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Dr Maggie Kirkman is a Senior Research Fellow at The Jean Hailes Research Unit, 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 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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Projects 2011 2019

Research Output 1984 2019

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Establishing the acceptability of a brief patient reported outcome measure and feasibility of implementing it in a breast device registry – a qualitative study

Ng, N., Kirkman, M., Fisher, J., Pusic, A., Parker, E., Cooter, R., Elder, E., Moore, C., McNeil, J. & Hopper, I., 24 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes. 3, 1, 8 p., 63.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Many young women find pleasure in sexually explicit material but it still reinforces gender inequality.

Ashton, S. E. & Kirkman, M., 10 May 2019, 4 p. The Conversation.

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Mental health trajectories among women in Australia as they age

Tran, T., Hammarberg, K., Ryan, J., Lowthian, J., Freak-Poli, R., Owen, A., Kirkman, M., Curtis, A., Rowe, H., Brown, H., Ward, S., Britt, C. & Fisher, J., 2019, In : Aging and Mental Health. 23, 7, p. 887-896 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

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

Young, K., Fisher, J. & Kirkman, M., 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Feminism and Psychology. 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Press / Media

Women with endometriosis need support, not judgement

Kate Young, Jane Rosamond Woodward Fisher & Maggie Kirkman


1 Media contribution

Press/Media: Article/Feature