The Women’s Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases conducts clinically based research, as well as cutting edge molecular diagnostics for detection of infections as they relate to obstetrics, paediatrics, gynaecology and neonatology, as well as being a resource for clinical microbiology, infectious disease and infection control.
In July 2009, The Centre for Women's Infectious Diseases celebrated its move to Bio 21 Institute, part of University of Melbourne, and situated right next door to the new Royal Women's Hospital and a 10 minute walk from Royal Children’s Hospital. The centre is the first clinical group to be centred in Bio 21 Institute with affiliations to University of Melbourne Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
As a centre of excellence on women's health, especially in the fields of neonatal and infectious diseases research, including reproductive and sexual health, the Centre for Women's Infectious Diseases conducts clinical research, as well as cutting edge molecular diagnostics as well as geno surveillance. Key research areas of focus include cervical cancer, sexual health and mother-to-baby infections, with emphasis on providing evidence for changes that may translate into clinical practice, affecting patient health.