Dr Nikola Stepanov
Category f—Nikola enjoys a wide and varied professional portfolio which includes working as a children's ethicist; a research ethicist; an ethics and health law academic; a mediator; and also as a consultant to government and industry. She lectures into the UQ MBBS/ MD courses, and coordinates the School of Medicine's health ethics and law course for the Bachelor of Health Science program (Hlth3000).
Her educational background is as diverse as her taste in 80s music and includes undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in health, ethics and education; a recently completed PhD in paediatric medicine, professional ethics, and (human rights) law with The University of Melbourne, and training and certification in mediation with the Department of Justice (Qld) under the National Mediator Assessment Scheme. Nikola is also currently completing the Juris Doctor (DJUR) with plans to continue to combine her academic career with a legal/mediation career specialising in children's matters. She is passionate about child advocacy and is a child-friendly and child-focussed practitioner. Nikola has also published in a variety of areas and recently co-authored a book chapter on research ethics in n of 1 studies with A/Prof Andrew Crowden, Dr Sunita Vohra and Dr Gordon Guyatt OC (the founder of ‘evidenced- based medicine’).
Nikola sits on a number of committees including the Queensland Children’s Centre for Health Ethics and Lady (at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital), the UQ Human Experimentation Ethical Review Committee, and on this committee (the Metro South Human Research Ethics Committee) as a category "F". In her spare time Nikola is a keen but slow distance runner. Other interests include sleeping, chocolate, powder skiing on sunny days, and playing forgotten 1980's hits on her tarnished saxophone "Walter".