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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 30 peer-reviewed articles, including 15 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.
Dr Subasinghe is CIA 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 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).
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.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Research Officer, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
2015 → 2019
Postdoctoral Researcher, Royal Women's Hospital
2015 → 2019
Research area keywords
- sexual and reproductive health
- Women's health
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The ORIENT study: imprOving Rural and regIonal accEss to long acting reversible contraceptioN and medical abortion through nurse-led models of care, Tasksharing and telehealth
1/11/20 → 31/10/25
Prioritising clinical services in general practice during the COVID-19 pandemic: an evaluation of the British Medical Association’s guidance for the Australian context
1/08/20 → 1/04/23
EXTEND PREFER: Improving contraceptive health literacy and increasing LARC knowledge, preference, and uptake among women from rural and remote areas, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds and socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds
1/02/20 → 31/12/22
1/06/19 → 31/05/20
Long-acting reversible contraception use after medical abortion is associated with reduced likelihood of a second medical abortionGrzeskowiak, L. E., Rumbold, A. R., Subasinghe, A., Mazza, D., Black, K. I., Calabretto, H. & Ilomäki, J., 24 Mar 2022, (Accepted/In press) In: The Medical Journal of Australia. 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Letter › Other › peer-review
Acceptability of immediate postpartum and post-abortion long-acting reversible contraception provision to adolescents: A systematic reviewBuckingham, P., Moulton, J. E., Subasinghe, A. K., Amos, N. & Mazza, D., Apr 2021, In: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica. 100, 4, p. 629-640 12 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Review Article › Research › peer-review
Changes in women’s health service seeking behaviours and the impact of telehealth during COVID-19: Insights from the 1800MyOptions serviceSubasinghe, A. K., Mogharbel, C., Hill, D. & Mazza, D., Oct 2021, In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. 61, 5, p. E26-E27 2 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Letter › Other › peer-reviewOpen Access
Current contraceptive use in women with a history of unintended pregnancies: Insights from the Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd) trialSubasinghe, A. K., Watson, C. J., Black, K. I., Taft, A., Lucke, J., McGeechan, K., Haas, M., McNamee, K., Peipert, J. F. & Mazza, D., Jun 2021, In: Australian Journal of General Practice. 50, 6, p. 422-425 4 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-review
Subasinghe, A., McGeechan, K., Moulton, J., Grzeskowiak, L. E. & Mazza, D., Oct 2021, In: The Medical Journal of Australia. 215, 8, p. 366-370 5 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › Research › peer-reviewOpen Access