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Professor Stephanie Brown
Professor Stephanie Brown is a social epidemiologist, health services researcher and Head of the Intergenerational Health Group at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Her goals are to reduce social inequalities in maternal and child health, and across the life course. Her team are working at the interface of policy, health services and community to co-design and implement policy relevant epidemiological and intervention research focusing on the beginning of life, when change is most likely to lead to reduction in health inequalities. A major focus of her work is improving the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal children and families, women and children of refugee background and women and children experiencing family violence.
She is Co-director of the NHMRC Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence, an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, and holds professorial positions at the University of Melbourne and the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- Honorary Professorial Fellow, General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, The University of Melbourne
- Honorary Professorial Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne
- Professorial Fellow, South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
- NHMRC Senior Research Fellowship (2016-2020)
- Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2012-2015)
- National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Career Development Fellowship (2008- 2011)
- VicHealth Public Health Research Fellowship (2002-2006)
- BMC Award for Excellence in Medicine (2007)
- 'Young Tall Poppy' Award (1999)
Professor Brown's research program combines strong platforms of epidemiological research focusing on common maternal physical and mental health problems, intimate partner violence and the health of vulnerable populations, with strategic engagement in effective collaboration with policy makers, health services and community organisations to support knowledge translation. Her research program is charting exciting new ground in participatory academic, community and policy partnership necessary for developing a stronger, more relevant evidence base for health system reform capable of making a difference to health outcomes for the most disadvantaged people in our community.
- Aboriginal Families Study: closing the gap in Aboriginal maternal and child health outcomes (in partnership with the Aboriginal Health Council of South Australia)
- Bridging the Gap: addressing refugee inequalities through primary health care service reform
- Childhood Resilience Study: building the evidence to reduce health inequalities across the lifecourse
- The Maternal Health Study: prospective pregnancy cohort investigating the health of over 1500 mothers from early pregnancy to 10 years after the birth of their first child
- Victorian Intergenerational Health Cohort Study
Brown SJ, Weetra D, Glover K, Buckskin M, Ah Kit J, Leane C, Mitchell A, Stuart-Butler D, Turner M, Gartland D, Yelland J. Improving Aboriginal Women's Experiences of Antenatal Care: Findings from the Aboriginal Families Study in South Australia. Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. 2015;42(1):27-37. PubMed PMID: 100989012.
Yelland J, Riggs E, Szwarc J, Casey S, Dawson W, Vanpraag D, East C, Wallace E, Teale G, Harrison B, Petschel P, Furler J, Goldfeld S, Mensah F, Biro M, Willey, S, Chen I, Small R, Brown S. Bridging the Gap: using an interrupted time series design to evaluate systems reform addressing refugee maternal and child health inequalities. Implementation Science. 2015;10(1):62. PubMed PMID: doi:10.1186/s13012-015-0251-z.
Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Mensah F, Brown SJ. Maternal depression from early pregnancy to 4 years postpartum in a prospective pregnancy cohort study: implications for primary health care. BJOG 2015 Feb;122(3):312-21. PubMed PMID: 24844913.
Patton G, Romaniuk H, Spry E, Coffey C, Olsson C, Doyle L, Oats, J, Hearps S, Carlin J, Brown S. Prediction of perinatal depression from adolescence and before conception (VIHCS): 20-year prospective cohort study. LANCET. 2015. Epub 11 June.
Giallo R, Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Hiscock H, Brown S. The emotional-behavioural functioning of children exposed to maternal depressive symptoms across pregnancy and early childhood: a prospective Australian pregnancy cohort study. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2015 Jan 9. PubMed PMID: 25572869.
Brown S, Gartland D, Perlen S, McDonald E, MacArthur C. Consultation about urinary and faecal incontinence in the year after childbirth: a cohort study. BJOG 2015 Jun;122(7):954-62. PubMed PMID: 25039427.
McDonald EA, Gartland D, Small R, Brown SJ. Dyspareunia and childbirth: a prospective cohort study. BJOG 2015;122(4):672-9. PubMed PMID: 25605464.
Small R, Watson L, Gunn J. Mitchell C. Brown S. Improving Population-Level Maternal Health: A Hard Nut to Crack? Long Term Findings and Reflections on a 16-Community Randomised Trial in Australia to Improve Maternal Emotional and Physical Health after Birth [ISRCTN03464021]. PLOS ONE. 2014; 9 (2): e88457
Hegarty K, O'Doherty L, Taft A, Chondros P, Brown S. Valpied J, Astbury J, Taket A, Gold L, Feder G. Gunn J. Screening and counselling in the primary care setting for women who have experienced intimate partner violence (WEAVE): a cluster randomised controlled trial. LANCET. 2013; 382 (9888) : 249 - 58
Woolhouse H, Gartland G, Hegarty K, Donath S, Brown S. Depressive symptoms and intimate partner violence in the 12 months after childbirth: A prospective pregnancy cohort study. BJOG 2012; 119(3):315-23.