Maggie Kirkman


Accepting PhD Students

1984 …2020

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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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Research Output

Partners instead of patients: Women negotiating power and knowledge within medical encounters for endometriosis

Young, K., Fisher, J. & Kirkman, M., Feb 2020, In : Feminism and Psychology. 30, 1, p. 22-41 20 p.

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Pathologising diversity: medical websites offering female genital cosmetic surgery in Australia

Chibnall, K., McDonald, K. & Kirkman, M., 2 Jan 2020, In : Culture, Health and Sexuality. 22, 1, p. 64-80 17 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

“For myself and others like me”: women’s contributions to vulva-positive social media

Mowat, H., Dobson, A. S., McDonald, K., Fisher, J. & Kirkman, M., Jan 2020, In : Feminist Media Studies. 20, 1, p. 35-52 18 p.

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1 Citation (Scopus)

A Call for Evaluation of Restorative Justice Programs

Gang, D., Loff, B., Naylor, B. & Kirkman, M., 13 Mar 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. 5 p.

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2 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access

Press / Media

Women with endometriosis need support, not judgement

Kate Young, Jane Rosamond Woodward Fisher & Maggie Kirkman


1 Media contribution

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