Doctor Frances Ampt

Honorary Burnet Institute Fellow


Frances commenced her PhD in 2015, under the supervision of Associate Professor Stanley Luchters and Dr Megan Lim. Her work focuses on the sexual and reproductive health of female sex workers in low-income settings. As part of her PhD she is working on the WHISPER trial in Mombasa, Kenya, and will be analysing the results of this study to determine whether a mobile phone-based intervention is effective in reducing unintended pregnancy among female sex workers.

Frances is a medical doctor and Public Health Physician, having being awarded fellowship with the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine (Royal Australian College of Physicians). She has a background in public health policy and health research, having previously worked for the Victorian Chief Health Officer as well as other roles within the Victorian Government.

Frances joined Burnet institute in 2013, when she completed a research project on male involvement in maternal and newborn health as part of her Masters of Public Health. Since then she has been involved in research in diverse areas of public health in both domestic and international settings, including infectious disease surveillance, viral hepatitis, alcohol and other drugs and women’s and children’s health.


  • Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians


  • PhD candidate, Centres for International and Population Health, Burnet Institute
  • Public Health Registrar, Centre for Population Health, Burnet Institute
  • MPH Research Placement, Centre for International Health, Burnet Institute
  • Hospital Medical Officer, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
  • Public Health Medical Officer, Office of the Chief Health Officer, Victorian Department of Health
  • Victorian Government Graduate Recruitment and Development Scheme (GRADS) positions in the Department of Human Services, Department of Justice and Victorian - Auditor-General’s Office
  • Hospital Medical Officer, Western Hospital, Victoria


  • 2016: FAFPHM, Royal Australian College of Physicians
  • 2013: MPH (International Health), Monash University
  • 2008: MBBS (Hons), UNSW
  • 2008: BA (Spanish & Latin American Studies), UNSW


  • 2016: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship
  • 2015: Australian Postgraduate Award
  • 2015: Sexual Health Society of Victoria Educational Support Grant

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