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Dr Tamara Browne



Lecturer In Health Ethics, Law And Professional Development


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2013
Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge, 2007
Bachelor of Science, University of Sydney, 2004
Bachelor of Biotechnology, Australian National University, 2003


Ethics and philosophy of: mental illness (particularly depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and female sexual dysfunction); and reproductive technology (particularly sex selection and sex determination).
  • Ethics
  • Gender
  • Gender issues
  • Philosophy

Media appearances

Media Coverage

2018 All in the Mind program on my book, Depression and the Self, on ABC Radio National

2017 Interviewed for an article on gender neutral clothing in The Sydney Morning Herald

2017 Research on sex selection and autonomy reported in the Huffington Post UK and Australian Fairfax newspapers (e.g. The Age) and interviewed on ABC Radio Melbourne, Talking Lifestyles and National Radio News

2015 Interviewed on the ethics of sex selection for ABC Radio Canberra

2014 Research on Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder reported in Australian Fairfax newspapers (e.g. The Sydney Morning Herald), other websites and newspapers, and interviewed on ABC Radio Canberra

2013 Interviewed for a feature article on Female Sexual Dysfunction in The Globe and Mail (Canadian broadsheet)

2012 Guest for a show on Bioethics on Entitled Opinions (a radio program hosted by Professor Robert Harrison at Stanford University)


Web-Based Publications

2017 Browne, T.K. We Need to Rethink How We Classify Mental Illness, The Guardian, 30 Oct.

2017 Browne, T.K. and Hendl, T. Gender Equity, Not Sex Selection, Journal of Bioethical Inquiry Blog, 20 June.

2017 Browne, T.K. Parents Don’t Need Sex Selection to Get the Gender They Want, The Guardian, 29 April.

2015 Browne, T.K. Parent Planning: We Shouldn't Be Allowed to Choose Our Children's Sex, The Ethics Centre, 16 Sep (reprinted in Center for Genetics and Society blog).

2015 Browne, T.K. The Disordered Logic of Female Sexual Interest/Arousal Disorder, Impact Ethics, 8 Sep.

2013 Kayali, T. Forgotten Ethics in Canadian Dementia Care Guidelines, Impact Ethics, 17 April.

2013 Kayali, T. Female Sexual Dysfunction and Disease Mongering, Psychology Today and The Huffington Post, 4 March.


2016 Australian Award for University Teaching – Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

2016 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education – Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career), ANU

2015 Colleges of Science Award – Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (Early Career), ANU


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Bioconservatism, bioenhancement and backfiring

T Browne, S Clarke

(2019), Journal of moral education, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Is 'gender disappointment' a unique mental illness?

T Hendl, T Browne

(2019), pp. 1-14, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Berlin, Germany, C1


How should we understand family-centred care?

Suzanne Uniacke, Tamara Browne, Linda Shields

(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 460-469, Journal of child health care, London, Eng., C1


Depression and the self: meaning, control and authenticity

T Browne

(2018), Cambridge, Eng., A1-1


Why parents should not be told the sex of their fetus

T Browne

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 5-10, Journal of medical ethics, London, Eng., C1


A relational approach to genetic counseling for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

R Forbes Shepherd, T Browne, L Warwick

(2017), Vol. 26, pp. 283-299, Journal of genetic counseling, New York, N.Y., C1-1


How sex selection undermines reproductive autonomy

Tamara Browne

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 195-204, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1


An ethics review panel for the DSM: a worthwhile challenge

T Browne

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 235-240, Philosophy, psychiatry and psychology, Baltimore, Md., C1


A role for philosophers, sociologists and bioethicists in revising the DSM a philosophical case conference

T Browne

(2017), Vol. 24, pp. 187-201, Philosophy, psychiatry and psychology, Baltimore, Md., C1


Is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder really a disorder?

T Browne

(2015), Vol. 12, pp. 313-330, Journal of bioethical inquiry, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Depression as unhomelike being-in-the-world? Phenomenology's challenge to our understanding of illness

T Browne, F Iqbal

(2013), Vol. 16, pp. 31-39, Medicine, health care and philosophy, Berlin, Germany, C1-1


Making sense of melancholy: sub-categorisation and the perceived risk of future depression

T Browne, F Iqbal

(2012), Vol. 14, pp. 171-189, Health, risk and society, Abingdon, Eng, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

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