Wendy Bonython

Medico-legal researcher

In this talk at TEDx­Can­ber­ra 2013, Wendy raises issues of data pri­vacy and sov­er­eignty over our per­son­al health inform­a­tion. In a world where such data is being used more fre­quently, who owns it, why and what can we do about it?


Wendy Bonython is a leg­al aca­dem­ic who researches at the inter­sec­tion of law, bio­tech­no­logy, medi­cine, and human rights. Wendy has a PhD in molecu­lar medi­cine and post gradu­ate qual­i­fic­a­tions in law. She teaches torts and men­tal health law, and has pub­lished on top­ics includ­ing genet­ic pri­vacy, liab­il­ity of people with men­tal ill­ness, and autonomy and dig­nity in health­care.

Wendy is cur­rently co-author­ing a book on men­tal health and the law in Aus­tralia. She has also spent a lot of time at the fun end of a micro­scope, and knows far more about the bio­logy of chick­en tibi­al growth plates than makes for good con­ver­sa­tion.