Sonia Allan was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2019. She is an accomplished legal academic, consultant and leader with over 20 years of experience in research, review, education, and advisory services. Trained in law, public health, psychology, and education, she brings multi-disciplinary expertise to her work with national and international organisations in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors. Sonia is passionate about the role that good regulation, policy and practices can play in achieving positive health outcomes.
- Doctor of Philosophy (Law), University of Melbourne, Melbourne Law School
- Master of Public Health (with Merit), University of Sydney
- Master of Laws (Global Health Law) (with Distinction), Georgetown University Law Centre, Washington D.C.
- Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Deakin University
- Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, New South Wales College of Law
- Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology)(Honours)
- Certificate of High Impact Leadership, Cambridge University
- Regulation, London School of Economics
- Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Harvard University
Examples of consultancies:
- Minister for Health Western Australia: Appointed to lead legislative review of Human Reproductive Technology Act 1991 and Surrogacy Act 2008 (WA) (2018)
- Minister for Health South Australia: Appointed by to lead the review of the South Australian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Act 1988 (2015-2017)
- Government Mental Health Service (Northern Territory): Review policy which may affect patient safety for
- Not-for-profit NDIS registered organisation: Provide learning materials relevant to health law
- Private Law Firms: Write expert reports (eg. regarding surrogacy regulation)
- Law Book Publishers: Engaged to write and contribute to resources including legal dictionaries and encyclopedias, books, educational materials relevant to health law, medical negligence, and general legal concepts
- U.S. Center for Genetics and Society: Conduct extensive global research on legislation and policy regarding surrogacy, egg donation, and assisted reproduction
- Invited to present on international law and legal issues at conferences and international meetings (for example, in the U.S., the Hague, and as an invited expert by the United Nations Population Fund, WHO, and OHCHR)
- Designing and delivering presentations, seminars, and talks related to health regulation, torts, public law, statutory interpretation, regulation, and ethical, legal, social and human rights issues raised in health contexts
Grants and Awards
- Medal of the Order of Australia, 2019 for service to tertiary education and the law.
- AMP Tomorrow Fund Award, 2014 to support the development of a community internet resource on health law. Dr. Allan was one of 47 recipients out of 5000 applicants. The website Health Law Central may be found here (http://www.healthlawcentral.com).
- Macquarie University, Grant, 2014 with Professor Wendy Rogers to organise an International Workshop on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues regarding Synthetic Biology. With invited contributors from John Hopkins University, University of Edinburgh, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania, and Monash University.
- 2012 CALI Award Georgetown University Law Center Washington D.C. for best performance in Health and Human Rights Law.
- Churchill Fellowship 2011 to undertake a cross-jurisdictional study on regulatory aspects of collecting and releasing information about donors to donor conceived people.
- Global Health Law Fellowship, 2011-2012: Georgetown University, Washington D.C., Global Health Law Fellowship, to undertake Master of Global Health Law. Awarded the title ‘Global Health Law Fellow’ as recognition of academic achievement, professional experience & potential for excellence in global health law.
- OSP Award 2011 Deakin University to enhance professional development and improve research potential by working in a sustained manner with leading academics and professionals at other institutions.
- Sydney University School of Public Health competitive tuition scholarship to undertake Master of Public Health.
- Melbourne Research Scholarship 2003-2009, University of Melbourne, providing full PhD funding and living stipend.
- Melbourne Abroad Travelling Scholarship 2005, University of Melbourne, award of competitive funding for PhD research in the United Kingdom in which license holders for research involving human embryos were interviewed.
Dr. Allan has been interviewed by the media on issues related to the regulation of assisted reproduction; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis; gender selection; regulation of the IVF industry; donor conception and information release; surrogacy; genetic implications of donor conception; and medical law. She has appeared in articles, radio and television programmes published by: ABC News; ABC Life Matters; ABC 7.30 Report; ABC The World Today; ABC Fact File; 666 ABC Canberra; ABC Online; Australian Story; BBC World Service; The Project (Channel 10); SBS Online; SBS News; SBS Insight; Sydney Morning Herald; The Australian; The Age; The Leader; The Conversation; The Advertiser; and 6 Minutes.