Health, Culture and Society

Inclusion Health (opens in a new window)

Menstrual Cycle Research Network (opens in a new window)

MCRN comprises researchers at Western with an active interest in menstrual cycle research. We come from varied disciplines and professional backgrounds including education, business, sociology and psychology.

Pneuma Network (opens in a new window)

Pneuma is “air in motion” and the inspiration which follows from sounds in musical activity and interactions

PNEUMA is the Professional Network for Evidence and Understanding of Music Applications.

Sexual & Reproductive Health (opens in a new window)


Motivations, barriers and enablers for sexual assault medical workforce in NSW, Australia

  • Investigators: Natalie Edmiston, Rosalie Power, Jane Ussher Sam Sperring, Samantha Ryan, Ellie Freedman and Kathryn Evans
  • Funded by:  NSW Health

In NSW, sexual assault medical forensic services are provided by NSW Health via specialist sexual assault medical forensic examiners. Examiners can be either doctors or nurses and come from a variety of medical disciplines. This qualitative research is exploring motivations and barriers to participation in this workforce, through interviews with those who are currently employed in or have recently left the workforce. The report will assist the funder in their role of supporting this workforce.

Completed Research

Out with Cancer

  • Investigators: Jane Ussher, Janette Perz, Martha Hickey, Suzanne  Chambers, Gary Dowsett, Kerry Robinson, Ian Davis, Antoinette Anazodo, Fiona McDonald
  • Funded by: ARC Linkage grant

‘Out with Cancer’, funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage grant, is a three-year research project focused on understanding the cancer experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities and their caregivers.

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Emotional responses to food and neurobiological response in children and adults (Emotions and Food)

  • Researchers: Phillipa Hay, Sloane Madden, Simon Clarke, Michael Kohn, Perminder Sachdev, Stephen Touyz, Mark Williams, Brooke Adam, Vaughan Macefield, Luke Henderson, Beatriz Martin Monzon

Central to an eating disorder are sufferer's thoughts, behaviors and feelings around food, and the impact of the former on weight and body image. Cognitive and behavioral aspects of eating disorders have been widely recognized as important to the identification, theoretical understanding and development of treatments. Exploration of functional brain imaging and emotive responses is still in its infancy in the area of eating disorders. Hence this study aims to examine participants' emotional and neurobiological responses to images of food via questionnaires and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study will include a sample of adults, adolescents and children with eating disorders.