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Director of Research: Professor Peter Rogers

Professor Peter Rogers is Research Director at the Women’s and Professor of Women’s Health Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Melbourne. His laboratories are situated in the Research Precinct of Women’s and his group has research interests spanning basic reproductive biology through to gynaecological problems. Current areas of interest include common women’s health disorders such as heavy menstrual bleeding, uterine fibroids, endometriosis, pelvic pain and uterine aspects of infertility. Professor Rogers also runs a program investigating the application of synchrotron generated micro beam x-rays for tumour radiotherapy.

Deputy Director Research: Professor Della Forster

Professor Della Forster has been a midwife since 1989. She joined MCHR in April 1999 as joint project coordinator of the ABFAB breastfeeding trial. Professor Forster completed her PhD in March 2005 using data from ABFAB. She was a joint chief investigator of the statewide review of public in-hospital postnatal care (PinC).

She is Professor of Midwifery and Maternity Services Research at MCHR, the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the Women’s and a Chief Investigator on the NHMRC-funded randomised controlled trial of caseload midwifery and the NHMRC-funded randomised trial, Diabetes and Antenatal Milk Expressing (DAME).

Research Centre directors 

  • Professor Peter Davis: Director, Women’s Newborn Research Centre
  • Professor Suzanne Garland AO: Director, Centre for Women’s Infectious Disease
  • Professor Martha Hickey: Co-Director, Women’s Gynaecology Research Centre
  • Professor Eve Dimitradis: Co-Director, Women’s Gynaecology Research Centre
  • Professor Shaun Brennecke AO: Director, Women’s Pregnancy Research Centre
  • Associate Professor Orla McNally: Director, Women’s Cancer Research Centre
  • Professor Kelsey Hegarty, Director, Centre for Family Violence Prevention
  • Professor Della Forster: Director, Midwifery and Maternity Services Research 
  • Clare Manning: Director, Social Model of Health Research
  • Associate Professor Helena Frawley: Director, Allied Health Research

The Board of the Women's

Research at the Women’s is overseen by the Board of the Women's. The Board is responsible for governance of the Women’s Research Strategic Plan and the Annual Statement of Priorities.

For more information, visit the Women's Board.