Professor Sullivan is a public health physician with over 25 years' experience as a medical epidemiologist, specialising in the fields of perinatal, maternal, sexual and reproductive health.
Professor Sullivan was appointed to the NHMRC for the triennium 2015-2018. She is an invited member of the Obstetrics Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Gynaecology Clinical Committee of the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce, Research Australia University Roundtable. Professor Sullivan is also the Chair of the UTS SAT for the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) National Pilot of Athena SWAN in Australia; she is committed to the advancement of gender equality in academia, by addressing unequal gender representation and empowering women across academic disciplines.
Professor Sullivan has a strong commitment to social justice and is nationally and internationally recognised for her innovative program of population health and health services research that focuses on vulnerable reproductive populations, specifically Aboriginal women, mental health, substance use (drug and alcohol), severe rare illness in pregnancy, pregnancy in prison and infertility. She has increasingly focused on health inequality among mothers and the immediate and longer term health impact on their infants.
Professor Sullivan has had a successful track record of research development and management, with more than $20 million in research and contract funding as a chief investigator, several national and international collaborations, over 180 peer review publications and AIHW and WHO reports and has successfully supervised and mentored many high degree students.
Prior to her appointment at UTS appointment in May 2014, she was Professor of Perinatal and Reproductive Health and Director at the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) National Perinatal Epidemiology and Statistics Unit, UNSW Medicine, University of New South Wales (2002-2014), and Head of Research at Family Planning NSW (2012-2014).