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Professor Danielle Mazza holds the Chair of General Practice at Monash University and is a nationally and internationally recognised leader in women’s health, implementation research and knowledge translation in the general practice setting. Over the course of her career Professor Mazza has advanced general practice through her significant, sustained and ongoing contributions as a researcher and educator in the field of women’s sexual and reproductive health, as a proponent of evidence-based quality improvement and through her leadership of and contribution to the development and implementation of key general practice guidelines used nationwide. 

Professor Mazza is ranked among the top general practice academics in the country, with an impressive track record in competitive research. Over the course of her career, she has acquired more than $37 million in competitive funding ($16 million as CIA). Of this, $28 million was awarded in the last 5 years ($20 million from Category One funding, including NHMRC 3 x project grants, 2 x MRFF grants, 3 x partnership projects, 1 x Dementia Research Team Grant, and 3 x CREs). Additionally, Professor Mazza has published over 240 peer-reviewed publications, (81 as first-author), 101 of which were published in the last 5 years.

As a leading clinician researcher, advocate and educator on women’s health care, Professor Mazza has an unflagging commitment to improving the quality of sexual and reproductive health care provided to women by GPs. Her vision is one where Australia’s 5.5 million women of reproductive age receive high quality, accessible, and evidence-based sexual and reproductive health care in general practice. This is the core focus of her academic endeavour and of SPHERE, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in women’s sexual and reproductive health in primary care funding, which she was awarded in 2018. Her work and that of SPHERE, is centred on preconception care, contraception, and abortion. These are critical and interconnected issues in women’s lives that require a comprehensive approach in general practice and the adoption and integration of advances such as long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs) and medical abortion (MTOP), which despite their availability have not yet been widely taken up by Australia’s 35,000 GPs. 

Professor Mazza's contributions have improved the day-to-day clinical practice of general practitioners nationally and internationally. She is one of the few Australian academic GPs to have sole-authored a textbook in a clinical area of general practice. “Women’s Health in General Practice”, first published in 2004 and revised then republished in 2011, is a recommended text for GP registrars, cited in the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) women’s health core curriculum, and used in exam setting for the FRACGP and Australian Medical Council.

Over the past 20 years, Professor Mazza has received a number of prestigious national and international awards. Most recently in 2021 she was awarded the RANZCOG Honours and Awards - Excellence in Women’s Health Award, an honour which recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution and ongoing commitment to women’s health. She also received a prize from Cancer Prevention Research (CAPR) CAPR Must-Read 2021 Collection, co-authorising an article selected by the American Association for Cancer Research as part of a must-read 2021 collection of articles called “Breast cancer chemoprevention: Use and views of Australian women and their clinicians”. 

In 2020 she was awarded a Bridges-Webb medal from the Australian Association of Academic Primary Care, in recognition of her outstanding and continuing career in academic primary care and she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll of Women as a change agent recognising her contribution for driving global change and impact in primary care and women’s health in the same year. 

Professor Mazza received a Churchill Fellowship award in 2019 to focus on reducing inequities in access to medical abortion through better integration into primary care. She has also held an impressive number of positions that reflect her leadership and prominence in her field and long-held commitment to advocacy for better women’s health and improved health outcomes for Australian women. These appointments, testament to her highly respected position amongst her peers, span local, state, and national levels across professional organisations such as the Public Health Association of Australia and the RACGP, government and non-government organisations such as Cancer Australia and major programmatic and policy initiatives such as the MBS Review and National Cervical Cancer Screening Program Renewal. She continues to inform policy and practice through the provision of expert advice as chair or member on many such committees.

Professor Mazza is active, dedicated, and highly likely to make significant further contributions through her research, research-informed teaching, clinical work as a general practitioner, and wider service. She continues to work clinically in the Bayside area of Melbourne, is a current board member of the South East Melbourne Primary Health Network and was previously on the board of the Bayside Medicare Local, Central Bayside Division of General Practice and the Victorian Metropolitan Alliance (a regional general practice training provider). In addition, after serving for 11 years on the RACGP’s Expert Committee on Quality Care, she now serves on the RACGP’s Expert Committee on Research.

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):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Conjoint Professor, University of Newcastle

2016 → …

Board Director, South Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network Ltd (trading as South East Melbourne PHN)

2006 → …

General Practitioner , Brighton Medical Clinic

2004 → …

Research area keywords

  • Primary Health Care
  • General Practice
  • Knowledge Translation
  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Abortion and Reproductive Health Rights
  • Contraception
  • Women's Health
  • Cancer
  • Mental Health


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