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  1. To increase awareness of the extent and causes of perinatal health inequalities in Australia and New Zealand
  2. To advance knowledge on strategies and actions to reduce inequalities and advocate for the application of this evidence to achieve health equity
  3. To contribute to research priority setting activities to reduce inequalities
  4. To foster capacity building and exchange to strengthen capability for reducing health inequalities
  5. In collaboration with other PSANZ groups (e.g. Board, Policy Committee etc.), to identify priority areas for policy development and clinical training needs to effectively respond to perinatal health inequalities
  6. To provide advice to other PSANZ committees on equity issues



The committee aims to advance equity issues for women and families from a range of cultural and social backgrounds, including:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  2. Māori and Pacific Island peoples
  3. Refugee and Migrant families
  4. Women aged 25 years or younger having their first child
  5. Those experiencing significant social and/or economic disadvantage
  6. Women and infants exposed to family violence in the perinatal period


Equity Statement

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Current members of the Equity Subcommittee

Committee member


Dr Alice Rumbold (Chair)

Robinson Research Institute, the University of Adelaide

Prof Stephanie Brown

Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

A/Prof Philippa Middleton

South Australia Health and Medical Research Institute

Ms Pauline Dawson

University of Otago

A/Prof Lynn Sinclair

University of Technology Sydney

Dr Liza Edmonds

University of Otago

Prof Vicki Flenady

Mater Research Institute, the University of Queensland

Dr Miranda Davies-Tuck

Monash University

Dr Lulusha Jayawardena

Monash Medical Centre

Dr Naomi Spotswood

Burnet Institute

Dr Catherine Chamberlain

LaTrobe University

Ms Geri Vaughan

University of Technology Sydney


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