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Elizabeth Hoban is a Medical Anthropologist and Senior Lecturer in the School of Health and Social Development. Elizabeth is the Unit Chair and teaches in Gender, Culture and Population Health (HSH 707) in the Master of Public Health / Health Promotion Course (Semester 2, 2006). She supervises higher degree students, and conducts research and short courses in the school.
Elizabeth Hoban is a health advocate for marginalized women and their families in Australia and Southeast Asia, in particular in Cambodia where she has worked for the last 15 years, including where she conducted her doctoral research. In Cambodia, Elizabeth works as an international health advisor and aid/development professional with the Cambodia Ministry of Health, international health agencies and local non-government organizations and conducts research to inform policies and programs.
Unit Chair: Gender, Culture and Population Health (HSH 707) for Semester 2, 2006.
(1) PhD student – Deakin University (Primary Supervisor)
(1) PhD student – Monash University (Co-supervisor)
Elizabeth Hoban’s research is primarily in Southeast Asia in the area of maternal health, sexual and reproductive health, child sexual abuse and the trafficking of women and children for exploitation. In Australia, Elizabeth’s research interests are the health and human rights of women who are undocumented or in breech of their visa conditions while in Australia.
Elizabeth Hoban’s main research interests include:
• Social and cultural research
• Trafficking in women and children
• Reproductive and sexual health
• Child sexual abuse
• Maternal health
• Indigenous health, social aspects of infectious and non-communicable diseases
• Medical anthropology
• Health promotion and advocacy
• Public health research
• Social policy and practice in health
• Health education and training
Australian Centre for International Tropical Health and Nutrition, the University of Queensland, Joint Winner of Gary Quale Award for Excellence in Masters Research
University of Melbourne Postgraduate Scholarship
University of Melbourne, School of Population Health, Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in PhD Research
• Honorary Research Fellow, School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne
• Honorary Research Fellow, Social Sciences and Health Research Unit, School of Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne
• International Union of Health Promotion (member)
• Society for Applied Anthropology (USA) (member)
• Australia Anthropology Society (member)
• 8th Women in Asia 2005 Conference, University of Technology Sydney, September 26-28, 2005. Presentation - Trafficking in women and children for sexual exploitation in Australia and Southeast Asia.
• Dealing with Difference Conference, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, July 29, 2005. Presentation - Safety and childbirth in rural Cambodia.
• Australian Anthropology Society Annual Conference 2004. Moving Anthropology: Motion, Emotion and Knowledge. September 27-28, 2004. . Melbourne University, Melbourne. Presentation - Celebrating Safe Childbirth in rural Cambodia
• The Society for Applied Anthropology 64th Annual Meeting, Social Science & Advocacy, Dallas Texas, March 31 – April 4, 2004. Presentation – Speaking Truth to Power: Trafficked women voice their experiences of Slavery and sexual servitude Through Community Based Research.