Dr Alison Morgan has over 30 years’ experience in global health research and practice with a focus on quality maternal and newborn health care. Her interest is in measurement and indicators for maternal and newborn health, quality improvement of complex health systems, and on how national governments can plan to reach health development goals.
She is an expert in maternal mortality measurement challenges and maternal health determinants and has conducted analyses of maternal health services in Nepal, China (Tibet), Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia and across the Pacific region. She currently co-chairs the WHO advisory group Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR), and is part of the monitoring and evaluation working group advising on the Quality Equity Dignity (QED) initiative to reduce hospital based maternal deaths.
She is a renowned educator who set up the global health stream within the University of Melbourne’s Masters in Public Health and she led the design and delivery of the Nossal’s global course in health systems strengthening developed for UNICEF, which has seen 199 UNICEF staff from 70 countries complete a six month blended leaning program over 2017-2018.
She was on the steering committee for the Gates/AusAID funded multi-country investment case to reach MDGs 4&5 for the Asia Pacific, and the PI for the Nepal country case, and was a member of the technical advisory panel for the AusAID funded Women’s and Children’s Knowledge Hub. She has undertaken consultancies for WHO, UNICEF, DFAT (AusAID), and many international non-government organisations and private foundations.
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Progress towards reducing sociodemographic disparities in breastfeeding outcomes in Indone..
To Attend The 'Fourth Global Symposium On Health Systems Research', Vancouver, Canada, 11-..
Lessons learned through respectful maternity care training and its implementation in Ethio..
The distinctive roles of urban community health workers in low- and middle-income countrie..
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Cost-effectiveness of inhaled oxytocin for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage: a modelling study applied to two high burden settings.
Natalie Carvalho, Mohammad Enamul Hoque, Victoria L Oliver, Abbey Byrne, Michelle Kermode, Pete Lambert, Michelle P McIntosh, Alison Morgan
Journal article | 2020 | BMC Medicine
BACKGROUND: Access to oxytocin for prevention of postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) in resource-poor settings is limited by the requirem..
Progress towards reducing sociodemographic disparities in breastfeeding outcomes in Indonesia: a trend analysis from 2002 to 2017
Nurmala Selly Saputri, Belinda Rina Marie Spagnoletti, Alison Morgan, Siswanto Agus Wilopo, Ankur Singh, Barbara McPake, Rifat Atun, Rika Kumala Dewi, John Tayu Lee
Journal article | 2020 | BMC PUBLIC HEALTH
BACKGROUND: Improving breastfeeding practice is important for reducing child health inequalities and achieving several Sustainable..
The distinctive roles of urban community health workers in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review of the literature.
Teralynn Ludwick, Alison Morgan, Sumit Kane, Margaret Kelaher, Barbara McPake
Journal article | 2020 | Health Policy and Planning
Addressing urban health challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has been hampered by lack of evidence on effective ..
What is meant by validity in maternal and newborn health measurement? A conceptual framework for understanding indicator validation
Lenka Benova, Ann-Beth Moller, Kathleen Hill, Lara ME Vaz, Alison Morgan, Claudia Hanson, Katherine Semrau, Shams Al Arifeen, Allisyn C Moran
Journal article | 2020 | PLOS ONE
BACKGROUND: Rigorous monitoring supports progress in achieving maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity reductions. Recent wor..
Monitoring maternal and newborn health outcomes globally: a brief history of key events and initiatives.
Ann-Beth Moller, Jane H Patten, Claudia Hanson, Alison Morgan, Lale Say, Theresa Diaz, Allisyn C Moran
Journal article | 2019 | Tropical Medicine & International Health
OBJECTIVE: Over time, we have seen a major evolution of measurement initiatives, indicators and methods, such that today a wide ra..
Walking Together: Towards a Collaborative Model for Maternal Health Care in Pastoralist Communities of Laikipia and Samburu, Kenya
Michelle Kermode, Alison Morgan, Josephat Nyagero, Florence Nderitu, Tanya Caulfield, Matthew Reeve, John Nduba
Journal article | 2017 | MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH JOURNAL
Knowledge, attitudes and practices of traditional birth attendants in pastoralist communities of Laikipia and Samburu counties, Kenya: a cross-sectional survey
Matthew Reeve, Pamela Onyo, Josephat Nyagero, Alison Morgan, John Nduba, Michelle Kermode
Journal article | 2016 | Pan African Medical Journal
BACKGROUND: current efforts to reduce maternal and newborn mortality focus on promoting institutional deliveries with skilled birt..
Community and provider perceptions of traditional and skilled birth attendants providing maternal health care for pastoralist communities in Kenya: a qualitative study
Abbey Byrne, Tanya Caulfield, Pamela Onyo, Josephat Nyagero, Alison Morgan, John Nduba, Michelle Kermode
Journal article | 2016 | BMC PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH
Investment case for improving maternal and child health: results from four countries
Eliana Jimenez Soto, Sophie La Vincente, Andrew Clark, Sonja Firth, Alison Morgan, Zoe Dettrick, Prarthna Dayal, Bernardino M Aldaba, Soewarta Kosen, Aleli D Kraft, Rajashree Panicker, Yogendra Prasai, Laksono Trisnantoro, Beena Varghese, Yulia Widiati
Journal article | 2013 | BMC PUBLIC HEALTH
Developing and Costing Local Strategies to Improve Maternal and Child Health: The Investment Case Framework
Eliana Jimenez Soto, Sophie La Vincente, Andrew Clark, Sonja Firth, Alison Morgan, Zoe Dettrick, Prarthna Dayal, Bernardino M Aldaba, Beena Varghese, Laksono Trisnantoro, Yogendra Prasai
Journal article | 2012 | PLoS Medicine
Honours, Awards and Fellowships
Award for Program Innovation 2019
Head, Maternal, Sexual And Reproductive Health
Melbourne School Of Population And Global Health
Diploma of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery
University of Sydney
Diploma of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Melbourne
Graduate Certificate in Advanced Learning and leadership
University of Melbourne