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Dr Gabriela Fernando is an Assistant Professor of Public Health and part of the foundational academic team at Monash University, Indonesia. 

Prior to joining Monash University, Dr Gabriela served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Gender & Health Hub at the United Nations University International Institute for Global Health. She also served as a sessional academic for the School of Public Health and the School of Political Science at the University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia. 

Dr Gabriela holds a PhD in Global Health from the University of Queensland (UQ), which focused on the intersections of microfinance programs, public health outcomes, and gender perspectives for women in Sri Lanka. She completed her Master of International Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science (Hons. in Anatomy), also from UQ.

Monash teaching commitment

PHI5207 - Chronic Diseases: Epidemiology and Prevention 

PHI5288 - Public Health Fundamentals 

PHI5215 - Qualitative Research Methods 

BTI5111 - Technology: Risk and Regulation in the Digital Age 



University Service

Member, Monash University, Indonesia Research Committee 
Member, Sexual Assault & Sexual Harassment (SASH) Taskforce, Monash University, Indonesia 
Member, Climate Change Champion, Impact 2030, Monash University 
Member, COP28 Taskforce, Monash University 
Member, Anti-racism working group, Monash University 

Research interests

As a global health researcher, my research interest areas include Non-Communicable Diseases, social determinants of health, health equity, gender inclusion, climate change and its impact on health, women's health, gender equality, and engaging with multi-sectoral stakeholders. I have a specific focus on low- and middle-income countries, and the Global South. 

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 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Global Health, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Exploring Microfinance Initiatives and Women in Sri Lanka: Linking Health and Development, University of Queensland

Award Date: 1 Dec 2020

International Public Health , Master of International Public Health, University of Queensland

Award Date: 31 Jul 2015

Anatomy , Honours , University of Queensland

Award Date: 1 Dec 2013

Biomedical Science (Anatomy & Physiology), Bachelor of Science , University of Queensland

Award Date: 1 Dec 2012

Research area keywords

  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Women's health
  • Gender equality
  • Microfinance(Microcredit)
  • Social determinants of health
  • Global health
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Health promotion
  • Gender and Financial inclusion

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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