Asvini Subasinghe

Dr

20142021

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Biography

After completing her PhD in Public Health in 2015, Dr Subasinghe developed a passion for improving the sexual and reproductive health of priority populations. Using epidemiological research methods, she has published 28 peer-reviewed articles, including 13 first author publications, related to improving health outcomes for adolescents, those living with socio-economic disadvantage, and survivors of sexual abuse.

Between 2015 and 2019, her postdoctoral research at the Western Pacific WHO reference laboratory for HPV and Murdoch Children's Research Institute involved managing multiple women’s health programs in which she investigated the prevalence of reproductive health conditions in adolescent and young women. In 2017, Dr Subasinghe led a collaboration between investigators from India and Australia to pilot a cervical cancer screening program with South Indian women. To support this work, she was awarded an Endeavour Australia India Education Council Research Fellowship.

Building on her earlier epidemiological research in priority populations, Dr Subasinghe identified that she could make an important contribution to addressing healthcare inequity issues through primary health care research. In 2019, she joined the NHMRC CRE in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care (SPHERE). As a Research Fellow, with SPHERE, the aim of her current research program is to improve the prevention and management of unintended pregnancy, through primary care, for women from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

In support of her current research program, Dr Subasinghe was awarded a Jean Hailes for Women’s Health Postdoctoral Travel Fellowship, an Advancing Women's Research Success Grant, and a place in The Oxford International Primary Care Research Leadership programme (2020-2023).

Dr Subasinghe is CIB on a National Women’s Health Strategy funded project, EXTEND-PREFER, in which a culturally responsive contraceptive counselling video will be developed for 16 to 25-year-old women, from priority groups, across Australia. She is also a Chief Investigator and Project Manager for the MRFF-funded ORIENT Trial, in which a nurse-led model of contraception and early medical abortion care will be co-designed, implemented and evaluated in the setting of general practice for women in rural and regional Australia.

In addition to her academic commitments, in 2015, Dr Subasinghe co-founded a not-for-profit organisation, called Humanity Unearthed, to provide grassroots initiatives across the Asia Pacific with a voice and an audience.

External positions

Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute

20152019

Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal Women's Hospital

20152019

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