Maternal and Child Health

  • Major research program underway

    Major research program underway

    The rate of maternal and child death in PNG is staggeringly high. Our research is identifying new solutions to reduce mortality.

Women and children continue to suffer significant illness from preventable causes, particularly in resource-poor countries in our region.

Achieving greater equity in maternal and child health particularly in resource-poor and high-risk communities in our region, requires an urgent need to develop and promote new strategies, tools and policies.

Women and children continue to die and suffer significant illness from preventable causes. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies is a collaborative research program aimed at providing life-saving health care for women and children in Papua New Guinea, where the rate of maternal and child death is staggeringly high. Tragically, more than 5000 babies die in their first year of life.

Burnet is also working with many communities to better understand and address the underlying factors that prevent access to crucial health care services such as family planning, postnatal and newborn care, vaccinations, management of childhood illnesses and nutrition.

Through the Maternal and Child Health program Burnet is committing to making a major contribution to:

  • Improving reproductive health, with a focus on pre-conception health
  • Reducing maternal and newborn mortality, and prevention of other adverse pregnancy outcomes
  • Reducing preventable causes of morbidity and mortality of children, and optimising growth and development
  • Advancement of gender equality, and prevention of gender-based violence
  • Increasing the capacity of health professionals, researchers, policy makers and the general community in maternal and child health, through education and training in Australia and globally.


Contact Details

Doctor Elissa Kennedy

Program Director, Maternal and Child Health





Latest News

  • 06 February, 2018


    Islands Petroleum backs HMHB

    Burnet welcomes Islands Petroleum as a supporter of our Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program.

  • 01 February, 2018


    ACH2 grants for Burnet research

    Important Burnet Institute studies have attracted funding from the Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research.

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