Belinda arrived at the Nossal Institute in March 2013 and her research focuses on the reproductive health, family planning and breastfeeding experiences of women in urban Yogyakarta in Indonesia. Indonesia is struggling to reduce its maternal mortality rate and Belinda hopes her research will highlight opportunities to enhance women’s reproductive health. She spent 18 months in Indonesia at the Centre for Reproductive Health, Gadjah Mada University and collaborated with the Indonesian Breastfeeding Mothers’ Association and the Department of Health (Dinkes), Kota Yogyakarta.
Belinda’s doctoral research aims to give a voice to women whose voices are often absent during the formulation and evaluation of policies and programs to improve their health. She believes that understanding women’s lived experiences, desires and subjectivities is core to improving women’s reproductive and sexual health.
Her big picture mission is to improve reproductive wellbeing through better access to reproductive and sexual health programs and through enhanced reproductive and sexual rights.