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Researcher, Curtin University

Felicity is a researcher at Curtin University. She is working collaboratively with the School of Population Health and Curtin Medical School to trial an ovulatory-menstrual health literacy program called "My Vital Cycles" in a secondary school in 2021. The program’s Whole Person approach recognises that biologically the cycle is the “5th Vital Sign” (according to the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists) but also extends into the emotional, social and meaning-making dimensions of human being. The program portrays the cycle positively whilst addressing challenges such as pain, irregular periods and heavy bleeding. The research aims to understand the best way to support schools in adopting the WHO's "Health Promoting School" framework for ovulatory-menstrual health. This means that formal curriculum teaching is supported through the school's parent-body, their own healthcare professionals and engagement with healthcare providers in the community. Together these elements work in educating tomorrow's women today.

Experience

  • –present
    Researcher, Curtin University

Education

  •  
    Curtin University, PhD Public Health

Publications

  • 2021
    Progressing towards adolescent ovulatory menstrual health literacy: a systematic literature review of school-based interventions, Women's Reproductive Health
  • 2020
    Potential process improvements to increase coverage of human papillomavirus vaccine in schools , Vaccine
  • 2020
    Influences to HPV completion via a school-based immunisation program, Sex Education
  • 2019
    Developing and trialling a school-based ovulatory-menstrual health literacy programme for adolescent girls, BMJ Open

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    Research Seed Fund
    Role:
    Pilot trial of My Vital Cycles
    Funding Source:
    Curtin Medical School
  • 2020
    Research Training Program Scholarship
    Role:
    Stipend
    Funding Source:
    Australian Government
  • 2019
    Accelerate Grant
    Role:
    Commercialisation
    Funding Source:
    Curtin Business School

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Association for Adolescent Health
  • Positive Education Schools Association
  • Western Australian Institute of Educational Research
  • Western Australian Health Promoting Schools Association
  • Australian Association for Research in Education
  • Australiasian Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine