Global Women's and Newborn's Health Group

Co-Heads: Professor Caroline Homer AO and Dr Joshua Vogel


The Global Women’s and Newborn’s Health Group is co-led by Professor Caroline Homer and Dr Joshua Vogel. The Group aims to be a leading entity in the Asia-Pacific region for conducting research on women’s and newborn’s health in low-resource settings.

The Group’s objectives are to:

Develop and build meaningful research collaborations:

  • With individuals, institutions and agencies in low-resource settings across the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus in the Pacific Island Countries (PICT).
  • Cross-disciplinary collaborations within the Burnet Institute on priority women’s and newborn’s health topics
  • With collaborating institutions in Australia, working on women’s and newborn’s health research activities and topics relevant to the broader Asia-Pacific region

Prioritise novel maternal and newborn research activities:

  • That address priority knowledge gaps affecting women’s and newborn’s health in low-resource settings;
  • That are likely to generate a significant public health impact;
  • That affect women, newborn and families and the related health workforces in the Asia-Pacific region; and
  • Where we have a competitive advantage over other groups and organizations to successfully execute the required work

Plan, execute and publish primary research and knowledge synthesis activities:

  • That develop, test and evaluate the effectiveness of tools, interventions and strategies to improve access to, and quality of, pregnancy, labour and birth and postpartum care in low-resource settings; and
  • That provide the necessary evidence to inform global and national guidelines, practice and policy;

Provide technical guidance to support effective translation of evidence into women’s and newborn health programmes, that will improve availability and uptake of lifesaving care in low-resource settings and strengthen midwifery education and practice across the Asia-Pacific region.

Develop research capacity of students and early-career researchers in women’s and newborn’s health, in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region

The Group’s areas of focus are:

  • Major causes of maternal morbidity and mortality, particularly: prevention and treatment of postpartum haemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, peripartum infections, abortion, indirect causes and nutritional issues
  • Reducing preventable stillbirth
  • Addressing the major causes of perinatal and neonatal morbidity and mortality, particularly: preterm birth, low birth weight and neonatal sepsis
  • Improving the coverage and quality of antenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care, with an emphasis on timely, respectful, people-centred care
  • Capacity building, development and strengthening of the relevant health workforces and health systems especially midwives

Contact Details

Professor Caroline Homer AO

Burnet Executive Team; Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Working Group Head


[email protected]


  • Antenatal and postnatal care remote contacts guidance

  • Cost-effectiveness evidence for maternal and perinatal health interventions

  • Cost-effectiveness of antenatal corticosteroids for women at risk of imminent preterm birth in the early preterm period in low resource countries

  • COVID-19 Journey Project

  • Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings

  • HMHB: Quality of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Newborn Health Services Study

  • Living guidelines in maternal and perinatal health

  • Mapping of COVID-19-related pregnancy and perinatal research in Australia

  • Midwifery Faculty Development Program

  • National COVID-19 Clinical Evidence Taskforce

  • Rapid review of maternal health recommendations related to the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Review of Midwifery Curricula Timor-Leste

  • Stakeholder experiences of father engagement interventions in low- and middle-income countries

  • Strengthen Emergency Obstetric Newborn Care (EmONC) training through a Master Train-the-Trainer Program

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Family Life Education

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Strengthening Health Management Information Systems

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Strengthening Midwifery Education

Staff Members

  • Alexander Eggleston

    Alexander Eggleston
    Honours student

  • Doctor Alyce Wilson

    Doctor Alyce Wilson
    Public Health Registrar and Research Fellow

  • Annie Tan

    Annie Tan
    Research Assistant / PhD Candidate

  • Professor Caroline Homer AO

    Professor Caroline Homer AO
    Burnet Executive Team; Co-Program Director, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health; Working Group Head

  • Cassandra Caddy

    Cassandra Caddy
    Research Assistant

  • Doctor Elizabeth Armari

    Doctor Elizabeth Armari
    PhD Candidate

  • Associate Professor Joshua Vogel

    Associate Professor Joshua Vogel
    Principal Research Fellow

  • Katherine Eddy

    Katherine Eddy
    International Health Project Officer

  • Liz Comrie-Thomson

    Liz Comrie-Thomson
    Women's and Children's Health Specialist

  • Rachel Smith

    Rachel Smith
    Midwifery Specialist

  • Samia Aziz

    Samia Aziz

  • Sieyin Phung

    Sieyin Phung
    Program Manager