|Dr Cathy Vaughan
Cathy Vaughan is a researcher-practitioner in international public health. Since 1996 she has worked in the areas of women’s health, HIV, sexual and reproductive health, disability, youth health, and health program design and evaluation in Asia and the Pacific. Cathy has extensive experience in the use of participatory and visual research methodologies, working with groups as diverse as youth in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea to migrant and refugee communities living in inner-city Melbourne. She has a specific research interest in the process and impacts of participatory approaches on the research participants themselves, and the role of participatory methods in advocacy for health equity. She currently leads research projects working to improve the sexual and reproductive health of women with disability in the Philippines; explore the impact of female genital mutilation/cutting on women and families in Melbourne; and identify particular professional development needs of health workers working with migrant women in communities in regional Victoria. Cathy also collaborates on a number of other projects internationally and within Australia.
Cathy coordinates the Centre’s activities as a WHO Collaborating Centre for Women’s Health, working closely with the Western Pacific Regional Office of WHO. She supervises several postgraduate research students, and coordinates the Masters level subjects Women and Global Health, and Gender and Health.
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