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Dr Sue Perlen
Susan Perlen is a Senior Research Assistant with the Maternal Health Study research team and is leading a project to promote uptake of smoking cessation guidelines at Sunshine Hospital. Susan has a midwifery background and has worked in maternal health research for over eight years. Prior to this her clinical expertise was in the area of antenatal care, both as a clinician and as a manager.
She completed a Master of Public Health in 2008, with a minor thesis component that examined the impact of pregnancy on the health of a cohort of nulliparous women. Currently she is in the final stages of writing up her PhD investigating the implementation of Victorian smoking cessation guidelines in public antenatal care services. Her doctoral studies are being undertaken at the University of Melbourne.
- 2010- 2013: National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship
- 2010: New Investigator Award, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand
Susan's research focus is firmly on maternal health. She is interested in health services research and the policy into practice research area. More recently her interest has focussed on the implementation of smoking cessation guidelines and smoking cessation advice and support that is provided by clinicians to women during pregnancy.
- Maternal Health Study
- A new multifaceted approach to smoking cessation advice and support in pregnancy at Sunshine Hospital
- PhD study examining smoking cessation guidelines being implemented in pregnancy in Victorian public maternity hospitals
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: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 2014; doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.12963
Chamberlain C, O'Mara-Eves A, Oliver S, Caird J, Perlen S, Eades S, et al. Psychosocial Interventions to Support Women to Stop Smoking in Pregnancy. Preliminary Report of Evidence from a Cochrane Systematic Review for a World Health Organisation Guideline on 'Tobacco Use in Pregnancy'. 2012 October Report No.: 1
Chamberlain C, O'Mara-Eves A, Oliver S, Caird JR, Perlen SM, Eades SJ, et al. Psychosocial interventions for supporting women to stop smoking in pregnancy. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2013;10:Cd001055
Perlen S, Brown SJ, Yelland J. Have Guidelines About Smoking Cessation Support in Pregnancy Changed Practice in Victoria, Australia? Birth. 2013;40(2):81-7
Perlen S, Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Brown SJ. Maternal depression and physical health problems in early pregnancy: findings of an Australian nulliparous pregnancy cohort study. Midwifery. 2013;29(3):233-9
Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Perlen S, Donath S, Brown SJ. Physical health after childbirth and maternal depression in the first 12 months post partum: Results of an Australian nulliparous pregnancy cohort study. Midwifery. 2013;http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.03.006
Woolhouse H, Perlen S, Gartland D, Brown SJ. Physical Health and Recovery in the First 18 Months Postpartum: Does Cesarean Section Reduce Long-Term Morbidity? Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care. 2012;39(3):221-9
Gartland D, Brown S, Donath S, Perlen S. Women's health in early pregnancy: findings from an Australian nulliparous cohort study. Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2010;50(5):413-8
Woolhouse H, Brown S, Krastev A, Perlen S, Gunn J. Seeking help for anxiety and depression after childbirth: results of the Maternal Health Study. Archives of Women's Mental Health. 2009;12(2):75-83