Wendy Austin


Wendy Austin, PhD is Professor Emeritus with the Faculty of Nursing and the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, Wendy’s approach to health ethics is relational ethics. She held a Canada Research Chair in Relational Ethics in Health Care from 2003-2013 and takes an interdisciplinary approach to study ethical issues in health care, including from a global perspective. Dissemination of research includes in book form (​Lying Down in the Ever-Falling Snow) and through film (​Just Keep Breathing ​ re: moral distress of PICU staff). Recent teaching includes interdisciplinary graduate courses, Healthcare Ethics ​ and ​Research Ethics. Her clinical expertise is in mental health nursing; she is an editor of ​Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing for Canadian Practice; its 5​th​ edition coming in 2022. She has served on The Canadian Nurses Association’s Ethics Committee.