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Dr Neera Bhatia

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor

Faculty

Faculty of Business and Law

Department

BL Law

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2015
Doctor of Philosophy, Deakin University, 2014
Master of Law, University of Wolverhampton, 2003
Bachelor of Law(s), University of Wolverhampton, 2001

Biography

Dr Neera Bhatia is an Associate Professor. Neera has previously held the role of Director of Research in Deakin Law School. She holds an LLB (Hons), Masters in Law and a Doctorate in Law from Deakin University.

Neera is the author of 'Critically impaired infants and end of life decision making: Resource allocation and difficult decisions', published by Routledge Cavendish (U.K). Her research interests are in the area of health law and bioethics, more specifically, end of life decision making for critically ill infants and children. She also researches in the area of organ donation, voluntary assisted dying and other emerging health law issues.

Neera actively engages with the wider community on issues that are topical in health law. She regularly appears in the media as an expert commentator on her research areas. Neera also sits on several clinical ethics committees.

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Research interests

  • End of Life Decision Making for Critically Ill Infants and Children
  • Health Care Rationing
  • Voluntary Assisted Dying
  • Organ Donation
  • Emerging Health Technologies 
  • Cryonics
  • Health Law (more broadly)
  • Bioethics

Affiliations

  • Clinical Ethics Committee Member, Melbourne City Mission Palliative Care
  • Clinical Ethics Commitee Member, Monash Health
  • Health Law Stream Leader, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL)
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars
  • Member, Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law (AABHL)
  • Member, Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare
  • Member, Centre for Employee and Consumer Wellbeing
  • Member, Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN)

Teaching interests

  • Tort Law
  • Misleading and Deceptive Conduct

Units taught

  • MLJ704 - Torts and Policy
  • MLJ706 - Law And Policy Of Misleading Conduct And Product Liability
  • MLL213 - Tort Law
  • MLL217 - Misleading and Economic Torts

Knowledge areas

  • Tort Law 
  • Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts 
  • Health Law and Bioethics.

Expertise

Can supervise Masters and PhD Students

Conferences

  • ‘Is an ‘opt out’ system of organ donation the way to increase organ donation rates in Australia?’, HELN, Uni of Melbourne, Aus, 4/03/2019
  • 'Disagreements in the care of critically ill children’, The Nuffield Council on Bioethics (workshop), U.K, 28/11/2018
  • ‘A changing social and medical landscape in the care of critically ill infants and children’, Uni of Bristol (Centre for Ethics and Medicine, CEM), Bristol, U.K, 26/11/2018
  • 'Student and Early Career Researcher Workshop: Navigating the interdisciplinary landscape', Panellist, AABHL, Aus, 23-25/09/2018
  • '#Uncharted Territory: The new era of social media and the impact on the end of life decision-making for critically ill infants', 10th National Paediatric Bioethics ConferenceRoyal Children's Hospital, Aus, 5/09/2018
  • 'Charlie Gard: How the 'court of public opinion' may influence future end of life decision making', (ICCEC), Oxford Uni, U.K, 21/06/2018
  • 'Property rights over cadaveric organs and tissues in an 'opt out' system of organ donation in Australia and New Zealand: How important are the next of kin?', (ICCEC), Oxford Uni, U.K, 22/06/2018
  • 'Cryonics: Our frozen future or this century’s snake oil?', Invited Speaker, Sydney Health Ethics Centre, Uni of Sydney, Aus, 29/03/2018
  • 'Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation: An open dialogue about its function, impact and implementation', Aus, 13 /12/2017
  • 'Solving the organ crisis ethically', Invited Speaker, Melbourne Uni Public Lecture, Aus, 25/08/2015
  • 'Critically Impaired Infants and End of Life Decision Making: Resource Allocation and Difficult Decisions', Australian Lawyers Alliance - Medical Law Conference, Aus, 31/07/2015
  • 'Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death: Time for a change in the law', Grand Round Seminar, Royal Children's Hospital, Aus,  24/06/2015
  • 'Cutting the Cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature neonates?', Law and Society, U.S.A, 29/05/2014
  • 'Futility, Babies and the 21st Century', AABHL, Aus, 11/12/2011

Media appearances

  • Victoria Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws, Radio 3CR,1 Jul 2019
  • Introduction of Voluntary Assisted Dying Laws in Victoria, Radio:Triple M News Bulletin, 19 Jun 2019
  • Victoria's Voluntary Assisted Dying Legislation, ABC Ballarat, 19 Jun 2019
  • How to increase organ donation rates in Australia without adopting an 'opt out' system, Radio 2NM:AM981 Breakfast with Andrew Reynolds, Hunter Valley, Sydney, 28 Dec 2018
  • 'More Australians are donating organs but demand is outstripping supply', SBS News, 20 Dec 2018
  • Commentary, An opt-out system isn’t the solution to Australia’s low rate of organ donation, The Conversation, 12 Dec 2018
  • 'Diversity still so far away, right across the board', Chris Merritt,
    'Opt Out’ Organ Donation Systems and Property Rights', National Radio News with Katreena Shelley, Australia, 26 Jan 2018
  • 'Organ donations should be decided by next of kin: Deakin University expert', Geelong Advertiser, Australia, 25 Jan 2018
  • 'The role of the next-of-kin’ in organ donation and ‘Opt Out’  Systems', Radio Live News with John-Michael Swannix, New Zealand, 24 Jan 2018
  • Commentary, Three ways the Charlie Gard case could affect future end-of-life cases globally, The Conversation, 25 Jul 2017.
  • 'The case of Charlie Gard, Interview with Neera Bhatia', ABC News at Noon with Ros Childs, Australia, 25 Jul 2017
  • 'Cryonics, Interview with Dr Neera Bhatia and Marta Sandberg', ABC Lateline with David Lipson, Australia, 14 Feb 2017
  • Legal Affairs, The Australian, Australia, 27 Oct 2017
  • 'The tragic case of Charlie Gard', Interview with Neera Bhatia, ABC South East Breakfast with Simon Lauder, Australia, 28 Jul 2017
  • 'The Charlie Gard Case and the impact of social media', Interview with Neera Bhatia, ABC News Radio with Cathy Bell, Australia, 25 Jul 2017
  • Bhatia, N. and Savulescu, J., 'Cryonics: Are freezing bodies all hype, hope, or is it just logistical and ethical hell?', ABC News: Opinion, Australia, 24 Nov 2016
  • 'The Ethics of Cryonics', ABC Perth Breakfast Radio with Peter Bell, Australia, 24 Nov 2016
  • 'Life and Death Decisions for Micro-Prems', Think: Health, Radio 2SER, Australia, 8 Feb 2016
  • Commentary, Withdrawing treatment from premature babies – when doctors and parents disagree, The Conversation, 6 Feb 2016
  • Commentary with Julian Savulescu, 'Cryonics: Hope, Hype or Hell?', The Conversation, 23 Nov 2016
  • 'Debate over the definition of death, does the law need to change?’, Jill Margo, The Australian Financial Review, 27 Oct 2015
  • ‘New forms of heart transplant illegal, journal article warns’, Craig Butt, Sydney Morning Herald, Canberra Times, The Age, 21 Sept 2015
  • ‘Legal tweak could save lives’, Brad Crouch, Adelaide Advertiser, 21 Sept 2015
  • ABC 774 DRive: Radio Interview with Raphael Epstein, 21 Sept 2015
  • 'Change to law needed to ease heart transplant shortfall', Radio National News, 21 Sept 2015
  • Discussion about the legal pitfalls of heart transplantation after circulatory death and the risks for doctors, Medical Journal of Australia Podcast: Episode 28, 21 Sept 2015
  • 'Premature babies at the edge of viability', The Wire Community Radio, 8 Jul 2015
  • 'Should we save extremely premature babies?', ABC Regional Radio, 16 Jun 2015
  • 'The Ethics of saving premature babies', RN: DRIVE, ABC National Radio, 16 Jun 2015
  • Geelong academic questions cost of saving some babies, Geelong Independent, 16 Jun 2015

Projects

  • Nuffield Council on Bioethics (U.K.), Project: 'Disagreements in the care of critically ill children: Challenges for policy in changing social and medical contexts', Dr Neera Bhatia,  2018: $4,555
  • Deakin University Research Network (DURN), Project: 'End of Life Care', Chief Investigators: Dr Neera Bhatia (with Peter Martin, Rebecca Bartel), 2018: $110,000
  • Deakin University Research Network (DURN), Project: 'Gen(e)quality', Chief Investigators: Dr Neera Bhatia (with Jeffrey Craig, Evie Kendall, Maurizio Meloni, Olga Hogan), 2018: $110,000
  • 'Using children’s literature to empower paediatric cancer patients to express assent for end-of-life care choices and treatment decisions', Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN), 2018
  • 'Teaching professionalism: What can colleagues in HASS and STEM disciplines learn from each other, and what are the opportunities for interdisciplinary research?', Deakin Science and Society Network (SSN), 2018
  • End of Life Conversations: Fundamentals of legislation and complex conversations module: Collaboration with Centre for Organisational Change in Person-Centred Healthcare, Dec 2018 - Ongoing 

Publications

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2018

A human rights-based approach to compulsory treatment of young people experiencing mental disorder

J Kotzmann, N Bhatia, M McMahon

(2018), Vol. 24, pp. 20-43, Australian journal of human rights, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

When is it in a child's best interests to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment? An evolving Australian jurisprudence

L Willmott, B White, N Bhatia

(2018), Vol. 25, pp. 944-972, Journal of law and medicine, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2017

End of life decision-making for (extremely) premature or critically impaired infants

N Bhatia

(2017), pp. 249-263, Tensions and traumas in health law, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

chapter

The development of property rights over cadaveric tissues and organs: legal obstructions to the procurement of organs in an "opt-out" system of organ donation in Australia and New Zealand

N Bhatia, J Tibballs

(2017), Vol. 27, pp. 946-974, New Zealand Universities law review, New York, N.Y., C1

journal
2016

How should Australia respond to media- publicised developments on euthanasia in Belgium?

N Bhatia, B White, L Deliens

(2016), Vol. 23, pp. 835-848, Journal of law and medicine, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal
2015

Deficiencies and missed opportunities to formulate clinical guidelines in Australia for withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment in severely disabled and impaired infants

N Bhatia, J Tibballs

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 449-459, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal

Critically impaired infants and end of life decision making : resource allocation and difficult decisions

N Bhatia

(2015), Abingdon, Eng., A1

book

Transplantation of the heart after circulatory death of the donor: time for a change in law?

J Tibballs, N Bhatia

(2015), Vol. 203, pp. 268-271, Medical journal of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

journal

Cutting the cord: Can society over-invest in extremely premature and critically impaired neonates?

N Bhatia

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 443-456, Journal of law and medicine, North Ryde, N.S.W., C1

journal
2013

Best interests of neonates : time for a fundamental re-think

N Bhatia, M Bagaric

(2013), Vol. 20, pp. 852-865, Journal of law and medicine, Rozelle, N.S.W., C1

journal
2008

Telesurgery and the law

N Bhatia

(2008), pp. 171-177, Telesurgery, Berlin, Germany, B1-1

chapter
2006

Telemedicine and law

N Bhatia

(2006), pp. 61-64, Teleophthalmology, B1-1

chapter

Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Disagreements in the care of critically ill children: Challenges for policy in changing social and medical contexts.

Dr Neera Bhatia

  • 2018: $4,319

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report