Catriona Bradshaw

Assoc Professor

Accepting PhD Students

1987 …2024
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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 completed a PhD at the School of Population Health, University of Melbourne in 2006 and undertook a post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, from 2007-2010.

As a clinical researcher Catriona focuses 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 >210 publications and industry and international collaborations. Her research and collaborations are currently supported by grants from the NHMRC, Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund, Australian Department of Health, Australian Centre for HIV & Hepatitis Virology Research, The Alfred Trust, Monash University and industry.  Catriona 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 national and international guideline and policy groups for STI treatment and control.  

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

Research area keywords

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

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Projects 2017 2024

Research Output 1987 2020

1 Citation (Scopus)

Gardnerella vaginalis Clade Distribution Is Associated With Behavioral Practices and Nugent Score in Women Who Have Sex With Women

Plummer, E. L., Vodstrcil, L. A., Murray, G. L., Fairley, C. K., Danielewski, J. A., Garland, S. M., Chow, E. P. F., Bulach, D. M., Fethers, K. A., Hocking, J. S. & Bradshaw, C. S., 14 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Infectious Diseases. 221, 3, p. 454-463 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
1 Citation (Scopus)

Anal human papillomavirus infections in young unvaccinated men who have sex with men attending a sexual health clinic for HPV vaccination in Melbourne, Australia

Chow, E. P. F., Danielewski, J. A., Murray, G. L., Fehler, G., Chen, M. Y., Bradshaw, C. S., Garland, S. M. & Fairley, C. K., 8 Oct 2019, In : Vaccine. 37, 43, p. 6271-6275 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Analysis of infection loads in Mycoplasma genitalium clinical specimens by use of a commercial diagnostic test

Murray, G. L., Danielewski, J., Bodiyabadu, K., Machalek, D. A., Bradshaw, C. S., Costa, A. M., Birnie, J. & Garland, S. M., Sep 2019, In : Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 57, 9, 6 p., e00344-19.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

A national study of the clinical management of HIV-positive women in Australia:What are the successes and where are the gaps?

Giles, M. L., Macphail, A., Bell, C., Bradshaw, C. S., Furner, V., Gunathilake, M., John, M., Krishnaswamy, S., Martin, S. J., Ooi, C., Owen, L., Russell, D., Street, A. & Post, J. J., 1 Jan 2019, In : Sexual Health. 16, 3, p. 282-288 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media