AsPr Julia Shelley



Associate Professor


Faculty of Health


School of Health & Soc. Dev.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney, 1992

+61 3 924 46293

Research interests

Associate Professor Shelley is a chief investigator on the NHMRC funded project Australian Longitudinal Study of Health and Relationships, a cohort study aiming to document key areas of reproductive and sexual health over the life course. Her other current research interests include:

Links between sexual and reproductive health the impact of reproductive events on sexual health, and of sexual health on reproduction, particularly on contraception, unintended pregnancy, termination of pregnancy.

Contextual and systemic factors in sexual and reproductive health in Australia the effect of the social and demographic characteristics of areas, social networks, social capital, access to services and legal, regulatory, policy and systems frameworks on sexual and reproductive health outcomes;

Patterns of use of contraception and termination of pregnancy services in Australia

Medical termination of pregnancy, particularly the effectiveness and safety of misoprostol and methotrexate

Pregnancy loss: the occurrence, management and outcomes of care following first trimester pregnancy loss (miscarriage and early fetal death)

Medium to long-term sequelae of reproductive events for women and their infants, especially pregnancy loss, termination of pregnancy and mode of delivery.

Teaching interests

Unit Chair HSH205

Unit Chair HSH706


7th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Infertility, Athens, April 2005. Womens views of and preferences regarding three approaches to hospital care following first trimester miscarriage. Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Scientific Meeting. Auckland, September 2003. - Is D&C still the best approach for women following first trimester spontaneous miscarriage? XVI FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Washington DC, September 2000. An evidence-based approach to the management of first trimester miscarriage.


Public Health Association of Australia

Australasian Epidemiological Association

Society for Epidemiological Research (USA)


Associate Professor Shelley is a member of the following Departmental committees:

Teaching and Learning Committee

Research Committee

She is a member of:

National Health and Medical Research Council Working Party on hormone replacement therapy

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Working Party on Termination of Pregnancy

Victorian Health Promotion Foundation Research Excellence and Workforce Development Advisory Panel.

Victorian Cervical Cytology Registry Management Committee

Victorian Cytology Service Board of Management (Deputy Chair)

Associate Professor Shelley regularly reviews research applications for national and international funding bodies, including NHMRC and ARC and reviews manuscripts for Australian and international journals including: British Medical Journal (BMJ), American Journal of Public Health, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Medical Journal of Australia, Cochrane Collaboration Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, Sexual Health.