Researchers from the University of Sydney, Australian National University, the University of Melbourne and the National University of Singapore want to hear how you feel about stem cell therapy regulation in Australia. Two workshops will be held in Sydney on 21 November (one for health professionals and one for people interested in stem cell therapy, their carers and family members, including people with motor neurone disease). Two workshops are also being held in Melbourne. 

During the workshop, you will be invited to discuss ethical and legal issues regarding therapeutic use of autologous stem cell therapies (ASCs). The workshop will last three hours and will involve 10-20 people.

The workshops are scheduled as follows:

  • For health professionals

Sydney Monday November 21, 9 am - 12:30 pm (with a tea break at 10-10:30 and lunch at 12-12:30)
Melbourne Monday November 28, 9 am - 12:30 pm (with a tea break at 10-10:30 and lunch at 12-12:30)

  • For patients, carers and family members

Sydney Monday November 21, 1-4 pm (with tea breaks)
Melbourne Monday November 28, 1-4 pm (with tea breaks)

Prior to the workshop you will obtain a short policy brief with an overview of the therapeutic use of autologous ASC therapies in Australia and related ethical and legal challenges. This policy brief will serve as a starting point for discussion in the workshop.

Topics to be explored will include: 1) Are there any challenges caused by the lack of regulation of the use of ASC therapies? If so, what are they? 2) Should any areas of ASC therapies or innovation be exempt from regulation? 3) Should ASC therapies be offered as part of clinical trials and what are the best accessibility criteria?

You might wish to participate in a one-hour interview rather than in the workshop. If so, please email Dr Tereza Hendl at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and you will be sent information about the interview phase of the study.

Read more about the study, including more information on participating here.

If you have any questions about the study, please contact Dr Tereza Hendl or Professor Cameron Stewart using the contact details below.

Dr Tereza Hendl
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine
Medical Foundation Building (K25)
University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ph. 0450 400 230

Professor Cameron Stewart
Professor of Health, Law and Ethics
Sydney Law School
Rm 540, New Law Building
The University of Sydney NSW 2006

Ph. 02 9351 0250


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