Kelly is currently the Maternal and Child Health Program Manager at Burnet. In this role, she is part of the leadership team for this diverse program working closely with the MCH Program Director and MCH Deputy Director to oversee a portfolio of approximately 40 research and development projects across the Asia Pacific and Africa.
Kelly has a Masters in Public Health and a background in sexual and reproductive health. She has worked for development NGOs and the United Nations on a range of areas including reproductive, maternal, neonatal, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) as well as healthy ageing.
She is passionate about comprehensive sexual and reproductive health and rights, and committed to improving the lives of individuals in developing countries through access to quality information and healthcare.
Her experience includes leading teams in both developed and developing countries, managing clinical and outreach service provision, advising on operating and management procedures, preparing training, IEC materials and reports, monitoring and evaluating implementation, and overseeing quantitative and qualitative research activities.
Prior to joining Burnet in 2011, Kelly was based in Beijing China, providing technical and management oversight of the sexual and reproductive health components of UNFPA’s country program across 30 provinces.
Kelly has provided strategic, program management and business development support to large multi-donor funded country programs in the Philippines, Vietnam, Fiji and Sri Lanka, and provided shorter technical inputs into projects and training workshops in Thailand, Nepal, PNG, Timor, Tuvalu, Samoa, the Solomon Islands and other Pacific island nations.
Kelly represents Burnet as part of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights Consortium, the Asia Pacific Alliance for SRH (APA) and is a member of the Burnet Institute Gender Equity Committee.
She also lectures on sexual and reproductive health and rights, contraception and HIV prevention, early childhood health and nutrition including breastfeeding, disability inclusion, healthy ageing and other topics as necessary.
2009: Masters in Public Health, Monash University
Part of the Victorian Consortium for Public Health. Major areas of study: Health Economics & International Health
2002: Bachelor of Arts and Sciences, University of Melbourne
Major areas of study: Behavioural Neuroscience & German
- Deans Award for Academic Excellence (Melbourne University Science 1998)
- Accelerating ART initiation among Infants (AAMI Study)
This project will trial the POC VISITECT® CD4 test and POC LYNX HIV p24 early infant diagnostic test.
- Access to affordable and accurate HIV-1 VL testing
Laboratory evaluation of a novel filter paper-based method of plasma separation for viral load testing.
- ANCP Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies
The sustainability and expansion phase of the ANCP Healthy Mothers, Health Babies project.
- ANCP/LXML Maternal and Child Health Program
This project aimed to improve the nutrition and health of women and children in southern Laos.
- Better Vision and Healthy Ageing
The BVHA goal is improved health, vision and quality of life for elders in South and South-East Asia.
- Compass: Women's and Children's Health Knowledge Hub
To increase the effectiveness of aid for women’s and children’s health in Asia and the Pacific
- Improving vision and health of elders in Nuwara Eliya district, Sri Lanka:
An evaluation of the impact of community-based Elders’ Clubs on health, vision and well-being of elders
- Increasing demand and uptake of quality, facility-based services, Zimbabwe
Reducing maternal and neonatal deaths in Manicaland Province, Zimbabwe.
- MNCH support in Myanmar's Northern Shan State
This project involves Namhsam, Namtu and Manton townships.
- Pathways to post abortion care in Myanmar
Understanding women's perspectives on accessing post-abortion care at public hospitals.
- Promoting WASH-nutrition integration in Cambodia
A stakeholder consultation to identify barriers to the efforts to improve WASH and nutrition.
- The Last Taboo: Menstrual hygiene interventions in the Pacific
Research in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea to understand the challenges around menstruation.
- WHISPER and SHOUT - mHealth interventions among Kenyan sex workers
Mobile phone-based health promotions sent to sex workers in Mombasa.
- A qualitative exploration of menstruation-related restrictive practices in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
Mohamed Y, Durrant K, Huggett C, Davis J, Macintyre A, Menu S, Wilson JN, Ramosaea M, Sami M, Barrington DJ, McSkimming D, Natoli L
PLoS One. 2018 Dec; 13(12):e0208224
- Factors associated with social participation amongst elders in rural Sri Lanka: a cross-sectional mixed methods analysis.
Marsh C, Agius PA, Jayakody G, Shajehan R, Abeywickrema C, Durrant K, Luchters S, Holmes W
BMC Public Health. 2018 May; 18(1):636
- Impact of vision impairment and self-reported barriers to vision care: The views of elders in Nuwara Eliya district, Sri Lanka.
Holmes W, Shajehan R, Kitnasamy S, Abeywickrama C, Arsath Y, Gnanaraj F, Inbaraj S, Jayakody G, Durrant K, Luchters S
Glob Public Health. 2018 Feb; 13(5):642-655
- Translation, cultural adaptation and field-testing of the Thinking Healthy Program for Vietnam.
Fisher J, Nguyen H, Mannava P, Tran H, Dam T, Tran H, Tran T, Durrant K, Rahman A, Luchters S
Global Health. 2014 Mar; 10(1):37
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