Adelaide Hospital emergency department bereavement follow up: Major findings from the qualitative data.
    2020 Moodie, S., Carter, D., & Laver, H. (2020). ICU End-of-Life Follow-up Service Annual Report 2019. Adelaide.
    2020 Carter, D. A. (2020). From the perspectives of bereaved families, what is the quality of care and communication in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital? Complete findings from the qualitative data.
    2019 Kessels, S., Newton, S., Vogan, A., Mittal, R., Schubert, C., Carter, D., . . . Merlin, T. (2019). Clinical utility card for heritable mutations associated with familial hypercholesterolaemia (MSAC Application 1534). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    2019 Kessels, S., Newton, S., Vogan, A., Mittal, R., Schubert, C., Carter, D., . . . Merlin, T. (2019). Technical report to supplement clinical utility card for heritable mutations associated with familial hypercholesterolaemia (MSAC Application 1534). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    2018 Milverton, J., Vogan, A., Parsons, J., Kessels, S., Carter, D., Schubert, C., . . . Merlin, T. (2018). Genetic deletion testing for alpha thalassaemia (MSAC Application 1531). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    2018 Milverton, J., Mittal, R., Carter, D. A., Kessels, S., Newton, S., Schubert, C., . . . Merlin, T. (2018). Processing and cryopreservation of ovarian tissue prior to or after gonadotoxic treatment to preserve fertility in females for the future (MSAC Application 1435 Part B, Assessment Report). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
    2018 Lopes McInnes, E., Carter, D. A., & Street, J. (2018). YourSAy Online engagement with South Australians: an evaluation survey. Adelaide.
    2017 Morona, J., Mittal, R., Newton, S., Salinger, K., Carter, D. A., Schubert, C., & Merlin, T. (2017). Processing and cryopreservation of semen, sperm and testicular tissue prior to or after gonadotoxic treatment to preserve future fertility (MSAC 1435 Part A, Assessment Report). Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    2021 Lopes McInnes, E. (2021). The Rationale and Design of Public Involvement in Health Technology Assessment: A Systems Thinking Approach. (PhD Thesis, The University of Adelaide).
    2017 Harwood, A. (2017). An ethical analysis of obesity, weight stigma, and public health. (Master's Thesis, The University of Adelaide).
    2014 Lopes McInnes, E. (2014). Public and patient involvement in government health funding decision making in Australia. (Master's Thesis, The University of Adelaide).
    2009 Carter, D. A. (2009). Elaboration on a Permissible Theme. (PhD Thesis, Australian Catholic Univesrity).
    2001 Carter, D. A. (2001). Iris Murdoch on Tragedy and King Lear. (Undergraduate Dissertation, The University of Melbourne).
  • Working Paper

    Year Citation
    2019 Carter, D. A. (2019). From the perspectives of bereaved families, what is the quality of care and communication in the Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Adelaide Hospital?.
    2018 Lopes McInnes, E., & Carter, D. (2018). YourSAy online engagement with South Australians: an evaluation survey.
    2017 Carter, D. A. (2017). Ethical dimensions of current and future practice. South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.
    2017 Carter, D. A., & Merlin, T. (2017). Sharing risk in the funding of health technologies. School of Public Health.
  • Internet Publications

    Year Citation
    2015 Carter, D. A. (2015). Rethinking pain’s under-treatment in the ED – Part 1. BodyInMind.
    2015 Carter, D. A. (2015). Rethinking pain’s under-treatment in the ED – Part 2. BodyInMind.

2017-present. I lead an Ethics Consulting service provided by Adelaide Health Technology Assessment, as detailed here.  I conduct paid consulting on applications to Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) and assist in the design and conduct of research studies, especially those that have pronounced ethical dimensions or use qualitative research methods.

2015-2017.  Jonathan Karnon, Hossein Haji Ali Afzali, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Stephen Begg, Drew Carter.  Increasing population health by making better funding decisions: Estimation of the cost-effectiveness threshold for the Australian health system.  National Health and Medical Research Council.  Project Grant.  Grant ID 1084387.  $331,398.

Scoring 6 out of 7, this application scored in the top 5% of the 3800 Project grant applications submitted in 2014. My role in the project was to help identify and overcome challenges associated with implementing an explicit and empirically derived cost-effectiveness threshold when recommending whether the government ought to fund a new health technology. In particular, I helped to design a survey to gauge the public's understanding and priorities when it comes to the potential impacts of the government using such a threshold.

2013-2018.  CIs: Alan Pearson, Alex Brown, Annette Braunack-Mayer, Ngiare Brown, Edoardo Aromataris.  AIs: Drew Carter, Carol Davy, Zoe Jordan, Craig Lockwood, Alexa McArthur, Sandeep Moola, Zachary Munn, Suzanne Robertson-Malt, Matthew Stephenson, Jackie Street, Catalin Tufanaru, Renee Williams.  Innovation in the synthesis and translation of research evidence to inform the prevention, management and treatment of chronic disease in Indigenous populations.  National Health and Medical Research Council.  Centre of Research Excellence.  App ID 1061242.  $2,482,576.    

I was actively involved in the Centre of Research Excellence in Aboriginal Chronic Disease Knowledge Translation and Exchange (CREATE).  I was a member of its Methods Group, working to create a novel tool to assess the quality of research involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  I was also a member of the Centre's Sustainable Funding Domain, collaborating on systematic reviews concerning the value and funding of health services dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

2012-2014.  Annette Braunack-Mayer, Jackie Street, Chris Reynolds, Vivienne Moore, Megan Warin, Drew Carter, John Moss, Tracy Merlin, Elizabeth Handsley.  Steward or nanny state: Consulting the public about the use of regulations and laws to address childhood obesity.  Australian National Preventive Health Agency.  Category 1.  Preventive Health Research Grant Program 2011-12.  $288,381.

My role in the HealthyLaws project included providing ethical insights to the project's deliberative engagement with citizens and co-supervising a PhD on ethics, obesity and public health policy.

Sep-Oct 2012.  Drew Carter and Paul Sendziuk.  The morality of using acute pain as a diagnostic tool in emergency medicine, together with a critical history of acute pain measurement.  The Brocher Foundation (Switzerland).  Visiting Researchers.  Approx. $20,000.

This project involved interviewing medical practitioners on the clinical and ethical reasoning underpinning pain management in the emergency department.

I currently teach ethics and public engagement in the postgraduate courses Health Technology Assessment and Health Economics.

In the past, I have taught health ethics extensively.  From 2015 to 2018 I led all of the teaching of ethics to University of Adelaide medical students.  In recent years I also co-ordinated Public Health Ethics and Saving lives or respecting rights? An introduction to health ethics, which I developed from the ground up with Professor Annette Braunack-Mayer.  I have also tutored in philosophy extensively.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2021 Co-Supervisor Service families living with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Toward a co-designed group program for children and parents. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Karen Louise May
    2019 Co-Supervisor The Role of Computer-based Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSS) in Improving Antibiotic Management Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Mah Laka
    2018 Co-Supervisor Advancing the Health Technology Assessment of Complex Interventions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Abdolvahab Baghbanian
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2017 Principal Supervisor An Ethical Analysis of Obesity, Weight Stigma, and Public Health Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Ms Alison Harwood
    2015 - 2020 Co-Supervisor The Social and Ethical Significance of Non-Problematised Middle-Aged Drinkers Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Emma Muhlack
    2015 - 2021 Principal Supervisor The Rationale and Design of Public Involvement in Health Technology Assessment: A Systems Thinking Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Edilene Lopes McInnes
    2012 - 2014 Co-Supervisor PUBLIC AND PATIENT INVOLVEMENT IN GOVERNMENT HEALTH FUNDING DECISION MAKING IN AUSTRALIA Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Part Time Ms Edilene Lopes McInnes
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2020 Principal Supervisor 3rd Year Research Placement - A Scoping Review of the Ethical Principles in ICU Admission and Discharge Guidelines Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Bachelor of Health and Medical Sciences Other Full Time 3 students
  • Position: Research Fellow - Ethics
  • Phone: 83130620
  • Email: drew.carter@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Rundle Mall Plaza, floor 5
  • Room: 5E057
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Health Technology Assessment

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