Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Research Overview

The Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit promotes equitable access to quality maternal, sexual and reproductive health services via programmatic, educational and research-based initiatives, with a focus on building health systems to more effectively reach under-served populations in low and middle income countries.

Maternal and Reproductive Health encompasses:

  • Women's and children's health
  • Prevention and care for people with HIV and AIDS and other STIs
  • Family planning
  • Infertility and reproductive technologies
  • Youth reproductive and sexual health
  • Health and well-being for sex workers
  • Prevention and treatment of reproductive cancers

Our overall focus is on building better health systems by:

  • Conducting rigorous research into maternal, sexual and reproductive health to provide an evidence base for interventions, policies and capacity building
  • Supporting national and sub-national governments and development partners with analysis, development and implementation of effective strategies, policies and programs for more effective maternal, sexual and reproductive health systems
  • Ensuring inclusive development, particularly in relation to gender, disability and socially marginalised groups such as sex workers, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men.

Country focus areas are in Indonesia, Nepal, Philippines, Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Laos, Myanmar, Kenya, Ethiopia and Fiji.

Current projects:

  • Developing and implementing programs to promote access to Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) health care for vulnerable populations – Australia Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) in Ethiopia and Kenya: Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government
  • Providing technical input and support to implementation of MNCH programs with development partners – Australia–Indonesia Partnership for Maternal and Neonatal Health (AIPMNH) in NTT Province, Indonesia: Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government
  • District level / sub-national planning and budgeting for MNCH programs: Using an equity focused investment case approach (in collaboration with UNICEF and University of Queensland) in Philippines, Nepal and India: Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australian Government

Staff

Tanya Caulfield
Prarthna Dayal
Michelle Kermode
Bridgett Pratt
Dr Matt Reeve
Brigitte Tenni