1984 …2021

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Dr Maggie Kirkman is a Senior Research Fellow at Global and Women's Health, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society.

Maggie's research has predominantly concerned psychosocial aspects of reproduction, including infertility, donor-assisted conception, teenage pregnancy, elective abortion, and breast cancer during the reproductive years, as well as the socially-situated, gendered body. She is especially interested in applying qualitative methodology.

Maggie's early career included teaching hearing-impaired children and children with various other severe and profound disabilities; these experiences have informed her research.

Research students supervised by Maggie have published on topics such as young women and pornography, female genital cosmetic surgery, young people using telemedicine for sexual health, HIV-positive women and motherhood, representations of pregnant women in Australian women's magazines, being an XY female, and discourses of caesarean sections in medicine, midwifery and feminism.


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