Women's Health

Women’s Health research examines common health issues that affect the health and wellbeing of women and aims to optimise health and wellbeing. Our research utilizes a wide range of basic, clinical and epidemiological approaches in obstetrics and gynaecology to further understand a variety of common conditions including complications of pregnancy, reproductive health (particularly heavy menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, menopause and women’s cancers) and is multidisciplinary in scope

Groups / Projects Research Lead Dept / Centre
A pilot trial of innovative communication approaches in clinical care to promote health literacy for women with low English proficiency Dr Jane Yelland General Practice
A Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence General Practice Research
Abnormal Placental Stem Cells And Their Role In Human Pregnancy Pathologies Dr Bill Kalionis Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Advancing vaccine development for infectious diseases: bioinformatics, antibody engineering, immunoassay development and human cohort studies Dr Jack Richards Medicine and Radiology
Analysis of gene regulations on gonocyte transformation into spermatogonial stem cells Dr Ruili Li
Professor John Hutson
Paediatrics
Antibody to PfEMP1: role in immunity to malaria in children and pregnant women Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson Medicine and Radiology
Anxiety and neurodegeneration in preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Associations between domestic violence in pregnancy and women’s and their subsequent children’s outcomes Ashlee Smith
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
Australians’ expectations of personal genomics: the GeNIOz project Paediatrics
Beyond Silence Project Leader Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Biomarkers of human papillomavirus-related cancers Dr Alyssa Cornall Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Bone and Mineral Research Group Group Leader Professor John D Wark
Medicine and Radiology
Bone strength in young healthy females, older patients with low-trauma fracture and older healthy adults: peripheral quantitative computed tomography based finite element analysis Group Leader Prof. John D Wark Medicine and Radiology
Building Early Attachment and Resiliance (BEAR) - an early intervention for parents and infants Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Can dietary phytophenols improve pregnancy outcomes? Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Centre for Women’s Mental Health Research Psychiatry
Cognitive Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Dating Violence, help-seeking and Technology in Australia Deputy Head of Department Assoc Prof Lena Sanci General Practice
Defining the regulators of embryo implantation to facilitate IVF success Professor Peter Rogers Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Developing and commercialising new diagnostic tests for tropical infectious diseases Dr Jack Richards Medicine and Radiology
Developing epigenetic biomarkers and treatments for the pregnancy disorder preeclampsia. Professor Peter Rogers
Professor Eva Dimitriadis
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Developing field-based tools and health systems for malaria elimination Dr Jack Richards Medicine and Radiology
Development and evaluation of guidelines and an intervention for moving on from IVF in women with a low chance of success Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Discovering the mechanisms and targets of immunity against malaria Prof James Beeson Medicine and Radiology
Does weekly iron supplementation increase iron uptake in pregnant Vietnamese women, and improve maternal and infant health? Group Leader Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs Medicine and Radiology
Early detection of cognitive decline and disease Dr Stephen Campbell Medicine and Radiology
Early intervention with men who use violence (eMATE) Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Eggsurance? Making decisions about elective egg freezing Dr Michelle Peate
Prof Martha Hickey
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Endometriosis: Characterising genetic risk, disease pathogenesis and unexplored therapeutic opportunities. Dr Sarah Holdsworth-Carson
Dr Jacqui Donoghue
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
EndoNeeds: exploring the physical, psychological and social needs of Australian women with endometriosis Dr Michelle Peate
Dr Jennifer Marino
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
EndoNeeds: Investigating the unmet physical, psychological and social needs of Australian women with endometriosis. Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Epigenetic regulators of endometrial cancer as new treatment targets to halt metastatic spread. Professor Peter Rogers
Professor Eva Dimitriadis
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Examining neuropsychological trajectories using data collected from a longitudinal study Alex Gorelik Medicine and Radiology
Experiences and priorities of women living with ovarian cancer Dr Jennifer Marino
Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fertility After Cancer Predictor (FoRECAsT) Study Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fertility preservation in children and teenagers with cancer Senior Lecturer Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Fetal Welfare Assessment Director Prof Shaun Brennecke  Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Genetics Education and Health Research Research Group Leader Professor Sylvia Metcalfe
Paediatrics
Group pregnancy care for women of refugee background: a qualitative study examining the experiences of multidisciplinary provider teams Dr Jane Yelland General Practice
Group Pregnancy Care: improving access, health literacy and social inclusion Dr Elisha Riggs General Practice
Gynaecology Research Centre Professor Women's Health Research Professor Peter Rogers
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Healthy Ageing Program Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke
Medicine and Radiology
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies in Papua New Guinea – The impact of nutrition, malaria, and other infections on pregnant women and infants Prof. James Beeson Medicine and Radiology
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Maternal metabolic disturbances, inflammation, and poor nutrition and their impact on pregnancy outcomes Dr Philippe Boeuf Medicine and Radiology
Hickey Research Group Obstetrics and Gynaecology
How is hair cortisol related to mother's mental health and wellbeing over time? Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
I-DECIDE: Trial of an online healthy relationship tool and safety decision aid for women experiencing domestic violence Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Identification of novel vaccine targets that induce protective immunity against malaria Gaoqian Feng Medicine and Radiology
Imaging Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Improving Vitamin D status and related health in young women: The Safe-D study – Part B Group Leader Prof. John D Wark Medicine and Radiology
Innate immune responses to Plasmodium falciparum infected erythrocytes Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson Medicine and Radiology
International and Immigrant Health Group Leader Professor Beverley-Ann Biggs
Medicine and Radiology
Investigating current and future education and training needs of the Australian workforce in genomic medicine Paediatrics
Investigating maternal tolerance and pregnancy complications to develop biomarkers and treatment options. Professor Peter Rogers
Dr Ellen Menkhorst
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Investigating the effects of GM-CSF and M-CSF derived human macrophages on phagocytosing P. falciparum infected erythrocytes and cytokine production Dr Adrian Achuthan Medicine and Radiology
Iron and Fatigue Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Is there a role for adipose (fat) tissue in malaria? Project Lead Dr Elizabeth Aitken Medicine and Radiology
Labour & Delivery Research Clinician  Dr Penny Sheehan  Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Life-long exposures for Healthy Ageing Alex Gorelik Medicine and Radiology
Lifestyle and Prevention Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Lifestyle Factors for Healthy Ageing Prof Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Long-term health and social implications of risk-taking in adolescence Dr Jennifer Marino
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Low Literacy Decision Aid about Reproductive Choices for Younger Women with Breast Cancer Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Malaria drug resistance in the Asia Pacific region Associate Professor Freya Fowkes Medicine and Radiology
Menstrual concerns in young women: the father's perspective (DADs Study) Senior Lecturer Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe Obstetrics and Gynaecology
MenstrualNeeds Study: Exploring the physical, psychological and social needs of adolescent girls with heavy menstrual bleeding and pain Dr Michelle Peate
Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Mental Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Mercy Hospital Perinatal Research Group Head of Research Group Professor Sue Walker
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Molecular Microbiology and Reproductive Health Research Group Honorary, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Royal Women's Hospital/Mercy Professor Suzanne M. Garland
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Multimorbidity in Ageing Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Multimorbidity and ageing women Alex Gorelik Medicine and Radiology
MUM SIZE Study Head of Research Program Professor David Story Centre for Integrated Critical Care
Musculoskeletal and Bone Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Obstetrics, Nutrition and Endocrinology Group Associate Professor Martha Lappas
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Paediatric and Adolescent Fertility Preservation Taskforce Senior Lecturer Yasmin Jayasinghe
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Physical Activities for Healthy Ageing Prof Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Postnatal complications among women in Papua New Guinea Dr Chris Morgan
Dr Alyce Wilson
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pre-eclampsia - Eclampsia Director Prof Shaun Brennecke Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Predicition of ovarian malignancy in children with ovarian cysts Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Prenatal testing: a longitudinal study - the PeTALS project Project Leader Dr Jan Hodgson Paediatrics
Preterm Labour Senior Research Fellow Dr Harry Georgiou Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Preventing gestational diabetes Associate Professor Martha Lappas
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Priorities and Needs of Women Living with Advanced Cancer Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
PROSPER: PRevalence Of unwanted Sexual contact: Pursuing Early Recognition Project Leader Dr Laura Tarzia General Practice
Psychological distress associated with gastrointestinal symptoms in patients with anorexia nervosa Dr Simon Knowles
Dr Lara McCartney
Psychiatry
Quality of Life Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Restacking The Odds: Understanding The Barriers And Solutions To Antenatal Care Participation Professor Sharon Goldfeld Paediatrics
Risk factors for Violence in Australian Women – A twenty year follow up Study Dr Melissa Coulson Medicine and Radiology
Risk identification and Risk Assessment Framework Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Rogerson Laboratory: Pathogenesis of malaria and immunity in children and pregnant women Group Leader Professor Stephen Rogerson
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Women's Hospital Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine Pregnancy Research Centre Director Prof Shaun Brennecke
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Rural Health Academic Network (RHAN) Director, Rural Health Academic Network Dr Helen Haines Rural Health
Safe Mothers, Safe Babies - Promoting safety and early parenting in high-risk relationships Director, Centre for Women's Mental Health, Royal Women's Hospital Professor Louise Newman
Psychiatry
Serial Evaluation of Cardiac and Vascular Function in Preeclampsia: Full Recovery or Persistent LV Contractile Impairment? Professor Joanne Said Medicine and Radiology
Sexual Abuse and Family Violence: SAFE Research Program Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty
General Practice
Sexual and Reproductive Health in Adolescence Director of Research Training Professor Meredith Temple-Smith General Practice
Sexual dysfunction in women who have experienced cancer Dr Jennifer Marino
Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Social and physical activities in ageing women Dr Melissa Coulson Medicine and Radiology
Spermtyping – Single cell analysis of the generation of genetic diversity via DNA repair pathways Dr Wayne Crismani Medicine and Radiology
Structural biology of proteins involved in infection Dr Craig Morton Medicine and Radiology
Supporting fertility presentation decisions in women with breast cancer Dr Michelle Peate
A/Prof Lesley Stafford
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Surgical experience in paediatric gynaecology Dr Yasmin Jayasinghe
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
SUSTAIN: Sustainability of Identification and Response to Family Violence in antenatal care Project Leader Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
The effect of anxiety on cardiovascular risk in healthy ageing women Prof Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
The Evaluation of a Decision Aid for Women Considering Non-medical Egg Freezing Project Lead Dr Michelle Peate Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The human microbiome in gut, oral and mental health Dr Julian G Simmons
Psychiatry
The prognosis/diagnosis of common pregnancy complications utilising genetic material found in extracellular vesicles derived from maternal blood and urine. DR Bill Kalionis
Dr Harry Georgiou
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
The Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit Research Group Leader Dr Michelle Peate
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Timely antenatal care for women and newborns in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG) Dr Chris Morgan
Dr Michelle Scoullar and Alyce Wilson
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Translational Obstetrics Group Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Professor Stephen Tong
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Understanding the genetic basis of lipedema Dr Ramin Shayan
Dr Tara Karnezis
Surgery
Understanding the pathogenesis of gestational diabetes Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Understanding what triggers birth? New opportunities for prevention of early delivery Associate Professor Martha Lappas Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Unexplained recurrent miscarriage and effect of commonly used treatments: effects in immune cells and endometrial receptivity. Professor Peter Rogers
Dr Ellen Menkhorst
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Unravelling the genetic cause of Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Doctor Elena Tucker
Professor Andrew Sinclair
Paediatrics
Validating a generic mood question in a large cohort of Australian women Prof Lynn Kemp
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
Vascular Health Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Vitamin D deficiency and balance Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
What does it cost to do research with women experiencing adversity? Prof Sharon Goldfeld
Dr Anna Price
Paediatrics
What kind of antibody response to women need to be protected from placental malaria? Elizabeth Aitken Medicine and Radiology
WITH: Women’s Input to a Trauma-informed systems model of care in Health settings Primary Investigator Professor Kelsey Hegarty General Practice
Women's Healthy Ageing Project Group Leader Professor Cassandra Szoeke Medicine and Radiology
Impact of risk-reducing bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy on non-cancer outcomes in young high-risk women: a multicentre prospective study. Head, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, The University of Melbourne, The Royal Women's Hospital Professor Martha Hickey Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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