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Pip Buckingham


Pip graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Master of Public Health in 2018, specialising in sexual and reproductive health and epidemiology. She gained experience as a research assistant at the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, Monash University, working for the Victorian State Trauma and Victorian Lung Cancer Registries, and subsequently joined SPHERE in 2019 as a PhD candidate. Pip has also been involved in research using multimedia to deliver information about the emergency contraceptive pill to young people.


With SPHERE, Pip’s research is focused on the design of effective decision aids for broadening women’s contraceptive choice in general practice and pharmacy.

Edwina Dorney


Edwina is a PhD Candidate at The University of Sydney and an Advanced Trainee in Public Health Medicine working clinically in Sexual Health at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Edwina has worked clinically in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology for over 10 years, both in the United Kingdom and Australia and completed the membership exams of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 2014. Edwina’s PhD focus is on enhancing the delivery of preconception care at a population health level.  She has received a grant from the Australian Government National Women’s Health Strategy Scheme and is a recipient of the Albert S McKern Research Scholarship from Sydney University. Edwina’s research combines her passions of sexual, reproductive and public health. 

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Jess completed a Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne in 2019, where she specialised in gender and global health. For her Master thesis, she designed and conducted a qualitative evidence synthesis on women’s perceptions and experiences of reproductive coercion. She has previously worked as a Policy Officer on family violence workforce development for the Victorian Department of Education and Training and in client services at Marie Stopes Australia, aiding the provision of sexual and reproductive health services. Jess joined SPHERE in 2020 as a PhD candidate, where her research is focused on piloting and evaluating nurse-led models of care to increase access to medical termination of pregnancy.



Nishadi joined SPHERE as a PhD student. She completed her undergraduate studies and Honours in Biomedical Science at Monash University in 2019. As a summer scholar, she assisted with a project involving medical termination of pregnancy in culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Within SPHERE, Nishadi will be working on a research project with a focus on primary care-based preconception interventions that reduce the risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes. 



Anna joined SPHERE in 2020 as a rural PhD candidate looking at the experiences of rural and remote women in accessing their preferred sexual and reproductive health services with a specific focus on abortion. Anna has a multidisciplinary tertiary background, with a Bachelor of Media and Communications (Journalism), Bachelor of International Studies (Latin America) from UTS and a Master of Public Health from the University of Sydney. After a decade working in human rights and international development, a summer internship at the World Health Organisation’s Maternal and Child Health Unit in Geneva in 2010 inspired a career shift into the University sector. Since then, Anna has worked in strategic research and education initiatives in the fields of arts, social sciences, planetary health and — most recently — rural health for the University of Sydney. Anna lives and works on Wiradjuri country in Orange NSW.

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Natasha joined SPHERE, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care, in April 2020. She is currently a PhD candidate at Global and Women's Health, Monash University. Her PhD focuses on access to sexual and reproductive care for women from refugee like backgrounds. Her background is in clinical work, public health, epidemiology and humanitarian aid. She has a strong interest in enhancing health equity and reducing disparities for vulnerable populations.



Desireé is a PhD student at the Judith Lumley Centre (for mother, infant and family health research) at La Trobe University. The PhD research focuses on reproductive coercion and the role of nursing care models. She is a Registered Nurse initially qualified in the U.S.A. with 10+ years of experience in clinical and community nursing and research within the U.S., Australia and low- and middle- income countries.  Within Australia, she is experienced in the not-for-profit and government sectors promoting rural/remote and Aboriginal health.  Currently, she works for a Public Health Unit managing the Sexual Health programme and has recently completed clinical accreditation in Reproductive and Sexual Health. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with Honours from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Nursing/Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health. Desireé is supervised by SPHERE co-Investigator Professor Angela Taft and affiliates Dr. Leesa Hooker and Dr. Kristina Edvardsson.



Sarmitha is a Bachelor of Biomedical Science Honours student at Monash University in 2022, completing her degree with SPHERE, at the Department of General Practice. She is interested in the field of women's health and would like to keep studying and working in this area. Sarmitha's research this year will involve looking at women's perceptions of interconception care, and she will be conducting a qualitative study to better understand the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes of women towards interconception care. 

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Susan joined SPHERE in 2022 as a PhD student within the Department of General Practice, Monash University. Her research aims to understand reproductive coercion and abuse among individuals accessing sexual and reproductive health services in Australian primary care settings. Susan completed her undergraduate studies in Health Sciences (Public Health) and Commerce (Management) in 2020. She then graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Biomedicine (Degree with Honours) in 2021. For her Honours thesis, she conducted a qualitative study exploring the experiences of Victorian key stakeholders on the provision of medical abortion via telehealth. She has also previously worked as a facilitator for the Enhanced Assess Act Acknowledge (EAAA) program, a 12-hour sexual assault resistance education program for university-aged women at La Trobe University. Susan has career ambitions in shaping global health policy and empowering others to take control of their individual sexual and reproductive health.

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