DR ASVINI SUBASINGHE
After completing her PhD in public health, Asvini developed a passion for improving the health of vulnerable populations with a particular focus on sexual and reproductive health in young women. Her research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and The Royal Women's Hospital involved using validated sexual and reproductive health surveys and self-collection protocols to investigate the burden of unwanted sexual experiences and sexually transmitted infections in adolescent and young Australian women. She also has experience in developing cervical cancer screening protocols for women in India and Sri Lanka.
DR NATALIE AMOS
Dr Natalie Amos joined the Department of General Practice as a Research Fellow in the SPHERE CRE. Natalie completed a PhD in Psychology at Deakin University in 2015 focusing on self-perceptions of sexual attractiveness across gender and sexual orientation. Natalie has research experience in a variety of areas from aged care to developmental disability but maintains a passion for research within sexual and reproductive health. Within SPHERE, Natalie will be working on research projects with a focus on encouraging long-acting reversible contraceptive (LARC) use among women.
DR JODY CHURCH
Jody Church is a Research Fellow (Health Economics) at Centre for Health Economics Research and Evaluation (CHERE), University of Technology Sydney. She has an Honours Bachelor degree in Management Economics in Industry and Finance from Guelph University and a Master's degree in Economics (with an emphasis in Health Economics) from McMaster University. Prior to joining CHERE she worked as a policy analyst in the health department at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, funded through Health Canada. She also gained experience in risk management while working as a business analyst for TELUS Corporation in Canada and in business development when she was nominated for an internship in México by AIESEC and the Canadian International Development Agency. She was also a research assistant for the economics department and a teaching assistant to undergraduate students while studying at McMaster University in Canada.
DR KARIN HAMMARBERG
Karin is a Registered Nurse with 20 years’ experience as clinical co-ordinator of IVF programs. She completed a PhD in 2006 is now Senior Research Fellow at Monash University and Senior Research Officer at the Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority. Her main areas of research interests are health promotion relating to fertility and preconception health; the psychosocial aspects of infertility and infertility treatment; and the health and development of children born as a result of assisted conception.
DR KATE CHENEY
Kate is a nurse and a midwife. Her background is clinical work in the area of Midwifery and Sexual Health. She has specialised for the past 12 years in the area of early pregnancy care and loss, working as a Clinical Midwife Consultant. Kate has been a member of the Family Planning NSW Ethics committee since 2014 and is a board member of the professional regulator. Since completing her PhD, Kate has focused on being an academic midwife. Her research focuses on pregnancy intention and reproductive planning and she is author and co-author on a number of publications. Within SPHERE, Kate will be working on research projects focusing on postpartum contraception use and barriers.