Prof Dominique Martin



Professor in Health Ethics and Professionalism


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Graduate Certificate in University Teaching, University of Melbourne, 2014
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2011
Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, University of Melbourne, 2003
Bachelor of Arts, University of Melbourne, 2003


Dominique is Associate Professor in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University, where she leads the Ethics, Law and Professionalism team.

Dominique studied Medicine and Arts as undergraduate degrees, with majors in Philosophy and English. She spent several years working in emergency medicine while pursing postgraduate studies. She completed a PhD in Applied Ethics at the University of Melbourne in 2011 on the topic of markets in human biological materials. Her bioethics research currently focuses primarily on issues related to nephrology, professionalism in healthcare, and to the procurement, use, and distribution of medical products of human origin such as organs and tissues for transplantation, or gametes used in assisted reproductive treatments. She has played a leading role in the development of the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism, and the work of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group.

Dominique has extensive experience in teaching ethics and professionalism in online and located modes. In addition to her work as curriculum lead for Ethics, Law and Professionalism in the Deakin MD program, she has designed and developed units focused on Public Health Ethics, the Ethics of Ageing and Issues in End of Life Care, as well as Applied Ethics and Health Law and Ethics. She also designs and delivers tailored ethics programs, such as the Deakin Perioperative Ethics shortcourse, and Introduction to ethics for Clinical Ethics Committees.

Dominique is Chair of the Asia Pacific Bioethics Education Network (APBEN), which aims to promote and support excellence in bioethics and professionalism education in the Asia Pacific region via international collaboration. She is the Oceania Councillor-elect for The Transplantation Society and a member of the Doha International Academy for Organ Donation. Dominique serves as a strategic advisor for the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group, and an ethics advisor for the International Society of Nephrology. She has worked as an ethics consultant for the World Health Organization, the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority, the Qatar National Organ Donation Center, and Western Health. She is an Associate Editor of Transplantation and served on the NHMRC Organ and Tissue Working Committee (2017-2020).

Dominique has authored or co-authored more than 65 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and regularly presents at Australian and international medical and bioethics conferences.

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Research interests

Ethical considerations in kidney care (nephrology), and donation and transplantation of human biological materials including organs, tissues and cells. 

Health professionalism

Organ trafficking and transplant tourism

Ethical issues in research during the end-of-life period


Asia Pacific Bioethics Education Network

  • Chair (2021-2023)

Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law

  • Member

Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group

  • Member (2010-)
  • Co-chair (2017-2018)

Doha International Academy of Organ Donation

  • Member (2016-)

European Society of Organ Transplantation

  • Member (2020-)

International Association of Bioethics

  • Member

International Society of Nephrology

  • Member
  • Joint ethics task force of the American Society of Nephrology, European Renal Association, and the International Society of Nephrology

The Transplantation Society

  • Councillor-elect for Oceania (2022-)
  • Co-chair Ethics Committee (2014-2016)

Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand

  • Member, Vascual Composite Allograft Advisory Commitee (2022-)

Teaching interests

Health ethics and professionalism

Bioethics, applied ethics

Knowledge areas


Applied ethics

Professional ethics

Organ trafficking and transplant tourism

Media appearances

Newspaper, blogs and magazines

Sarah Glazer, 'Organ Trafficking.' CQ Researcher, 24 Jun 2022. Available at:

Sara Narvaiza, 'Ethical implications of organ donation and transplantation', Medical College Organization of Spain, 27 Aug 2021. [in Spanish] Available at:

Fact Check: the medevac bill. RMIT Fact Check, 1 Mar 2019. Available at:

Julie Lambert, 'Early intervention: nipping poor practice in the bud', Medical Republic, 7 Feb 2018. Available at:


'Chimeras in medicine - Part 1: Xenotransplantation. The Health Report with Norman Swan. 25 Oct 2021. Available at:

'Chimeras in medicine - Part 2: Avatars. The Health Report with Norman Swan. Nov 2021. Available at:

Television, YouTube and Streaming

Hilary Harper, 'Dead Calm: Bodies', The Wheeler Centre, 1 Nov 2018. Available at:

Allison Langdon, 'Saying Thanks', Sixty Minutes, 29 Jul 2018. Available at:

Jason McLure, 'The 'Red Market' in human organs', Global Journalist, 26 Apr 2018. Available at:

Sheridan Stewart, 'Ethics and attitudes towards organ donation', Drive (ABC Sunshine Coast), 31 Jul 2018. Available at:


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The Declaration of Istanbul on organ trafficking and transplant tourism

Dominique Martin, Ahmed Nada

(2024), Vol. 2, pp. 1521-1521, Living Donor Organ Transplantation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, B1

book chapter

Uterus Transplantation as a Surgical Innovation

A Pérez-Blanco, J Seoane, T Pallás, M Nieto-Moro, R Calonge, A de la Fuente, D Martin

(2023), Vol. 20, pp. 367-378, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, C1

journal article

Australian Donation and Transplantation Biobank: A Research Biobank Integrated Within a Deceased Organ and Tissue Donation Program

Varun Sharma, Graham Starkey, Rohit D'Costa, Fiona James, Effie Mouhtouris, Lisa Davis, Boa Wang, Angela Vago, Jaishankar Raman, Laura Mackay, Helen Opdam, Robert Jones, M Grayson, Dominique Martin, Claire Gordon

(2023), Vol. 9, TRANSPLANTATION DIRECT, United States, C1

journal article

Decision-making About Premortem Interventions for Donation: Navigating Legal and Ethical Complexities

Shih-Ning Then, Dominique Martin, Andrew McGee, Dale Gardiner, Nadia El Moslemani

(2023), pp. 1-9, Transplantation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article

Understanding the Brain-based Determination of Death When Organ Recovery Is Performed With DCDD In Situ Normothermic Regional Perfusion

James Bernat, Beatriz Domínguez-Gil, Alexandra Glazier, Dale Gardiner, Alexander Manara, Sam Shemie, Robert Porte, Dominique Martin, Helen Opdam, Andrew McGee, Marta López Fraga, Michel Rayar, Thomas Kerforne, Mirela Bušić, Renato Romagnoli, Marinella Zanierato, Stefan Tullius, Eduardo Miñambres, Mario Royo-Villanova, Francis Delmonico

(2023), Vol. 107, pp. 1650-1654, Transplantation, Baltimore, Md., C1

journal article

Certainty, Science, and the Brain-Based Definition of Death

Dominique Martin, Cynthia Forlini, Emma Tumilty

(2023), Vol. 14, pp. 279-282, AJOB Neuroscience, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Deciding about living organ donation: balancing risk management and autonomy

Dominique Martin

(2022), Vol. 3, pp. 133-150, Ethical Challenges of Organ Transplantation Current Debates and International Perspectives, Transcript Verlag, B1

book chapter

Transitions in decision-making authority at the end of life: A problem of law, ethics and practice in deceased donation

S Then, D Martin

(2022), Vol. 48, pp. 112-117, Journal of Medical Ethics, England, C1

journal article

First clinical-grade porcine kidney xenotransplant using a human decedent model

Paige Porrett, Babak Orandi, Vineeta Kumar, Julie Houp, Douglas Anderson, A Killian, Vera Hauptfeld-Dolejsek, Dominque Martin, Sara Macedon, Natalie Budd, Katherine Stegner, Amy Dandro, Maria Kokkinaki, Kasinath Kuravi, Rhiannon Reed, Huma Fatima, John Killian, Gavin Baker, Jackson Perry, Emma Wright, Matthew Cheung, Elise Erman, Karl Kraebber, Tracy Gamblin, Linda Guy, James George, David Ayares, Jayme Locke

(2022), Vol. 22, pp. 1-17, American Journal of Transplantation, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Ethical Aspects of Kidney Donation and Transplantation for Migrants

D Martin, R Fadhil, A Więcek

(2022), Vol. 42, Seminars in Nephrology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Moral Distress and Moral Injury in Nephrology During the COVID-19 Pandemic

K Ducharlet, M Trivedi, S Gelfand, H Liew, L McMahon, G Ashuntantang, F Brennan, M Brown, D Martin

(2021), Vol. 41, pp. 253-261, Seminars in Nephrology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

In Defense of Patient Autonomy in Kidney Failure Care When Treatment Choices Are Limited

D Martin, E Muller

(2021), Vol. 41, pp. 242-252, Seminars in Nephrology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Addressing ethical confusion in deceased donation and transplantation research: the need for dedicated guidance

Dominique Martin, Antonia Cronin, Anne Dalle Ave, Frank van Haren, Jayme Locke, Eduardo Minambres, Gabriel Oniscu, Brendan Parent

(2021), Vol. 34, pp. 2459-2468, Transplant International, London, Eng., C1

journal article

The role of kidney transplantation as a component of integrated care for chronic kidney disease

P O'Connell, M Brown, T Chan, R Claure-Del Granado, S Davies, S Eiam-Ong, M Hassan, K Kalantar-Zadeh, A Levin, D Martin, E Muller, S Ossareh, I Tchokhonelidze, M Trask, A Twahir, A Were, C Yang, A Zemchenkov, P Harden

(2020), Vol. 10, pp. e78-e85, Kidney International Supplements, United States, C1

journal article

Developing the ethical framework of end-stage kidney disease care: from practice to policy

V Luyckx, D Martin, M Moosa, A Bello, E Bellorin-Font, T Chan, R Claure-Del Granado, W Douthat, S Eiam-Ong, F Eke, B Goh, V Jha, E Kendal, A Liew, Y Mengistu, E Muller, I Okpechi, E Rondeau, M Sahay, M Trask, T Vachharajani

(2020), Vol. 10, pp. e72-e77, Kidney International Supplements, United States, C1

journal article

Ethical challenges in nephrology: a call for action

D Martin, D Harris, V Jha, L Segantini, R Demme, T Le, L McCann, J Sands, G Vong, P Wolpe, M Fontana, G London, B Vanderhaegen, R Vanholder

(2020), Vol. 16, pp. 603-613, Nature Reviews Nephrology, England, C1

journal article

Conflicts of interest in the context of end of life care for potential organ donors in Australia

F van Haren, A Carter, E Cavazzoni, M Chapman, R D'Costa, S Jones, A McGee, S Moodie, L Nunnink, M O'Leary, H Opdam, S Radford, A Turner, D Martin

(2020), Vol. 59, pp. 166-171, Journal of Critical Care, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Ethics of kidney care in the era of COVID-19

D Martin, J Parsons, F Caskey, D Harris, V Jha

(2020), Vol. 98, pp. 1424-1433, Kidney International, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Increasing access to integrated ESKD care as part of universal health coverage

D Harris, S Davies, F Finkelstein, V Jha, J Donner, G Abraham, A Bello, F Caskey, G Garcia, P Harden, B Hemmelgarn, D Johnson, N Levin, V Luyckx, D Martin, M McCulloch, M Moosa, P O'Connell, I Okpechi, R Pecoits Filho, K Shah, L Sola, C Swanepoel, M Tonelli, A Twahir, W van Biesen, C Varghese, C Yang, C Zuniga, A Abu Alfa, H Aljubori, M Alrukhaimi, S Andreoli, G Ashuntantang, E Bellorin-Font, B Bernieh, F Ibhais, P Blake, M Brown, E Brown, S Bunnag, T Chan, Y Chen, R Claure-Del Granado, S Claus, A Collins, C Couchoud, A Cueto-Manzano, B Cullis, W Douthat, G Dreyer, S Eiam-Ong, F Eke, J Feehally, M Ghnaimat, B Goh, M Hassan, F Hou, K Jager, K Kalantar-Zadeh, R Kazancioglu, A Levin, A Liew, M McKnight, Y Mengistu, R Morton, E Muller, F Murtagh, S Naicker, M Nangaku, A Niang, G Obrador, S Ossareh, J Perl, M Rahman, H Rashid, M Richards, E Rondeau, M Sahay, A Saleh, D Schneditz, I Tchokhonelidze, V Tesar, M Trask, K Tungsanga, T Vachharajani, R Walker, R Walker, A Were, Q Yao, K Yeates, X Yu, E Zakharova, A Zemchenkov, M Zhao

(2019), Vol. 95, pp. S1-S33, Kidney International, United States, C1

journal article

Strengthening Global Efforts to Combat Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism: Implications of the 2018 Edition of the Declaration of Istanbul

D Martin, K Van Assche, B Domínguez-Gil, M López-Fraga, R García Gallont, E Muller, A Capron

(2019), Vol. 5, Transplantation Direct, United States, C1

journal article

Chasing cures: Rewards and risks for rare disease patient organisations involved in research

D Pinto, D Martin, R Chenhall

(2018), Vol. 13, pp. 123-147, BioSocieties, C1

journal article

Management of Patients Who Receive an Organ Transplant Abroad and Return Home for Follow-up Care: Recommendations from the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group

B Domínguez-Gil, G Danovitch, D Martin, M López-Fraga, K Van Assche, M Morris, J Lavee, G Erlich, R Fadhil, M Busic, G Rankin, M Al-Rukhaimi, P O'Connell, J Chin, T Norman, P Massari, R Kamel, F Delmonico

(2018), Vol. 102, pp. e2-e9, Transplantation, United States, C1

journal article

Self-sufficiency in human biological materials - time for an Aristotelian perspective on donation policies

D Martin

(2018), Vol. 3, pp. 59-65, Proceedings of the XXIII World Congress of Philosophy, Athens, Greece, E1


Ethical aspects of medical products of human origin

D Martin

(2017), Vol. 12, pp. 281-287, ISBT science series, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Ethical Issues in Transnational Eye Banking

D Martin, R Kelly, G Jones, H MacHin, G Pollock

(2017), Vol. 36, pp. 252-257, Cornea, United States, C1

journal article

Ethical issues in dialysis therapy

V Jha, D Martin, J Bargman, S Davies, J Feehally, F Finkelstein, D Harris, M Misra, G Remuzzi, A Levin

(2017), Vol. 389, pp. 1851-1856, The Lancet, England, C1

journal article

Primary care physicians' views about gate-keeping in clinical research recruitment: a qualitative study

D Martin, M Guillemin, R McDougall, A Brookes, N Hallowell, L Gillam

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 99-105, AJOB empirical bioethics, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Banking on living kidney donors - a new way to facilitate donation without compromising on ethical values

D Martin, G Danovitch

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 537-558, Journal of medicine and philosophy, Oxford, Eng., C1

journal article

Report on the Community Consultative Forum: Contact between donor families and transplant recipients

D Martin

(2017), Melbourne, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper

Prevention of transnational transplant-related crimes-what more can be done?

D Martin, K Van Assche, B Domínguez-Gil, M López-Fraga, D Budiani-Saberi, J Lavee, A Tibell, F Moazam, E Muller, G Danovitch, I Codreanu, S Naicker, M Al Rukhaimi, S McGuinness, M Bakr, M Moniruzzaman, A Capron, F Delmonico

(2016), Vol. 100, pp. 1776-1784, Transplantation, United States, C1-1

journal article

The involvement of patient organisations in rare disease research: A mixed methods study in Australia

D Pinto, D Martin, R Chenhall

(2016), Vol. 11, Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, England, C1-1

journal article

Trade in kidneys is ethically intolerable

D Martin

(2016), Vol. 1, pp. 180-184, Indian journal of medical ethics, Mumbai, India, C1

journal article

Statement of the declaration of istanbul custodian group regarding payments to families of deceased organ donors

A Capron, F Delmonico, B Dominguez-Gil, D Martin, G Danovitch, J Chapman

(2016), Vol. 100, pp. 2006-2009, Transplantation, United States, C1

journal article

Therapeutic appropriation: A new concept in the ethics of clinical research

R McDougall, D Martin, L Gillam, N Hallowell, A Brookes, M Guillemin

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 805-808, Journal of Medical Ethics, England, C1

journal article

Medical products of human origin: towards global governance tools

L Noel, D Martin

(2015), pp. 383-396, New cannibal markets: globalisation and commodification of the human body, Paris, France, B1-1

book chapter

Pediatric donation after circulatory determination of death: Respecting the interests of children through routine consideration of donation opportunities

D Martin, M Siebelink, B Domínguez-Gil

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 23-25, American journal of bioethics, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Financial incentives for living kidney donors: are they necessary?

D Martin, S White

(2015), Vol. 66, pp. 389-395, American journal of kidney diseases, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

journal article

Pediatric deceased donation - a report of the Transplantation Society meeting in Geneva

D Martin, T Nakagawa, M Siebelink, K Bramstedt, J Brierley, F Dobbels, J Rodrigue, M Sarwal, R Shapiro, B Dominguez-Gil, G Danovitch, S Sweet, R Trompeter, F Moazam, M Bos, F Delmonico

(2015), Vol. 99, pp. 1403-1409, Transplantation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article

Implementation of China's new policies on organ procurement: An important but challenging step forward

D Martin, A Tibell

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 142-144, Hepatobiliary surgery and nutrition, C1-1

journal article

Living and deceased organ donation should be financially neutral acts

F Delmonico, D Martin, B Domínguez-Gil, E Muller, V Jha, A Levin, G Danovitch, A Capron

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 1187-1191, American journal of transplantation, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Ethical issues and transplant tourism

D Martin, F Delmonico

(2014), pp. 69-74, Kidney transplantation : practical guide to management, Berlin, Germany, B1-1

book chapter

The Doha model of organ donation and transplantation: thinking beyond citizenship

D Martin, R Fadhil

(2014), Vol. 2, pp. 293-329, Griffith journal of law & human dignity, Gold Coast, Qld., C1-1

journal article

National self-sufficiency in reproductive resources: an innovative response to transnational reproductive travel

D Martin, S Kane

(2014), Vol. 7, pp. 10-44, International journal of feminist approaches to bioethics, Ontario, Canada., C1-1

journal article

Comment faire face au trafic d'organes ? Le point de vue du Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group

D Martin

(2014), Vol. 14, pp. 62-65, Le courrier de la transplantation, Courbevoie, France., C1-1

journal article

Organ trafficking and transplant tourism: the role of global professional ethical standards - the 2008 declaration of Istanbul

G Danovitch, J Chapman, A Capron, A Levin, M Abbud-Filho, M Al Mousawi, W Bennett, D Budiani-Saberi, W Couser, I Dittmer, V Jha, J Lavee, D Martin, M Masri, S Naicker, S Takahara, A Tibell, F Shaheen, V Anantharaman, F Delmonico

(2013), Vol. 95, pp. 1306-1312, Transplantation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1-1

journal article

Perilous Voyages: Travel Abroad for organ transplants and stem cell treatments.

D Martin

(2012), pp. 138-166, Risks and challenges in medical tourism : understanding the global market for health services, Santa Barbara, Calif., B1-1

book chapter

How to address the ethics of reproductive travel to developing countries: a comparison of national self-sufficiency and regulated market approaches

G Crozier, D Martin

(2012), Vol. 12, pp. 45-54, Developing world bioethics, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

The long road from the kidney bazaar: a commentary on Pakistan's progress towards self-sufficiency in organ transplantation

D Martin

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 1-12, PORTAL journal of multidisciplinary international studies, Sydney, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

Caution: deceased donor organ commercialism!

M Epstein, D Martin, G Danovitch

(2011), Vol. 24, pp. 958-964, Transplant international, Chichester, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Medical travel and the sale of human biological materials: suggestions for ethical policy development

D Martin

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 377-395, Global social policy, London, Eng, C1-1

journal article

Professional and public ethics united in condemnation of transplant tourism

D Martin

(2010), Vol. 10, pp. 18-20, American journal of bioethics, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Ethical Investigation and Consultation on Contact between Donor Families and Transplant Recipients

Prof Dominique Martin

Organ & Tissue Authority Australia

  • 2018: $6,000
  • 2017: $30,000


No completed student supervisions to report