Monash Women’s Maternity Services Research

Monash Health has a long history of producing cutting edge, world-class research.

Maternity Services provide care for nearly 9,000 mothers and babies each year. This means there are many opportunities to use research findings to make sure we give the best care possible. We also generate some of the best research into issues that are important to mothers and their babies.

There are two research centres within Monash Women’s Maternity Services, which collaborate with each other and also have their own distinct areas of research expertise and interests.

Generation Victoria (GenV)

Monash Women’s Maternity is also proud to support GenV, a new research project led from the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute that aims to help improve long-term health and wellbeing for children and parents.

GenV is a sophisticated research project with a simple goal: a better approach to child and adult health and wellbeing in Victoria. GenV will launch at Monash Health from mid-2021 and over two years, every family having a baby at a Monash Health hospital – and at birthing hospitals across the state – will be offered the chance to participate, no matter their background or location.

GenV is one of the world’s largest birth and parent cohort studies and aims to reduce the burden of problems including allergies, obesity and mental illness. Visit their website to learn more:



The Ritchie Centre

Monash Women’s and Jessie McPherson Private Hospital, work in partnership with The Ritchie Centre, Monash Institute of Medical Research, Monash University. Herein, there is an established perinatal research program where clinicians and scientists work together in the study of healthy and complicated pregnancies, fetal growth and development, as well as the ongoing health of the newborn. Their aim is to further the understanding of pregnancy, the different conditions that can affect pregnant women and babies and to ultimately develop better treatments for these.

Currently, we are undertaking a wide range of research projects across all three Monash Health maternity sites: Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong Hospital and Casey Hospital. Some examples of these include: developing new treatments for pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction, pioneering therapies for perinatal cerebral protection, the use of placental stem cells in clinic, the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage at the time of vaginal and caesarean section birth and the effect of maternal diabetes on fetal kidney development.

All of our research projects must be approved by Monash Health, Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC), before we can recruit any mother or baby to them.

If you would like to find out more about our perinatal research at Monash Women’s, or you would like to ask if you may be eligible take part in one of our many research projects, as either a healthy volunteer or a participant with a specific condition, please contact:

Ms Joanne Mockler
Research Midwife, Consultant/Manager, Perinatal Clinical Trials Unit-The Ritchie Centre
Level 5. Monash Medical Centre
246 Clayton Road
Victoria 3168
Tel: +613 9594 5458
Page: 884 (Via MMC Switchboard: +613 9594 6666)

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