Wendy Austin

PhD, MEd, RN; John Dosseter Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta; Canada Research Chair in Relational Ethics in Healthcare

Wendy Austin is Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta and a member of the faculty of the Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Relational Ethics in health Care (July, 2003-2008). The aims of this research program include identifying ethics issues related to the care of persons who are especially vulnerable as members of marginalized populations, describing the presence or absence of relational ethics in particular practice settings and gaining further understanding of the environmental factors necessary to support ethical practice. Her clinical expertise is in psychiatric/mental health nursing and she was a founding Co-Director of the University of Alberta’s World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Nursing and Mental Health. Wendy has been an advisor in mental health to the International Council of Nurses, and is a former President of the Canadian Federation of Mental health Nurses. She is a member of the Canadian Nurses Ethics Committee.

Competing Interests/Conflicts of Interest: None to declare in the past year.