Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law
BA (Macquarie), LLB (Hons1) (Macquarie), GradCertHEd (UTS), GradDipLegPract (UTS), MBioeth (UTS)
Judith Lancaster has undergraduate qualifications in law and nursing and postgraduate qualifications in bioethics. She joined the Faculty in 1994 following an earlier career in health care as a registered nurse and as a medical services public relations consultant.
Judith specializes in cross-disciplinary teaching. She has developed and taught an extensive range of subjects to both nursing students in the Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery and Health and to business students undertaking both the Bachelor of Business and the combined Business/Law degree in the Faculty of Business. She was awarded a UTS Teaching Award (Individual category) 2001 and (Team category) 2002 and served as Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs 2004-06.
Judith is currently completing a PhD at the Institute of Health Innovation and Centre for Clinical Governance Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales. This work is part of an Australian Research Council Linkage Project between the Centre and Industry Partners. Her thesis is an in-depth study of the benefits for health facilities of encouraging professional staff to undertake health care accreditation surveying as a secondary professional activity.
Judie’s most recent publication Benefits of participating in accreditation surveying can be accessed through the following link.
• Australasian Law Teachers Association Interest Group Convener
Law in Non-Law Schools 2004-05
Law and Medicine 2005-06
• Member NSW Attorney General’s Legal Profession Advisory Council Working Party
2004 - reviewing mechanisms for dealing with ‘conflict-of-interest’ in the legal profession
2005 - reviewing strategies for communication skills development for legal practitioners
• Business Law and Ethics
• Australian Legal System
• Tort Law
• Contract Law
• Public and private health regulation
• Child health and protection
• Quality and safety in health care and health care resource allocation
Greenfield, D., Pawsey, M., Lancaster, J., Johnstone, B. & Braithwaite, J. 2010, Tools to Conduct Healthcare Accreditation Research, 1, Centre for Clinical Governance Research, Australian Institute of Health Innovation,, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052.
Original research on methods for conducting research on health care accreditation.
Compiled from Business Law 4th edition Gibson and Fraser and Business Law and Ethics, Lancaster and Meltz
Joint Authors: Lancaster, J., Meltz, D., Gibson, A., Fraser, D.
Lancaster, J. & Meltz, D.M. 2005, Business Law and Ethics, 2, Thomson, Sydney.
Lancaster, J. & Meltz, D.M. 2004, Business law and Ethics: A Companion to Turner Australian Commercial Law, Thomson Publications, Sydney, Australia.
Lancaster, J. 2001, 'Legal and Ethical Aspects of Complementary Therapies and Complimentary Care' in Pauline McCabe (ed), Complementary Therapies in Nursing and MidWifery, Ausmed Publications, Melbourne, pp. 67-80.
Braithwaite, J., Greenfield, D., Westbrook, J., Pawsey, M., Westbrook, M., Naylor, J., Gibberd, R., Nathan, S., Robinson, M., Runciman, B., Jackson, M., Travaglia, J., Johnston, B., Yen, D., McDonald, H., Low, L., Redman, S., Johnson, B., Hennessy, D., Clark, J., Lancaster, J. & Corbett, A. 2010, 'Health service accreditation as a predictor of clinical and organizational performance: a blinded, random, stratified study', Quality and Safety In Healthcare, vol. 19, no. 1, pp. 14-21.
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To determine whether accreditation performance is associated with self-reported clinical performance and independent ratings of four aspects of organisational performance.
Lancaster, J., Braithwaite, J. & Greenfield, D. 2010, 'Benefits of participating in accreditation surveying', International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance, vol. 23, no. 2, pp. 141-152.
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Purpose + This paper aims to explore how surveying benefits accreditation surveyors and the organisations in which they are regularly employed. The purpose is to examine from the perspective of senior executives who pursue this form of secondary professional activity, what they seek from being surveyors and what they believe they gain from the experience. Design/methodology/approach + The data were collected from recorded interviews with three senior area health executives who also serve as accreditation surveyors for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards. The interviews comprised a series of open-ended, semi-structured questions. One hour was allocated for each interview. The questions were designed to explore why senior executive health professionals seek secondary professional activity as surveyors and their perceptions of the benefits they gain from surveying. Findings + The benefits derived from surveying as a secondary professional activity fall into four categories. First, it exposes the surveyor to new methods and innovations. Second, it provides a unique form of ongoing learning. Third, it serves as a resource for acquiring expertise to enhance quality within the institutions in which the participants were regularly employed and, finally, it provides opportunities to contribute to the process of quality improvement and enhance public health beyond the organisations in which the participants were regularly employed. Practical implications + This research identifies a key aspect of the accreditation process that has not been the focus of previous research. It provides a reference point for understanding the value of surveying to the surveyor and to the institutions in which they are regularly employed.
DeJong, P.F., Lancaster, J., Pelaez, P. & Munoz, J.S. 2008, 'Examination of correlates of ehtical propensities and ethical intentions in the United States, Australia and the Philipines: A managerial perspective', International Journal of Management, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 270-278.
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As the employees and managers of tomorrow, students, quite accurately, represent the future workforce. Especially important, given today's environment of corporate misdeeds and the global nature of business, is an understanding of the ethical propensity of tomorrow's work and managerial forces. Completed questionnaires from 114 students in the Philippines, 240 students from Australia, and 125 students from the USA were gathered to gather feedback on demographic, life style, ethical and value-based questions. Specifically, the Ethical Propensity Scale (De Jong, 2001) was used to measure individual qualities that influence student conduct while ethical intentions were measured by an index developed by Zey-Ferrell and Ferrell (1982). In the study, correlation between gender, age, national origin, media habits, and academic performance (measured by grade point averages) were explored. In addition, demographic variables were examined. The research uncovered that none of the examined variables were related to ethical propensity or ethical intensions, but propensity and intentions were significantly correlated. Ethical Propensity was the only factor found to be significantly related to the ethical behavior index in all three nations. Based on the gathered findings, implications for managing in an international context were discussed.
Adams, M.A., Barker, D.L. & Lancaster, J. 2002, 'Business Law and Ethics - Does it have a Future?', E Law - Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, vol. 9, pp. 1-20.
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This paper traces the history of teaching introductory business law at the former Kuring-gai College of Education, which was incorporated into the University of Technology, Sydney, in January 1990 through until the present time. It explains the challenges faced by the Law Faculty cross-disciplinary teaching team when in 2001 Ethics was introduced as a component of the introductory Business Law subject. It also discusses how the team overcame the logistical problems of teaching the subject across two university campuses as well as an offshore campus in Kuala Lumpur. A further complexity was the necessity for the subject to be taught to two cohorts annually, totalling in excess of 1,400 students. The paper will elaborate on the methodology adopted by the team to resolve these issues.
Lancaster, J. 2001, 'Who benefits from the equalising of age of consent provisions? A critical analysis of the Wood Royal Commission Paedophile Inquiry recommendation for a lower minimum age of consent,', Children Australia, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 34-38.
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Nisselle, P., Lancaster, J., Brown, M. & Lingard, N. 2003, 'Complementary Medicine and the Law', Complementary Medicine, vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 47-53.
Lancaster, J. 2001, 'In Favour Of An Integrated Approach To The Teaching Of Ethics To Business Law Students', UTS LAW REVIEW, vol. 3, pp. 174-180.
An essay addressing the benefits of an integrated model for teaching ethics to business students
Lancaster, J. 2006, 'Crossing Borders: Negotiating the Complexities of an Academic Career Path', Australasian Law Teachers Association 61st Annual Conference, Melbourne, Australia, July 2006 in Australasian Law Teachers Association 61st Annual Conference, ed Adams, M; Barker, D; McGoldrick, S, ALTA Secretariat, Sydney, Australia, pp. 3-14.
The invitation to speak at this inaugural academic network session offered an excellent opportunity for me to address a few of the problems facing legal academics today. Some very useful suggestions on how to satisfy the criteria for academic promotion at various stages of the academic career journey have been provided by two highly respected Deans of two of our most distinguished Law Faculties in Australia, Professor Michael Coper and Professor Ros Croucher. It is my task to provide some insights from the perspective of an intrepid traveler. As I am still very much negotiating the journey towards academic success, I am somewhat well placed to talk about the road already traveled and the hurdles that have to be negotiated along the way. The exercise has proved to be insightful as it made me reflect on the reasons why law was the occupation of choice when I decided on a career change after some 15 years working in hospitals in Australia and overseas as a registered nurse. Law, like health care, is a dynamic, ever-evolving discipline characterised by the need for its practitioners to engage in a process of continual learning and enquiry. Law is also the other side of human well-being, providing as it does, the structural mechanisms on which we depend for protection from harm in its varied forms. The idea of being able to pass on knowledge about the system of justice that unites and protects us was very appealing. Being an academic lawyer is, as Professor Coper so eloquently put it, a great vocation. I must have some morbid attraction to the blood, sweat and tears that must be shed in progressing towards seniority in great and noble vocations. The idea made me assess the nature of the changes to institutional structure in the years since I commenced my legal academic career back in 1992 and the impact of those changes on academics.