About Us

We are a multi-disciplinary group with expertise in biostatistics, epidemiology, health promotion, medicine, nursing, and psychology.

Through our Global Health research, we seek to promote health for all and to reduce health inequalities.

In our Women’s Health research, we aim to understand the effects of gender on health and to reduce the health inequalities experienced by women and girls.

We encourage and participate in research with other countries and with non-university groups and organisations. With our partners and collaborators we develop ways of using the results of research to inform policy and practice. Our research methods include those that encompass whole populations and those designed to understand the perspectives and experiences of individual people.

We collaborate with partners in universities, research institutes, government, the private sector, civil society, health services, and health professionals in Australia and globally. These partnerships enable our research to be informed by community perspectives, translated to inform policy and practice, and accessible to individuals, their families, and their healthcare providers.

Meet the team

Read our interviews with:


Professor Jane Fisher AO
BSc(Hons), PhD, MAPS,

Executive Assistant

Ms Karin Smith

Senior Research Fellows

Dr Karin Hammarberg PhD, M(Women'sHealth), GDipWomen'sHealth, BSc, RN
Dr Maggie Kirkman PhD, BA(Hons), MAPS
Dr Heather Rowe PhD, BSc(Hons)
Dr Jayagowri Sastry MD(CommunityMedicine), M(PublicHealth)

Research Fellows

Dr Shelly Makleff PhD, MPublicHlth, BSci BioMedEngProductDesign
Dr Karin Stanzel PhD, MPH, PGDipMid, PGDipCH, BHSc(Nursing)
Dr Thach Tran PhD, BA(Hons), MSc
Dr Tomoko Honda PhD, MPhil, M(Women'sHealth), BA [Adjunct]

Research Affiliates

Dr Nicola Beamish BMedSci, MBBS, FRANZCP, GradDipFamilyTherapy, CertChild(AdolPsych), AT Infant Parent MH
Dr Roslin Botlero PhD, MBBS, M(Gynecology and Obstetrics), M(PublicHealth)
Dr Michelle Brear PhD, BASci, MInt Health
Dr Hilary Brown MBBS, BMedSci (Hons)
Dr Yamuna Ellawela MSci(CommunityMedicine), MD(CommunityMedicine)
Dr Sarah Hanieh PhD, MBBS, FRACP
Dr Goma Khatri PhD, BN, MPH, MPsych
Dr Peter McGlynn PhD
Ms Che Mudunna BMedSc(Hons)
Dr Linda Murray PhD, GradDip(Midwifery), BHealth(PublicHealth)(Hons 1st Class), BHealth(Nursing)
Dr Irosha Nilaweera MBBS, MSc(CommunityMedicine), MD(CommunityMedicine)
Dr Rina Pradhan PhD, MSci(Microbiology), MPhil(IntCommunityHealth), BSci
Dr Salmi Razali PhD, MD, MMed(Psych)
Dr Mimmie Watts PhD, MPH, GradCert(TE), RN
Ms Pramasari Wijaya BBiomedSc(Hons)
Dr Karen Wynter PhD, MPhil(IntellectualDevelopment), BSc(Hons)(CounsellingPsychology)

Research Project Officers

Ms Hau Nguyen BA(Hons)
Ms Sally Popplestone MIPH, GradDip(PR), BSc(Biochemistry)
Ms Ruby Stocker BBiomedSc(Hons)

PhD Students

Main supervisor from Global and Women's Health unit

Ms Natasha Davidson MPublicHlth(Practice), MPublicHlth&TM, GradDip(PopulationHealth), BScN
Ms Faye Forbes BAPsych(Hons)
Ms Daye Gang BA, LLB
Ms Ezra Kneebone BSc, GradDipRepSc
Mr Rohit Shah MPH(Social Epidemiology), BPT

Associate supervisor from Global and Women's Health unit

Ms Yeji Baek MPublicHlth(Nutrition), BScF&Nut
Ms Eunice Wong MPublicHlth(Safety Promotion), MPsych(Clinical), GradDip(Psych), BSc(Psych)
Ms Anna Butlinski
Ms Margaretha Margaretha

Master of Philosophy Student

Dr Harish Kalra FRANCP, DNB, MDPsych, MBBS

Master of Public Health Student

Ms Hemavarni Doma BSc(Hons)

Extended Summer Scholarship Supervision

Grace Ang BBiomedSc (currently in 3rd year)
Meg Ruyters BBiomedSc and BSc (currently in 3rd year)

Mentorship – Professor Jane Fisher

Dr Ashvini Vengadavaradan (Christian Medical College Vellore, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)

Contact Us

Global and Women's Health
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Monash University
Level 4, 553 St Kilda Road
Melbourne VIC 3004

Phone: +61 3 9903 0291