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Dr Ruth Townsend is a senior lecturer in law, ethics and professionalism, and has most recently practiced as a general senior legal officer for a large government institution.  She has also practiced as in-house counsel on commercial law matters for the NSW government. Ruth has a special interest in administrative law and governance, having previously acted in the role of University Ombudsman. She also has an interest in health law and ethics and is the and in 2020, the second edition of the book she originally co-authored and edited with Dr Morgan Luck in 2013, ‘Applied Paramedic Law, Ethics and Professionalism’, was published by Elsevier.

Ruth has lived in regional NSW for around 20 years first practicing as a paramedic and then lawyer in the central west region of NSW and is therefore dedicated to researching rural and regional issues.

Ruth is currently working with Associate Professor Larissa Bamberry, Dr Stacey Jenkins, Dr Donna Bridges and Professor Branka Krivokapic-Skoko on issues of women and work, particularly emergency services.

Professional Information

Member Institute Land, Water and Society

Research Interests

  • Health
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Rural and regional issues

Education/Academic qualification

law, PhD

Award Date: 18 Jul 2018

External positions

Lecturer, Australian National University

31 Jan 201031 Jan 2014


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