Prof Thomas Alured Faunce

Australian Research Council Future Fellow

College of Law and College of Medicine

Biology and the Environment, Australian National University
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Thomas Alured Faunce graduated with arts and law (honours) from the Australian National University in 1982. As a law student he won the prizes for contracts and air and space law was part of a team which won the Philip C. Jessup Cup international law mooting competition. Faunce was legal associate to Justice Lionel Murphy of the High Court of Australia in 1983 in the year when it was involved in important decisions about the Australian constitutional power to protect the world's natural heritage in the Franklin River dam case, Scientology and the Australian constitutional meaning of religion, freedom of speech, trial by jury, the right to vote and the political trials of terrorist groups. Between 1983 and 1987 he worked as a barrister and solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Canberra and with Freehills in Sydney.

Faunce graduated from medicine at the University of Newcastle in 1993 and practised in Emergency Medicine at Wagga Wagga Base Hospital, and Intensive Care and Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Canberra Hospital and (as Senior Registrar in Intensive Care) at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne Australia (where he treated patients involved in the 2002 Bali bombings).

Faunce completed a PhD on the Human Genome Project and Health Policy at the ANU in 2000 and it was awarded the Crawford prize (best PhD in all fields at the ANU in 2001), named in honour of John Crawford (economist). This has now been published as 'Pilgrims in Medicine' by Kluwer law International. Faunce was a founding member of the National Biosecurity Centre at the ANU, serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Medical Humanities and edits the Medical law Reporter for the Australian Journal of Law and Medicine. He has published a text on anaesthetic and intensive care physiology and pharmacology.

In 2009, he was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship for his project, 'Fostering Safe Nanotechnology Research Focused on Critical Public Health Problems'. This is a 4-year fellowship and builds upon his unique interdisciplinary research and collaborations to develop an innovative framework for fostering the focus of nanotechnology research at the Australian National University on critical public health problems such as climate change, biosecurity, food and water safety, pollution control and equitable access to health technologies.

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