A/Prof. Dominique Martin



Associate Professor of 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 Bioethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University. She studied Medicine and Arts as undergraduate degrees, with majors in Philosophy and English. 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 focuses primarily on issues related to 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 is also interested in the ethics of dialysis, and professionalism issues relating to sale of unproven stem cell interventions.

Dominique is a member of NHMRC Organ and Tissue Working Committee and of the Doha International Academy for Organ Donation, and an Associate Editor of Transplantation. She is past co-chair of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group and of the Ethics Committee of The Transplantation Society. Dominique has worked with the World Health Organization and the Australian Organ and Tissue Authority on ethical issues in donation and transplantation. 
Dominique has authored or co-authored more than 35 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 issues of medical products of human origin, international travel for health care, dialysis, and unproven stem cell interventions

Health professionalism

Organ trafficking


Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group

Doha International Academy of Organ Donation

International Association of Bioethics

International Society of Nephrology

The Transplantation Society

Transplantation Society of Australia and New Zealand

Teaching interests

Health ethics and professionalism


Knowledge areas

Bioethics; applied ethics; professional ethics

Media appearances

Newspaper, blogs and magazines

Julie Lambert, 'Early intervention: nipping poor practice in the bud', Medical Republic, 7 Feb 2018. Available at: http://medicalrepublic.com.au/early-intervention-nipping-poor-practice-bud/12919

Michelle Starr, 'Frankensteins in history. It's alive!', CNET Magazine, 26 Oct 2017. Available at: https://www.cnet.com/news/dr-frankenstein-a-brief-history-of-real-life-monsters/

Agnès Noël, 'Les migrants, cibles du trafic d'organes', Le Monde, 5 Sep 2017. Available at: http://www.lemonde.fr/sciences/article/2017/09/04/les-migrants-cibles-du-trafic-d-organes_5180796_1650684.html

Olivia Campbell, 'This New App Is Tinder For Sperm And Egg Donors', Huffington Post, 5 May 2017. Available at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/sperm-egg-donation-app-just-baby_us_58ffa2d5e4b091e8c71100af 

Rebecca Feller, 'Paying for pregnancy? The cost of commercial surrogacy', This., Mar 2017. Available at: http://this.deakin.edu.au/culture/paying-for-pregnancy-the-cost-of-commercial-surrogacy

'International academy for organ donation launched', Middle East Monitor, Nov 2016. Available at: http://www.middleeasthealthmag.com/nov2016/meupdate.htm

Television, YouTube and Streaming

Hilary Harper, 'Dead Calm: Bodies', The Wheeler Centre, 1 Nov 2018. Available at: https://www.wheelercentre.com/broadcasts/dead-calm-bodies

Allison Langdon, 'Saying Thanks', Sixty Minutes, 29 Jul 2018. Available at: https://www.9now.com.au/60-minutes/2018/extras/extra-mins/july/saying-thanks-2

Jason McLure, 'The 'Red Market' in human organs', Global Journalist, 26 Apr 2018. Available at: http://www.kbia.org/post/global-journalist-red-market-human-organs#stream/0


Sheridan Stewart, 'Ethics and attitudes towards organ donation', Drive (ABC Sunshine Coast), 31 Jul 2018. Available at: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/south-queensland-drive/organ-ethics/10058148

Danny Tran, 'Bid to end 'transplant tourism': experts', PM (ABC), 9 May 2017. Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2016/s4666254.htm


Dominique Martin with Megan Munsie, presented by Elisabeth Lopez, 'Celll sell: the ethics of the transnational human tissue market,' Up Close, 9 Oct 2015. Available at: https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/podcasts/cell-sell-the-ethics-of-the-transnational-human-tissue-market


Sanjay Nagral, Vivek Jha and Dominique Martin, 'Rewarding families of deceased organ donors is an ethical minefield, especially in India', Scroll.in, 28 Sep 2017. Available at: https://scroll.in/pulse/852124/rewarding-families-of-deceased-organ-donors-is-an-ethical-minefield-especially-in-india

Dominique Martin, ‘Organ donation boost requires action, not just talk’, The Conversation, 25 Feb 2013. Available at: http://theconversation.edu.au/organ-donation-boost-requiresaction-not-just-talk- 12274

Dominique Martin, ‘Action to stop thriving global organ trade must start at home’ The Conversation, 1 Jun 2012. Available at: http://theconversation.edu.au/action-to-stopthriving-global-organ-trade- must-start-at-home-7333 


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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), pp. 1-17, American Journal of Transplantation, Chichester, Eng., 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, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 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, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 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, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 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, pp. 1-13, Transplantation direct, Philadelphia, Pa., 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, Basingstoke, Eng., 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, Philadelphia, Pa., 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, Philadelphia, Pa., 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, International Society of Nephrology Ethical Dialys

(2017), Vol. 389, pp. 1851-1856, Lancet, London, Eng., 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. 1-9, Transplantation, Philadelphia, Pa., 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, pp. 1-15, Orphanet journal of rare diseases, London, Eng., 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

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

(2016), Vol. 100, pp. 2006-2009, Transplantation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1

journal article

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

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

(2016), Vol. 42, pp. 805-808, Journal of medical ethics, London, Eng., 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

A/Prof Dominique Martin

Organ & Tissue Authority Australia

  • 2018: $6,000
  • 2017: $30,000


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