Women's, children's and reproductive health

There is increasing evidence that what happens to us at the very beginning of life, including events in utero and at birth, can contribute significantly to our health as adults.

Monash scientists are international leaders in perinatal research, the crucial weeks immediately before and after birth, in developmental biology and in reproductive science.

They are dedicated to creating a healthier society through researching the impacts of a poor start to life, and discovering how these impacts are further aggravated by our modern "western" lifestyle. In addition our researchers are 'Saving Lives at Birth" in a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Exploration to produce a low-cost, needle-free and non-refrigerated treatment for post-partum haemorrhage.

As such, their work covers the complete timeline of human development, from before conception through birth, childhood, adolescence and into adulthood.


Working with industry and health partners

Monash is uniquely placed between fundamental university research and hospital-based clinical practice.

We have a long-standing relationship with the Monash Medical Centre, located near our Clayton campus. Our academics and researchers work on-site at the hospital and at other leading centres throughout Victoria.

Our strong partnership with Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research has allowed us to complement our established research strengths in male reproduction with their expertise in both male and female reproductive health.

And our clinical care partnerships with Monash Children's at Southern Health, Monash Women's at Southern Health and The Alfred Hospital means new developments can be rapidly applied for the benefit of seriously ill babies and children.

Contributing capabilities

  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Women's health and reproductive health
  • Embryo, organ and fetal development
  • Perinatal health
  • Paediatric