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Monash experts: Women’s health week

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This week, 4-10 September, is the 11th year of the Jean Hailes Women’s Health Week. The nationwide campaign is centred on improving women’s health, and enabling women, girls and gender-diverse people to make healthier choices. 

The Monash Women’s Health Alliance 

For a long time, Monash University and Monash Health have been at the forefront of women’s health across the lifespan. From fertility, to obstetrics and gynaecology , to healthy ageing, women’s cancers and mental health, Monash has been partnering with Hudson Institute, and teams at Alfred Health, to tackle conditions that impact women, to improve health outcomes. 

The Monash Women’s Health Alliance harnesses and leverages the leadership, data sets, registries, biobanks, clinical trials footprint and the 20+ specialist research groups, to lead a step change in prevention and public health, and clinical practice, for women and girls. 

For more information on Women’s Health at Monash university –

The following Monash University experts are available to discuss important topics related to women’s health and wellbeing. 

Professor the Hon. Jill Hennessy,  Vice Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow, Monash University
Contact details: +61 457 942 192,,

  • Spokesperson for Monash women’s health vision
  • Misinformation surrounding women’s health

The following can be attributed to Professor Hennessy:

“For too long, the health needs of women have been secondary in health systems, research and education. The Monash Women’s Health Alliance has put the needs of women and girls front and centre in their world leading work. Our battle is now to ensure that women get their health information from these experts. Our battleground is on the digital platforms where so much misinformation takes hold.”

Professor Jane Fisher, Professor of Global Health, Director of Global and Women’s Health and Head, Co-Director Planetary Health Division, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine Monash University

Contact details: +61 3 9903 0290 or

Read more of Professor Fisher’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Burden of unpaid work on women’s health
  • Health effects of violence
  • Gender stereotypes and parenting
  • Perinatal mental health

The following can be attributed to Professor Fisher:

“Women’s health is inextricably linked to the circumstances in which they live. Strong well implemented policies against gender-based violence, for equitable pay and inclusion are good for women’s health.”

Dr Shelly Makleff, Research Fellow, Global and Women’s Health, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Contact details: +61 492 925 912,

Read more of Dr Makleff’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Abortion stigma
  • Access to abortion care in Australia
  • Comprehensive sexuality education

The following quote can be attributed to Dr Makleff:

Our study found people seeking abortion care in Australia still experience pervasive stigma and roadblocks to care, and they often feel judged and mistreated by their health care providers.”

Professor Danielle Mazza AM, Professor and Head of General Practice, Monash University, and Director of the SPHERE NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health in Primary Care

Contact details: +61 423 208 747,

Read more of Professor Mazza’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Improving access to abortion and contraception
  • Primary care provision of women’s health services (GPs, nurses and pharmacists)
  • Preconception care

Professor Jayashri Kulkarni AM, Professor of Psychiatry and Director HER Centre Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Contact details: +61 429 028 852,  

Read more of Professor Kulkarni’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Improving mental illness treatments
  • The relationship between hormones and mental illness in women
  • Menopause and mental illness
  • Women’s mental health

Professor Susan Davis AO, Professor and Director, Women’s Health Research Program, Monash University

Contact details: +61 419 382 891,

Read more of Professor Davis’ commentary at Monash Lens

  • Leading the latest guidelines for menopausal hormone replacement for GP use
  • Expert in testosterone in women
  • Leading studies of testosterone in women for muscle bone and heart health

Associate Professor Caroline Gurvich, Clinical neuropsychologist and Deputy Director HER Centre Australia, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Contact details: +61 417 015 489, 

Read more of Associate Professor Gurvich’s commentary at Monash Lens

  • Women’s mental health and sex differences in psychiatry
  • Brain fog / cognition in different life phases – menstrual cycle, menopause

Dr Ronli Sifris, Deputy Director, Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, Associate Professor, Monash Faculty of Law

Contact details: +61 488 360 033, 

Read more of Dr Sifris’ commentary at Monash Lens

  • Abortion rights
  • Reproductive rights, access to IVF, surrogacy
  • Gender and the law

Professor Helena Teede AM, Professor of Women’s Health and Director Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation, Monash University, Head of the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Health in Reproductive Life

Contact details +61 407 005 737

Associate Professor Nicole Kalms, Director of the XYX Lab – Gender + Place, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture

Contact: +61 408 006 636 or

Read more of Associate Professor Kalms’ commentary at Monash Lens

  • Designing safer cities for women and girls
  • Hypersexual advertisement
  • Women’s perceptions of safety around the world
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