Research title: Training needs for midwives to support women with disabilities to increase access to maternity care and sexual and reproductive health.
Champamunny Ven has a Master of Public Health, Bachelor of Midwifery, and an Associate Degree of Nursing. She is passionate about helping people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the field of maternal and child health and disability.
As a registered nurse, midwife and a national consultant in the health sector, Munny conducted training of trainers in sexuality and disability. This experience gave her insights into how stigma and discrimination leads to vulnerability including poor health outcomes.
Women with disabilities are not asexual, the health system needs to be well-prepare to support women with disabilities and healthcare providers are required to have knowledge and competent in disability to provide maternity care and sexual and reproductive health services with the quality of care and without discrimination.
Munny's PHD research aims to address this discrimination, within society, and specifically amongst health care professionals. Her research will explore what effective training is needed to strengthen the knowledge and competency of healthcare professionals so they can support women with disabilities to access to maternity care and sexual and reproductive health.
Principal Supervisor - Dr Manjula Marella
Co-supervisors - Cathy Vaughan and Alex Devine
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