Kelly Durrant

Senior Manager, Maternal and Child Health


Kelly is currently the Maternal and Child Health Program Manager at Burnet. In this role, she is part of the leadership team for this diverse program working closely with the MCH Program Director and MCH Deputy Director to oversee a portfolio of approximately 40 research and development projects across the Asia Pacific and Africa.

Kelly has a Masters in Public Health and a background in sexual and reproductive health. She has worked for development NGOs and the United Nations on a range of areas including reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) as well as healthy ageing.

She is passionate about comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, and committed to improving the lives of individuals in developing countries through access to quality information and healthcare.

Her experience includes leading teams in both developed and developing countries, managing clinical and outreach service provision, advising on operating and management procedures, preparing training, IEC materials and reports, monitoring and evaluating implementation, and overseeing quantitative and qualitative research activities.

Prior to joining Burnet in 2011, Kelly was based in Beijing China, providing technical and management oversight of the sexual and reproductive health components of UNFPA’s country program across 30 provinces.

Kelly has provided strategic, program management and business development support to large multi-donor funded country programs in the Philippines, Vietnam, Fiji and Sri Lanka, and provided shorter technical inputs into projects and training workshops in Thailand, Nepal, PNG, Timor, Tuvalu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and other Pacific island nations.

Kelly represents Burnet as part of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Consortium, the Asia Pacific Alliance for SRH (APA) and is a member of the Burnet Institute Gender Equity Committee.

She also lectures on sexual and reproductive health and rights, contraception and HIV prevention, early childhood health and nutrition including breastfeeding, disability inclusion, healthy ageing and other topics as necessary.


  • 2009: Masters in Public Health, Monash University Part of the Victorian Consortium for Public Health. Major areas of study: Health Economics & International Health

  • 2002: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, University of Melbourne Major areas of study: Behavioural Neuroscience & German


  • Deans Award for Academic Excellence (Melbourne University Science 1998)

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