Professor Wendy Norman

University of British Columbia, Canada

Professor Wendy Norman has established, resourced, and led national interdisciplinary research and capacity-building collaborations effectively integrating and applying a range of scholarly advancements in women's reproductive health care to improve health outcomes across Canada. Professor Norman is an expert advisor to several Federal Ministers and agencies including Health Canada, The Public Health Agency of Canada, The Canadian Institute of Health Information, Statistics Canada, and serves as a technical advisor on Sexual Health Surveys for the WHO. CI Norman’s cost-effectiveness analysis of RCT data led to a BC Provincial Government policy change to provide all women at the time of abortion with free contraception in 2016. The integrated knowledge translation (IKT) strategy for her CIHR-funded research project on MTOP resulted in timely removal of barriers to MTOP, including the removal of federal requirements for mandatory observed dosing; practitioner training; practitioner registration; and the restriction on physician-only prescribing and dispensing of mifepristone. Her studies have further demonstrated this federal policy had no adverse effect on safety or the abortion rate, while improving access to care more than three-fold, particularly in rural areas.

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