Dr Alison Morgan

Unit Head - Maternal, Sexual and Reproductive Health

Alison is a medical graduate with post-graduate qualifications in obstetrics and tropical medicine. She has a PhD in health systems, focusing on the quality of maternal health services in low and middle-income countries.

Alison has more than 25 years’ experience in global health research and practice with expertise in maternal and newborn health, primary health care and child and adolescent health. She has worked across 14 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Her interest is the capacity development of health workers and systems and how national governments plan to reach health development goals.

She established the global health specialisation within the Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne and designed specialised education programs from village level community education through to tertiary hospital clinical training programs across Asia and the Pacific. In 2017, Alison led the design and delivery of a blended learning program in health systems strengthening for UNICEF. In its first year, 82 UNICEF staff from over 50 countries completed the program.

Alison’s research includes maternal and newborn health, health policy and systems, measures of quality and acceptability and evidence health planners use to strengthen systems for improved health outcomes.

Alison is involved in research in Kenya, Ethiopia and Nepal and co-chairs the WHO advisory group, Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR), that provides technical guidance on indicators to measure and improve maternal and newborn health.

Alison was on the steering committee for the Gates/DFAT-funded investment case to reach MDGs 4 and 5 for Asia Pacific and was on the technical advisory panel for the DFAT-funded Women’s and Children’s Knowledge Hub. She has undertaken consultancies for WHO, UNICEF, DFAT, international NGOs and private foundations.

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