Dr Monique Fleur Jonas

DMedEth Kings College London; MA University of Auckland


I am an ethical theorist specialising in health care ethics; distributive justice in health; the relationship between the family and the state; and decision-making for children. 

I studied english and politics as an undergraduate and found myself drawn to political philosophy and ethical theory. That sparked an interest in moral status and decisions at the beginning of life. I completed my PhD exploring the ethical issues connected to decision-making for neonates, under the wonderful supervision of Professor Jonathan Glover, in 2005. I began my academic career working as a research assistant for Professor Soren Holm at Manchester Univeristy, and then as a lecture at the Centre for Professional Ethics at Keele University. 

Since returning to the University of Auckland in 2010, my research has focused upon parental decision-making, the status of health advice, and the ethics of advice-giving. I enjoy working in a multi-discplinary environment in the School of Population Health. 

I welcome supervision inquries in ethical theory and applied ethics.

Research | Current

social licence and the use of 'big data'; ethics of advice-giving; parental decision-making; harm; children's interests; public health ethics; resource allocation in health; applied ethics; bioethics.

Teaching | Current

POPLHLTH 204 Health Care Ethics

POPLHLTH 300 Health Sector Professional Competencies

MBChB 221 Ethics and law Component

MBChB 321 Ethics and Law Component

Postgraduate supervision

Current Supervisions:

2017- Stephanie Garratt (PhD): Medication Omissions in Residential Aged Care (Ngaire Kerse and Cathy Peri co-supervising).

2017- Carl Webber (PhD): A Speech Act Theory of Stigmatisation (Professor Fred Kroon co-supervising).

2015- Anne Turner (MA): The lived experience of participating in a phase 3 cardiovascular outcomes clinical trial (Janine Wiles co-supervising).

Completed Supervisions:

Samantha Fitch (PhD): Trust, Information-Sharing and the Doctor Patient Relationship. 2017.

Isobel Cairns (MA): The Ethics of Sharing: Practitioner Concerns About Recording in Shared Health Records, and How They Should Be Resolved. 2016.

Roseanna Brailsford (MA): Exploring the Concept of Respect for Autonomy in the Context of New Zealand Health Promotion.2016.

Stephanie Garratt (MA): Could Frailty be a Fair Fit for Health Resource Allocation? 2016.

Bibiana Lee (Hons): Should Schools Ban Sugary Drinks? An Ethical and Epidemiological Analysis. 2014.




AUMSA Staff Student Award for Excellent in Clinical Teaching 2016.

Office of the Privacy Commission Good Research Grant (with Dr Katherine Wallis and Isobel Cairns) 2015-2016.

Data Futures Catalyst Project Grant (with Pauline Gulliver, Janet Fanslow and Tracey McIntosh) 2016.

Faculty Development Research Award: Advice From a Mate To Advice from the State: Relationships and the Ethics of Advice Giving. 2013.

Visiting Scholarship, Centre for Medical Law and Ethics, Kings College University of London 2014.

New Zealand Foundation for Research and Technology Bright Futures Top Achiever Doctoral Scholarship 2000-2003.


Director, Bachelor of Health Sciences

Editorial Board, Public Health Ethics

Areas of expertise

ethical theory, applied ethics, medical ethics, resource allocation in health, decision-making for children, public health ethics.

Committees/Professional groups/Services

National Ethics Advisory Committee, Member 2016-2017.

National Health Committee, Member: 2014-2016.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Jonas, M. (2017). Resentment of advice and norms of advice. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 20 (4), 813-828. 10.1007/s10677-017-9816-z
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39071
  • Jonas, M. F., & Exeter, D. (2017). The Role of the Integrated Data Infrastructure in New Zealand's Health System. Paper presented at Optimising Patient Experience through Digital Innovation, Stamford Plaza, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 February - 28 February 2017. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel Exeter
  • Jonas, M., Malpas, P., Kersey, K., Merry, A., & Bagg, W. (2017). Applying ethical and legal principles to new technology: The University of Auckland Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences’ policy ‘Taking and Sharing Images of Patients’. New Zealand Medical Journal, 130 (1449), 30-38.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Warwick Bagg, Phillipa Malpas, Alan Merry
  • Cairns, I., Jonas, M., & Wallis, K. (2016). The ethics of sharing: What concerns underpin practitioner decisions about what to document in shared electronic records and how should they be resolved?. Paper presented at Privacy Research Symposium 2016, Auckland, New Zealand. 15 December - 15 December 2016. Related URL.
  • Gulliver, P., Fanslow, J., Jonas, M., McIntosh, T., Waayer, D., Beck, G., ... Flanagan, M. (2016). Surveys, social licence and the IDI. Wellington, New Zealand. 7 December - 7 December 2016.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Janet Fanslow, Tracey McIntosh, Debbie Waayer
  • Jonas, M. F. (2016). Making every sleep a safe sleep: Ethics, law and the hardening of child health advice. Paper presented at Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law, Rydges on Swanston Melbourne, Australia. 23 November - 26 November 2016. Related URL.
  • Jonas, M. F. (2016). Assessing baselines for idenitfying harm: Tricky cases and childhood. Res Publica: a journal of legal and social philosophy, 22 (4), 387-404. 10.1007/s11158-015-9293-y
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/30866
  • Jonas, M. (2016). Child Health Advice and Parental Obligation: The Case of Safe Sleep Recommendations and Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy. Bioethics, 30 (2), 129-138. 10.1111/bioe.12174
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/28152


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 507 - Bldg 507
Level 3, Room 3062
New Zealand

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