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DR Linda Bennett


  • Medical Anthropology
  • Reproductive & Sexual Health



  • Dr Linda Rae Bennett is a medical anthropologist based at the Nossal Institute for Global Health in the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health. She is Head of the International Education and Learning Unit at the Nossal Institute, which delivers a wide range of for-credit subjects and short courses in the area of Global Health. Her key areas of expertise are reproductive and sexual health and rights, gender based violence, and gendered health inequities. She has worked in multiple countries in Asia and the Pacific, and is an international leader in research into sexual and reproductive health in Indonesia. Her extensive expertise in reproductive and sexual health and rights has included work on: premarital pregnancy and abortion; family planning; reproductive/sex education; adolescent marriage and motherhood; maternal and neonatal health; HIV and AIDS; sexual violence; domestic violence; polygamy; courtship, social transformations and youth sexual risk; sexual morality and gender discrimination in health care; patient rights and education; infertility and social suffering; reproductive travel; the human papilloma virus and cervical cancer. Dr Bennett’s current research interests include reproductive cancers in Indonesia, compromised fertility in Indonesia, and a continued commitment to better understanding patterns of and solutions to gender based violence in Asia and the Pacific. Dr Bennett has cross-disciplinary training and is passionate about research capacity building both in Australia and abroad. She enjoys facilitating research training that demonstrates how qualitative and quantitative techniques can work together to produce rigorous outcomes with strong policy applications. Her contributions to translational research have focused on: identifying barriers and solutions to women and youth accessing high quality reproductive and sexual health services; understanding the nexus between the health work force and patients in specific cultural contexts;   


Selected publications


Additional Grant Information


    2014-2017: Southeast Asian Women, Family, and Migration in the Global Era (with L. Butt, L. Mitchell & D. McKay), ESHIRE Insight Grant - Canada;
    2010-2014: Compromised Fertility in Contemporary Indonesia, Australian Research Council Future Fellowship;
    2004-2009: Muslim Youth, Social Connectedness, and Reproductive/Sex Education, VicHealth Victorian Public Health Fellowship;
    2006-2009: Ambivalent Adolescents in Indonesia (with L. Parker, P. Nilan & K. Robinson), ARC Discovery Grant;
    2002-2004: Islam, Reproductive Rights and Health Advocacy in Southeast Asia, La Trobe University Postdoctoral Fellowship.   


Education and training

  • PhD Med Anth, The University of Queensland 2002
  • MA Trop Health, The University of Queensland 1995
  • BAHons 1st Class, Griffith University 1994



Available for supervision

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