Centre for Law and Genetics

Rebekah McWhirter

CLG Member - Dr Rebekah McWhirter

Phone: +61 3 6226 4605

Email: Rebekah.McWhirter@utas.edu.au


Dr McWhirter is a postdoctoral research fellow in cancer genetics at the Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania, and the Menzies School of Health Research, Charles Darwin University. Her involvement with the CLG began in 2012 when she joined the team for The biobank project Tasmania- a community consultation. She has continued to collaborate with the members of the CLG on projects relating to the ethical, social and legal implications of genetics. Her current projects include: an investigation of the role of genetic susceptibility in a cluster of vulvar cancer in young Aboriginal women in the NT; ethical and legal issues in biobanking; and a qualitative study aimed at improving informed consent processes. She has a particular research interest in genetics and Indigenous health, and publishes on statistical genetic issues and bioethical analyses relating to this field. Her work has a strong translational focus, with an emphasis on effecting evidence-based change to policy and practice. She has been a member of the Tasmanian Health and Medical Human Research Ethics Committee since 2012. 

Research Interests 

Genetic epidemiology; bioethics; Indigenous health