Diagnosis and management of pelvic inflammatory disease in Australia

Project Details

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is a serious reproductive health issue in women that can cause infertility. Occurring when microbes ascend to the upper genital tract, PID often follows sexually transmitted infections, particularly chlamydia.  PID pathophysiology varies and can present to a range of health settings, creating potential for misdiagnosis or incorrect treatment.  The incidence of PID in Australia overall and from chlamydia is unknown. This research seeks to improve the evidence base upon which PID diagnosis and treatment in Australia is made.  Quantitative data from primary and hospital settings across a range of geographic regions will be collected and analysed to focus on improving understanding of the incidence, characteristics and pathogens associated with a PID diagnosis and on assessing PID diagnosis and management practices in Australia.  Findings will be used to identify areas of focus to improve PID diagnosis and management in the Australian clinical setting.


Professor Jane Hocking

Dr Alysha de Livera 

Jane Goller


Melbourne Sexual Health Centre

The Kirby Institute, University of NSW, Sydney

Research Publications

Goller JL, De Livera AM, Fairley CK, et al. Population attributable fraction of pelvic inflammatory disease associated with chlamydia and gonorrhoea: a cross-sectional analysis of Australian sexual health clinic data. STI. doi:10.1136/sextrans-2015-052195

Goller JL, Fairley CK, Bradshaw CS, et al. Characteristics of pelvic inflammatory disease where no sexually transmitted infection is identified: a cross-sectional analysis of routinely collected sexual health clinic data? STI, doi:10.1136/sextrans-2016-052553

Research Group

Faculty Research Themes

Infection and Immunology

School Research Themes

Disparities, disadvantage and effective health care, Screening and early detection of disease

Key Contact

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Department / Centre

Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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