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Collaborations and research partnerships

Jean Hailes is a collaborator with the Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme and has multiple partnership projects with the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Our role is usually as a translation partner, working closely with the chief investigators to inform health professionals and the public about important research findings.

Below are some of Jean Hailes’ current partnerships.

The Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Diseases (CRE-WaND)

The Centre of Research Excellence on Women and Non-communicable Diseases (CRE WaND) is a multidisciplinary team of national and international researchers and clinicians seeking to build the evidence base to improve non-communicable disease outcomes for women across the lifespan.

The CRE-WaND is led by Professor Gita Mishra at the University of Queensland.

Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SPHERE)

The Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SPHERE) will improve the quality, safety and capacity of primary healthcare services to achieve better outcomes for women. SPHERE will deliver projects to address evidence and practice gaps across 3 streams: abortion, contraception and preconception care.

SPHERE is led by Professor Danielle Mazza at Monash University.

The Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support (AusCAPPS) Network

The Australian Contraception and Abortion Primary Care Practitioner Support (AusCAPPS) Network is a multidisciplinary community of practice that will support GPs, pharmacists and nurses working in primary care to deliver long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) and medical termination of pregnancy (MTOP). The AusCAPPS Network will: increase access to practice support, resources, education and training; provide regional peer-networking opportunities; drive innovation; and coordinate sustainable improvement in access to and equity of LARC and MTOP across Australia.

The AusCAPPS Network is led by Professor Danielle Mazza at Monash University.

Genetic Variants, Early Life Exposures, and Longitudinal Endometriosis Symptoms Study (GELLES)

The Genetic Variants, Early Life Exposures, and Longitudinal Endometriosis Symptoms Study (GELLES) aims to increase the epidemiological evidence base regarding genetic factors, early life exposures, and symptoms during adolescence associated with increased risk of endometriosis and to generate an endometriosis risk calculator based on women’s symptoms, life history and genetic data to predict risk of endometriosis and inform earlier diagnosis for women. Findings will inform improved clinical guidelines for health practitioners, evidence-based information co-designed with consumers, for consumers, and national women’s health policy.

GELLES is a sub-study of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and is led by Professor Gita Mishra at the University of Queensland.

Multisite Randomised Controlled Trial Comparing Yoga, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Standard Care to Improve Quality of Life and Reduce Healthcare Costs in Endometriosis

This research project will evaluate the efficacy and cost effectiveness of yoga, and cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), compared to standard care-receiving patient education to improve quality of life and reduce healthcare costs for people with endometriosis.

This project is led by Dr Subhadra Evans at Deakin University.

Optimising the health of women at midlife to minimise immediate and long-term morbidity

Optimising the health of women at midlife to minimise immediate and long-term morbidity is a three-part NHMRC partnership project, the first part being the development of the Global Consensus Position Statement on the Use of Testosterone Therapy for Women. Secondly, the project conducted qualitative research with primary health care providers to identify barriers to providing comprehensive care to women at midlife, and their confidence managing and communicating about issues including menopausal symptoms, sexual dysfunction, central weight gain and prevention of bone loss and fracture risk reduction. Finally, the project conducted qualitative research with women at midlife to investigate their knowledge of menopause and how to optimise their health and reduce long-term morbidity, and their satisfaction with the comprehensiveness of their care.

This study is led by Professor Susan Davis at Monash University.