Dr Tamara Browne



Senior Lecturer, Health Ethics, Law And Professional Development


Faculty of Health


School of Medicine


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



Tamara is a bioethicist and philosopher of medicine. She is a Senior Lecturer in Health Ethics and Professionalism in the School of Medicine at Deakin University and University and an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Practical and Public Ethics Research Group at Charles Sturt University. She has degrees in Biotechnology, History and Philosophy of Science, and Sociology. She completed her PhD at the Centre for Family Research at the University of Cambridge. Her primary research expertise is in the ethics of non-medical sex selection, mental illness and gender. Her book, Depression and the Self: Meaning, Control and Authenticity, published with Cambridge University Press, focuses on issues of control, responsibility and the self in depression and uses qualitative interviews with women to explore this topic.

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Biography summary

Her papers have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Medical Ethics, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Health, Risk and Society and Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy. Her work has also appeared in the media, including The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, The Globe and Mail, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Conversation, Wired, ABC radio and The Project. She has received professional recognition for her teaching, becoming a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. While a Lecturer in Bioethics at the Australian National University, her skills were also recognised with three teaching awards – the Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning - with a Colleges of Science Award, a Vice-Chancellor’s Award and a National Award.

Teaching interests


Health ethics


Ethics and philosophy of: 1. mental illness (particularly depression, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and female sexual dysfunction) 2. reproductive technology (particularly sex selection and sex determination) 3. sex and gender I welcome Higher Degree Research students in these areas.
  • Ethics
  • Gender
  • Gender issues
  • Philosophy

Media appearances


2018 Sex selection, The Project


2020 Gender disappointemt, ABC Radio Melbourne, 16 April

2018 Gender neutral clothing, ABC Radio Melbourne, 27 Nov

2018 Depression and your sense of self, All in the MindABC Radio National

2017 Sex selection, ABC Radio Melbourne, Talking Lifestyles and National Radio News

2015 Sex selection, ABC Radio Canberra

2014 Premenstrual dysphoric disorder, ABC Radio Canberra


2017 Gender and clothing, The Sydney Morning Herald

2017 Sex selection, the Huffington Post UK and Australian Fairfax newspapers, e.g. The Age

2014 Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder reported in Australian Fairfax newspapers, e.g. The Sydney Morning Heraldand news.com.au

2013 Female Sexual Dysfunction, The Globe and Mail


2012 Bioethics on Entitled Opinions

Opinion Pieces

2020 Hendl, T. and Browne, T.K. Sad About Having a Boy Not a Girl? Your Distress Might be Real but ‘Gender Disappointment’ is No Mental Illness, The Conversation, 10 March

2018 Browne, T.K. The Importance of Feeling Authentic on Antidepressants, Fifteen Eighty Four,13 Sep

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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Shaping children through genetic and environmental means

C Gyngell, T Browne

(2023), Journal of Medical Ethics, C1

journal article

Gender: Ongoing debates and future directions

T Hendl, T Browne

(2022), pp. 151-166, The Routledge Handbook of Feminist Bioethics, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

Relational Autonomy: Addressing the Vulnerabilities of Women in a Global Pandemic

Petra Brown, Tamara Browne

(2022), Vol. 28, pp. 55-71, Lilith: A Feminist History Journal, Canberra, A.C.T., C1

journal article

Know Thyself: Jane Discovers the Value of Her Depression

Tamara Browne, Tamara Browne

(2020), pp. 319-324, International Perspectives in Values-based Mental Health Practice: Case Studies and Commentaries, Berlin, Germany, B1

book chapter

Bioconservatism, bioenhancement and backfiring

T Browne, S Clarke

(2020), Vol. 49, pp. 241-256, Journal of moral education, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Is 'gender disappointment' a unique mental illness?

T Hendl, T Browne

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 281-294, Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy, Berlin, Germany, C1

journal article

Depression and the self: meaning, control and authenticity

T Browne

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


How should we understand family-centred care?

S Uniacke, T Browne, L Shields

(2018), Vol. 22, pp. 460-469, Journal of Child Health Care, England, C1

journal article

Why parents should not be told the sex of their fetus

T Browne

(2017), Vol. 43, pp. 5-10, Journal of Medical Ethics, England, C1

journal article

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, United States, C1-1

journal article

How sex selection undermines reproductive autonomy

Tamara Browne

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Is Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder really a disorder?

T Browne

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Associate Supervisor

Danica Janse Van Vuuren

Thesis entitled: A Phenomenology of Feelings of Worthlessness and Suicidality in Some Cases of Depression

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences