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Who we are and what we do:

Jean Hailes performs original research to identify and address gaps in knowledge about women’s health. Outcomes of this research are used to inform women’s health policy, support health care programs and improve women’s lives.

The Jean Hailes research team is based at the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine. The team adopts a cross-disciplinary, lifespan approach to understanding women’s lives. They consider women’s health within a social model of health, underscored by an appreciation of the significance of gender, so men and children are included in research as integral to the context of women’s lives.

Research Topics

Current research topics at Jean Hailes include:

  • Mental health promotion, including in the perinatal period
  • Psychosocial aspects of fertility and infertility
  • The ramifications of cancer and its treatment, especially for reproductive and sexual mental health
  • Women’s mental health in resource-constrained countries, particularly during adolescence and in the perinatal period
  • Quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods
  • Healthy lifestyle promotion
  • Indigenous women's health

For more information on our research go to Research projects or Publications.


Many Jean Hailes research projects are performed in collaboration with other local, national and international research and health organisations such as The Royal Women's Hospital Victoria, Family Planning Victoria and Melbourne IVF.

Research Staff

Our researchers are profiled here…

Prospective students

The Jean Hailes Research Unit supervises Honours, Masters and PhD students. You can find more infomation about available projects and how to apply here...


Jean Hailes researchers work closely with our educators to translate their findings into useful information for women and health professionals.

Ethics Committee Approval

All research undertaken by the Jean Hailes Research Unit complies with the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research and is approved by a formally constituted Human Research Ethics Committee.

Further resources

Understanding Medical Research

NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research - Updated 2009

Content updated September 2012

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