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Carter, Stacy M. Professor

Director, Australian Centre for Health Engagement, Evidence and Values (ACHEEV)

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • ACHEEV is the leading centre for high-quality deliberative and values-based research in health and health policy in the Asia-Pacific region. We make health-related decisions more inclusive and democratic by constructively engaging diverse stakeholders, and more justified and legitimate by explicitly attending to ethics and values.

    Our methods include community juries, world cafés, discrete choice experiments, Delphi processes, dialogue groups and social research methods.

    ACHEEV brings content experts, ethicists, methodologists, policy actors, health professionals, consumers and citizens together around contested or controversial issues in public health and healthcare.

    My training is in public health. I taught qualitative methodology and methods for many years, and for a decade I worked at one of Australia's leading bioethics centres, where I developed a keen interest and expertise in applied and empirical ethics. I co-lead the Empirical Ethics stream of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

    As a CI in the NHMRC-funded Wiser Healthcare group, much of my recent work has been focused on the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis occurs when current standards for diagnosis--the accepted definition of a condition--causes harm. It is a counterintuitive and difficult problem for public health and health services to grapple with. While overdiagnosis is a particular issue in cancer screening, it is important in screening and testing for many other conditions.

    I work on other contested public health issues too, including vaccination rejection or hesitancy, anti-microbial resistance, control of infectious diseases, and (increasingly) the use of big data and artificial intelligence, especially in health services and healthcare.

Available as Research Supervisor

Selected Publications


Impact Story


Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Empirical ethics applied to public health and healthcare
    Qualitative and deliberative methodologies and methods applied to public health and healthcare
    Overdiagnosis and overtreatment
    Screening and diagnosis
    Preventive medicine
    Health services research
    Cancer screening and diagnosis
    Cardiovascular disease screening and diagnosis
    Ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence and big data in public health and healthcare
    Antimicrobial resistance
    Vaccination hesitancy and rejection

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Parental Mental Illness and Children's Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development Singh, Saniya
    Doctor of Philosophy Front-line Responders and Animal Owners During Civil Emergencies: Assigning Responsibility and Accommodating Vulnerability in Managing Animals in Natural Disasters. Travers, Cheryl
    Doctor of Philosophy A critical analysis of transvaginal mesh procedures in Australia Motamedi, Mina

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • A-6544-2011

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • ACHEEV is the leading centre for high-quality deliberative and values-based research in health and health policy in the Asia-Pacific region. We make health-related decisions more inclusive and democratic by constructively engaging diverse stakeholders, and more justified and legitimate by explicitly attending to ethics and values.

    Our methods include community juries, world cafés, discrete choice experiments, Delphi processes, dialogue groups and social research methods.

    ACHEEV brings content experts, ethicists, methodologists, policy actors, health professionals, consumers and citizens together around contested or controversial issues in public health and healthcare.

    My training is in public health. I taught qualitative methodology and methods for many years, and for a decade I worked at one of Australia's leading bioethics centres, where I developed a keen interest and expertise in applied and empirical ethics. I co-lead the Empirical Ethics stream of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law.

    As a CI in the NHMRC-funded Wiser Healthcare group, much of my recent work has been focused on the problems of overdiagnosis and overtreatment. Overdiagnosis occurs when current standards for diagnosis--the accepted definition of a condition--causes harm. It is a counterintuitive and difficult problem for public health and health services to grapple with. While overdiagnosis is a particular issue in cancer screening, it is important in screening and testing for many other conditions.

    I work on other contested public health issues too, including vaccination rejection or hesitancy, anti-microbial resistance, control of infectious diseases, and (increasingly) the use of big data and artificial intelligence, especially in health services and healthcare.

Selected Publications


Impact Story


Potential Supervision Topics


  • Empirical ethics applied to public health and healthcare
    Qualitative and deliberative methodologies and methods applied to public health and healthcare
    Overdiagnosis and overtreatment
    Screening and diagnosis
    Preventive medicine
    Health services research
    Cancer screening and diagnosis
    Cardiovascular disease screening and diagnosis
    Ethical and social implications of artificial intelligence and big data in public health and healthcare
    Antimicrobial resistance
    Vaccination hesitancy and rejection

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) Parental Mental Illness and Children's Social, Emotional and Cognitive Development Singh, Saniya
    Doctor of Philosophy Front-line Responders and Animal Owners During Civil Emergencies: Assigning Responsibility and Accommodating Vulnerability in Managing Animals in Natural Disasters. Travers, Cheryl
    Doctor of Philosophy A critical analysis of transvaginal mesh procedures in Australia Motamedi, Mina

Web Of Science Researcher Id


  • A-6544-2011
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