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Associate Professor Shelley is Senior Lecturer in Social Epidemiology and Health Inequalities in the School of Health and Social Development. She is course coordinator for the Bachelor of Applied Science (Health Promotion) and Bachelor of Public Health and Health Promotion courses. She teaches at undergraduate and postgraduate level and also supervises higher degree students. Associate Professor Shelley has an active research program covering various aspects of reproductive health, and social context and health.
Unit Chair HSH205
Unit Chair HSH706
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.
• 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.
• 7th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Infertility, Athens, April 2005. Women’s 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.