Centre Profile

Welcome to the Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society (CWHGS), a Centre of the University of Melbourne within the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and an international leader in research, teaching and knowledge exchange about women's health and gender.

Our Vision

To improve women’s health and the health of their families and communities by contributing to knowledge about the effects on health and well-being of gender inequity and other social, economic, cultural, psychological, and biological factors.

Our Mission

To be recognised as an international leader in research, teaching, and knowledge exchange about women’s health, gender, and society and the leading academic centre in the Asia-Pacific region.

Our people

Our staff and students are from many disciplines, including epidemiology, psychology, sociology, statistics, and health services research. We have strengths in both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Research Themes

Our research on women’s health and gender emphasises the following themes:

About Gender, Health and Society

CWHGS research and teaching focuses on the ways in which a range of social, economic, cultural, psychological, and biological factors affect health. All of our work recognises the importance of gender for health. This means that we are interested in the ways in which health is shaped by women's and men's positions in society and the relationships and distribution of social and economic resources between men and women.

Thus, while our research and teaching are centrally concerned with the health of women, we see gender and the societal context in which women live to be critical influences on women's health. We also recognise the differences among women in a range of factors such as socio-economic position, race or ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation, as well as the importance of these for women's health. We have a strong commitment to improving women's health across the lifespan by addressing gender-based inequities as well as other forms of social and economic disadvantage. Our work also engages with human rights with a focus on women's sexual and reproductive rights.

CWHGS is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Women's Health and works in partnership with scholars and international agencies in the region to develop research priorities and programs as well as to increase research capacity through coursework teaching programs, research higher degree training, in-country coursework programs, and collaborative research with local researchers. 

We are committed to making a difference through research and teaching programs that improve health service delivery and practice and shape health and social policy. Our Centre is recognised for excellence in knowledge exchange.