Dr Steph Jowett
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
BiographyDr Steph Jowett is a socio-legal researcher in health law based in Meanjin (Brisbane, Australia).
Steph joined the Law School as a Lecturer in March 2020. She graduated from QUT in 2013 with a Bachelor of Laws and was awarded her doctorate from the School of Law in September 2020. She was a recipient of the Faculty of Business and Law Executive Dean’s Commendation for Higher Degree Research for her doctoral thesis on 'Legal barriers to consent for medical treatment of trans and gender diverse youth: A comparative and medico-legal analysis' which considered the law in Australia and in England and Wales.
Steph's research spans a range of socio-legal issues, predominately focusing on the intersection of children's health and law. While her publications principally concern consent for medical treatment of young people and access to healthcare for trans youth, she is also published on matters relating to: adolescent decision making capacity and the law; consent for involvement of children in health research; coronial determinations of suicide; and genomic data-sharing. In her work, Steph seeks to develop ways that the law can align with medicine and other bodies of knowledge.
Steph's research has been published in leading Australian and international peer-reviewed journals. Her first monograph, Consent for Medical Treatment of Trans Youth (Cambridge University Press, 2022) examines and compares the law in Australia, England and Wales and assesses how congruent the law in those jurisdictions is with medical knowledge.
Steph teaches law students about health law and about doing research. She also teaches nursing students about law and ethics as they relate to healthcare and professional nursing practice. Steph is available to discuss research and postgraduate supervision of health law topics.
Steph is a member of the Australian Centre for Health Law Research and the Childhood Adversity Research Program.
Faculty of Business & Law,
School of Law
ACHLR, children's consent, health and medical law, medical ethics, trans and gender diverse youth, legal barriers to accessing healthcare, coronial determinations of suicide
Law, Public Health and Health Services
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- PhD (Queensland University of Technology)
- Bachelor of Laws - Second Class Honours - Division A (Queensland University of Technology)
Steph seeks to teach in a way that is warm, positive, inclusive and future focused. She was recognised as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2020.
Units she is currently involved in teaching include:
- Carpenter B, Harris M, Jowett S, Tait G, Scott Bray R, (2021) Coronial Inquests, Indigenous Suicide and the Colonial Narrative, Critical Criminology, 29 (3), pp. 527-545.
- Jowett S, Kelly F, (2021) Re Imogen: A step in the wrong direction, Australian Journal of Family Law, 34 (1), pp. 31-56.
- Carpenter B, Tait G, Jowett S, (2020) The inevitability of suicide for Aboriginal Australians. In S Shahtahmasebi & H Omar, The Broader View of Suicide, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 316-332.
- Jowett S, Carpenter B, Tait G, (2020) Coronial decision-making and the management, classification and conceptualisation of the finding of 'suicide', Mortality, 25 (3), pp. 297-312.
- Jowett S, Mathews B, (2020) Current legal and clinical framework for treatment of trans and gender diverse youth in Australia, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 56 (12), pp. 1856-1860.
- Jowett S, Dallaston E, Bennett B, (2020) Genomic Research and Data-Sharing: Time to Revisit Australian Laws?, The University of Queensland Law Journal, 39 (2), pp. 341-369.
- Then S, Jowett S, (2020) Removal and use of paediatric tissue for research purposes: Legal and ethical issues in Australia, Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 56 (3), pp. 359-363.
- Jowett S, Carpenter B, Tait G, (2019) Determining a suicide under Australian law: A comparative study of coronial practice, The University of New South Wales law journal, 42 (2), pp. 534-556.
- Tait G, Carpenter B, Jowett S, (2018) Coronial practice, indigeneity and suicide, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15 (4), pp. 1-14.
- Jowett S, Carpenter B, Tait G, (2018) Determining a suicide under Australian law, University of New South Wales Law Journal, 41 (2), pp. 355-379.