• Domestic violence and family violence (Depression)
  • Domestic violence and health
  • Family Violence interventions
  • Health services research
  • Health system reform
  • Multi method research
  • Primary care/violence against women RCT
  • Technological interventions for domestic violence
  • Women’s health



  • Kelsey Hegarty is an academic general practitioner who currently works as a Professor and leads an Abuse and Violence in primary care research program. Her current research includes the evidence base for interventions to prevent violence against women; educational and complex interventions around identification of domestic and family violence in primary care settings and responding to men, women and children exposed to abuse. Interventions are delivered  through primary care and through the use of new technolgies. 
    During the last decade Kelsey has contributed at both national and international levels to the intimate partner violence field. She has developed a program of research in family violence, which commenced with her thesis. For this, she developed a new measure of domestic violence the Composite Abuse Scale, which is the first validated multidimensional measure of partner abuse. It has been used extensively globally and is available in 10 languages. She has co-edited a book on “Intimate partner abuse for health professionals” and is on two Cochrane systematic reviews of screening and advocacy interventions for domestic violence. She played a significant role in the development of  Royal Australian College of General Practice White Book on Abuse and Violence and a gplearning module. She has developed an innovative domestic violence curriculum for health practitioners and she regularly teaches domestic violence and mental health issues to undergraduates and postgraduate medical and nursing practitioners. She is currently chair of the governence group of the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria.
    She is also Director of the Postgraduate Primary Care Nursing Course in the Department. She works in general practice 2 sessions per week.   


Member of

  • WONCA Steering Committee Special Interest Group on Family Violence. RACGP Abuse and Violence Special Interest Group 2013 -
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre. Chair 2009 -
  • Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths, Dept. of Justice, Vic. Member 2009 -
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre management committee, Melbourne. Member 2008 -
  • RACGP National Standing Committee on Research. Member 2008 -


Selected publications


Investigator on


Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 1999
  • FRACGP, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 1991
  • DipRACOG, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1989
  • MBBS, The University of Queensland 1983

Awards and honors

  • Research Excellence Community Impact Award, The University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Distinguished Paper, Primary Health Care and General Practice Conference, 2012
  • Distinguished Paper, North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2012
  • Sir Benjamin F. Meaker Visiting Professorship, University of Bristol England, 2011
  • Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Support of and Service to Teaching and Learning, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2004
  • Elsie Butler Wilkinson Prize in Child Health, and Carnation Company Prize in Child Health, University of Queensland, 1983



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am an exprienced supervisor and am keen to continue to work with students in the area of domestic vioelnce, family violence and abuse. I use mised methods so am happy to supervise both qualitative and quantitative theses. I particulalry have a focus on measurement, prevalence, health effects, identification and response in primary care. More recently, I have move into technological abuse and use of technology to respond to intimate partner violence and abuse.