Catriona Bradshaw

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

1987 …2020
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Associate Professor Catriona Bradshaw [MMBS(Hons), FAChSHM, PhD] is a senior sexual health consultant and head of the Genital Microbiota and Mycoplasma Group at Melbourne Sexual Health Centre (Alfred Hospital) and an Associate Professor at the Central Clinical School, Monash University. She holds an honorary appointment as Associate Professor at the School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne. Catriona graduated from Monash University (MBBS, Hons) in 1992, became a fellow of the Chapter of Sexual Health Medicine, Royal Australian College of Physicians in 2003 and completed a PhD at the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne in 2006. She undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, from 2007-2010. As a sexual health physician she has a focus on translational research to improve treatment & control of sexually transmitted infections, particularly Mycoplasma genitalium (MG), an STI which has developed resistance to available therapies and bacterial vaginosis a common infection associated with premature delivery and high recurrence. MG, recognised as an STI superbug, is associated with serious sequelae in women and incurable infections are increasingly encountered. Her MG programme has been responsible for key advances that have provided new drug options and resistance-guided strategies which have been adopted internationally. Her current programme addresses urgent priorities to achieve and maintain high level cure and optimal antimicrobial stewardship. Her programme of research on bacterial vaginosis is focused on interventions to improve long term cure of bacterial vaginosis and maintenance of a healthy vaginal microbiota to optimise reproductive health. Her group is currently undertaking an NHMRC funded multicentre male partner treatment trial for women with bacterial vaginosis and if effective this strategy will have a global impact providing opportunities for the 1st time for long-term control and prevention of BV and sequelae such as preterm birth. Catriona has a strong track record that translates into changes in policy and practice with >200 publications, an h-index of 41, i-10 index of 113 and 6248 citations. Catriona's was a recipient of the L'Oreal Australia Women in Science Fellowship in 2007, the Sexual Health Medicine Award for a fellow of less than 10 years standing in 2009 and the Sexual Health Medicine Award for an outstanding contribution to research in Sexual Health Medicine in 2013. She is on the editorial boards of BMC Infectious Diseases, Sexually Transmitted Infections and F1000, and has been a member of working groups for the development of national and international STI treatment guidelines, including those for the Centre of Disease Control, USA.

Community service

Catriona’s research has featured in the media including: The Age, The Australian, ABC AM, ABC news (online), SBS News (TV) and Channel 7 News (TV), The Conversation, The Herald Sun, Reuters, The Weekly Review Magazine, and Fairfax journal “The Juice Daily”. She has recorded an interview on the ABC HealthReport (July 2018), and has been interviewed by Science journalists for the ABC, Australian Doctor, Medical Republic, Medical Observer and online forums such as Mamamia and Buzzfeed. Her research has featured on a number of community radio stations including JoyFM. She has been invited to present at forums to promote science for young women and women in science in the corporate sector.

Education/Academic qualification

Sexual Health Medicine, PhD

Medicine and Surgery, MBBS (Hons)

External positions

Consultant Physician , Melbourne Sexual Health Centre


  • sexually transmitted infections
  • bacterial vaginosis
  • mycoplasma genitalium
  • HIV infection

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Projects 2017 2020

Research Output 1987 2018

Access to sexual health services after the rapid roll out of the launch of pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV in Melbourne, Australia: A retrospective cross-sectional analysis

Needleman, R., Chow, E. P. F., Towns, J. M., Cornelisse, V. J., Yang, T., Chen, M., Bradshaw, C. S., Fortune, R. & Fairley, C. K., 1 Jan 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Sexual Health. 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Associations between Anorectal Chlamydia and Oroanal Sex or Saliva Use as a Lubricant for Anal Sex: A Cross-sectional Survey

Cornelisse, V. J., Fairley, C. K., Read, T. R. H., Lee, D., Walker, S., Hocking, J. S., Chen, M. Y., Bradshaw, C. S. & Chow, E. P. F., 1 Aug 2018, In : Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 45, 8, p. 506-510 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Clinical Characteristics of Anorectal Mycoplasma genitalium Infection and Microbial Cure in Men Who Have Sex with Men

Ong, J. J. S., Aung, E., Read, T. R., Fairley, C. K., Garland, S. M., Murray, G. L., Chen, M. Y., Chow, E. P. F. & Bradshaw, C. S., 1 Aug 2018, In : Sexually Transmitted Diseases. 45, 8, p. 522-526 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Combined oral and topical antimicrobial therapy for male partners of women with bacterial vaginosis: Acceptability, tolerability and impact on the genital microbiota of couples - A pilot study

Plummer, E. L., Vodstrcil, L. A., Danielewski, J. A., Murray, G. L., Fairley, C. K., Garland, S. M., Hocking, J. S., Tabrizi, S. N. & Bradshaw, C. S., 1 Jan 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 1, e0190199.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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Open Access

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