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Dr Laura Biggs
Dr Laura Biggs joined the Intergenerational Health group as a posdoctoral Research Officer in the Refugee and Migrant Research Program in 2019. Laura is a midwife by background and graduated with a PhD from La Trobe University in 2018. Her research is informed by her experiences across clinical practice, research, tertiary education, and community mental health sectors.
- Australian Catholic University Faculty of Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award (2017)
- La Trobe University Postgraduate Award PhD Scholarship (2013)
- Australian College of Midwives Scholarship Fund (2014)
Dr Biggs' research focuses on innovative policy and practice change in perinatal mental health, particularly relating to the intersections of maternal suicide, gender-based violence, and health equity.
Dr Biggs' is co-ordinating Listening to What Matters: a phenomenological study examining the experiences of parents of refugee background and health and social care professionals caring for them during the COVID-19 pandemic in Victoria. She is also co-ordinating Talking about Stillbirth: a qualitative study exploring beliefs and understandings of stillbirth among recent parents of refugee background. Both studies are underpinned by community engagement led by a team of bicultural Project Officers who coordinate recruitment and data collection in participants' preferred languages.
Dr Biggs also leads a grounded theory project examining women's experiences of suicidality in the perinatal period. This study is being conducted in partnership with James Cook University and PANDA.
- Making Sense of the Unseen
- Listening to What Matters
- Talking about Stillbirth
- Group Pregnancy Care
Biggs, L.J., Birks, M., Paderes, M., & Plumridge, C. (2020). Preventing maternal suicide by centring lived experience. MJA Insight+
Biggs, L. J., McLachlan, H. L., Shafiei, T., Liamputtong, P., & Forster, D. A. (2019). "I need help": Reasons new and re-engaging callers contact the PANDA—Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia National Helpline. Health and Social Care in the Community, 27(3), 717–728, doi:10.1111/hsc.12688
Shafiei, T., Biggs, L.J., Forster, D., Small, R., & McLachlan, H. (2018). Characteristics of callers to PANDA Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia National Helpline and their health assessment, history and risk factors. Archives of Women's Mental Health, doi:10.1007/s00737-018-0868-4.
Biggs, L.J., McLachlan, H.L., Shafiei, T., Small, R., & Forster, D.A. (2018). Peer supporters' experiences on an Australian perinatal mental health helpline. Health Promotion International, 1-11 doi:10.1093/heapro/dax097.
Biggs, L.J., Shafiei, T., Forster, D., Small, R., & McLachlan, H. (2015). Exploring the views and experiences of callers to the PANDA Post and Antenatal Depression Association Australian National Perinatal Depression Helpline: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 15, 209, doi:10.1186/s12884-015-0594-0
- Suicide Prevention Australia
- North West Melbourne Primary Health Network