Welcome to the Gender and Women's Health Unit
We aim to advance the health of women in Australia and internationally, to reduce inequity and create positive change. Through research, teaching and public engagement, our work contributes to a robust knowledge base about the health effects of gender inequity and its intersection with social, economic and cultural factors.
We are a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Women’s Health and work in partnership with scholars and agencies in the Asia-Pacific region to increase regional research capacity.
Our Unit is based at the Centre for Health Equity at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.
We are an interdisciplinary team with expertise in public health, health services research, social psychology, sociology, geography, medical anthropology, epidemiology, evaluation, and applied ethics. We teach, supervise graduate research students, and conduct research across a range of areas related to gender, health and society. Our current research focuses on violence against women; sexual, reproductive and maternal health and rights; women’s health, and the environment and health. We use qualitative, quantitative, participatory, and mixed methods, and evidence synthesis in our work. We have strong credentials in community engagement and in contributing to the translation of research into change in policy and practice.