DR Philomena Horsley



  • Philomena Horsley joined the Centre for Women's Health, gender and Society as a lecturer in 2009. She has coordinated the Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health course and the short course on Gender, Violence and Women's Health. She is also responsible for developing the Centre's research program on the health and well-being of women living with disabilities.

    Philomena is a medical anthropologist with a broad interest in understandings of medicine and the body, women's health, sexuality and sexual health including HIV/AIDS; social inequalities related to disability, sexual identity and age; and medical education and practice, particularly in the area of death and dying. Her PhD was an ethnographic study of the hospital autopsy. She also has particular expertise in research ethics, and is a long-time member of the Human Research Ethics Committees of Family Planning Victoria and SCOPE Victoria.


Member of

  • Australian Anthropology Society. Member 2005 -
  • HREC, Scope Victoria. Acting Chair 2005 -
  • HREC, Family Planning Victoria. Acting Chair 2001 -


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2009
  • MMA, University of Melbourne 2003
  • GCertProfWrit, Deakin University 1997
  • GDipEd (ChildLit), Deakin University 1992
  • BA, Monash University 1990
  • GDipWomen'sSt, Rusden State College 1981

Awards and honors

  • Centenary Medal, Commonwealth of Australia, 2003
  • Victorian Honour Roll of Women, Victorian Government, 2001