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Dr Catherine Chamberlain Associate Professor, Judith Lumley Centre

Catherine Chamberlain is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Career Development Fellow (2019-2022). A descendant of the Trawlwoolway People (Tasmania), her postdoctoral research program aims to improve Indigenous health equity by developing strengths-based family-focussed strategies in pregnancy, birth and early childhood. She has over 25 years' experience in reproductive and child health, including program and hospital service management, policy implementation, guideline development, evidence-based practice and research. Her mixed method research experience includes qualitative research, epidemiological research, research translation and evidence synthesis.

In 2019, she was awarded the prestigious 2019 Lowitja Institute Research Leadership award. A/Prof Chamberlain currently leads a large multi-institutional multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary NHMRC / Lowitja Institute funded community-based participatory action research project entitled Healing the Past by Nurturing the Future which aims to co-design perinatal awareness, recognition, assessment and support strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents experiencing complex childhood trauma. She is also a Chief Investigator on an NHMRC CRE to redesign maternal, newborn and child health services, and an NHMRC partnership project to implement caseload midwifery for Indigenous women in Victoria.

A/Prof Chamberlain has led an evidence review for a World Health Organisation guideline for ‘Management of Tobacco Use in Pregnancy’ (2012) and Cochrane Systematic Reviews which have informed several international guidelines. She was awarded an Endeavour Scholarship (2016) to build expertise in complex systematic reviews at the ‘Evidence for Policy and Practice Coordinating Centre’, UK (2017).

A/Prof Chamberlain is an associate editor for 'Research for All: Universities and Society' and regularly reviews for more than a dozen journals. She is currently a member for the Victorian Aboriginal maternal and child health initiative steering group, NHMRC Advisory Group on the Synthesis and Translation of Research Evidence (SToRE), NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Stillbirth Indigenous Advisory Group, International GRADE working group and PSANZ Health Equity group .


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