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Professor Deborah Bateson in new position Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sydney University

Professor Deborah Bateson

AFMW extends a hearty congratulations to Professor Deborah Bateson, formerly Medical Director of Family Planning NSW has been appointed Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine and Health which is a new role at  Sydney University.


MWIA newsletter extract

Professor Deborah BatesonDeborah Bateson, the Co-Chair of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) Teenage Pregnancy Taskforce, has been appointed as Professor of Practice in the Daffodil Centre, a joint venture between The University of Sydney and Cancer Council NSW.  Deborah has had an interesting career journey gaining her medical degree at the University of Hong Kong, following a degree in biochemistry from Somerville College, Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

She has worked as a clinician, researcher, educator and advocate for over 20 years in sexual and reproductive health and rights, including roles as Medical Director of Family Planning NSW and Global Medical Director of Marie Stopes International.

Deborah is the first Professor of Practice in the Faculty of Medicine and Health which is a new role at   University engaging people with extensive real-world experience to help bring issues confronting the broader community into research and education. This exciting role will allow Deborah to apply her expertise and leadership into new areas of research and in particular into the translation and implementation of research outputs into policy and practice with a focus on equity.  Deborah is playing a leading role in projects including an NHMRC-funded study to increase participation of people with intellectual disability in cervical screening, and in a collaborative project seeking to support the WHO strategy to eliminate cervical cancer as a public health problem in the Western Pacific Region.

She is also Chair of the National Cervical Screening Program Self-Collection Implementation Committee which helped steer the game-changing policy change on 1st July whereby anyone eligible for cervical screening is offered the choice of either self-collection of a vaginal sample or a clinician-collected cervical sample using a speculum.  It is hoped that this change will reduce barriers to screening and increase equity for vulnerable groups which will help keep Australia on track to be the first country to eliminate cervical cancer by 2028 to 2035 – an amazing thought! In addition, Deborah will continue her work to improve sexual and reproductive health care including contraception and safe abortion care and contribute to the development of up to date guidelines in the field.


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