Liz Comrie-Thomson

Women's and Children's Health Specialist


Liz Comrie-Thomson is a trained social science researcher with expertise in qualitative and quantitative gender analysis for health in low- and middle-income countries. Her research and programming work includes a particular focus on engaging men and boys, and women and girls, together to address unequal gender relations that underpin poor health outcomes. She applies a gender-transformative family systems approach to support increased uptake of essential health services, as well as improved maternal-child nutrition, maternal and paternal mental health, and child development outcomes. In addition to her extensive work focused on gender relations and masculinity, her portfolio of work includes developing and rigorously testing interventions to support particularly vulnerable groups of women and girls navigate multiple gendered vulnerabilities in order to attain improved health.

Liz has provided consulting services directly to national governments, UN agencies and NGOs in Asia, the Pacific and sub-Saharan Africa to inform policy development and implementation. She is an active member of gender equality networks within the international NGO community in Australia, and through these networks provides advice to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on ensuring Australian aid investments support improved gender outcomes. Liz is also an active member of the Burnet Institute’s Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, responsible for developing and overseeing strategies to improve gender equality among her co-workers. She has worked at the Burnet Institute since 2013.


  • Women’s and Children’s Health Specialist, Burnet Institute
  • Adjunct Lecturer, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University


  • 2012: MPH, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • 2009: PhB, Australian National University, Australia

Projects (17)

Current (7)

  • Accelerating healthy agriculture and nutrition

  • Evaluating the WHO Labour Care Guide in clinical settings

  • Gender Counts

  • Living guidelines in maternal and perinatal health

  • Stakeholder experiences of father engagement interventions in low- and middle-income countries

  • The Mbereko + Men Model: Rural Zimbabwe

  • Transformative Agenda for Women, Adolescents and Youth in the Pacific: Family Life Education

Publications (20)

2022 (1)

2021 (8)

2020 (2)

2019 (1)

2018 (2)

2017 (1)

2015 (3)

2014 (2)

News Articles (5)

2020 (2)

2019 (1)

2018 (1)

2017 (1)