Global Women's and Newborn's Health Group

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

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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 and Child Health; Working Group Head