About us

The Judith Lumley Centre is a multidisciplinary health research centre. It is part of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. Our research addresses major public health issues for women, children and families. We aim to conduct outstanding interdisciplinary applied research to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and families.

We lead research in the following eight areas:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family health
  • breastfeeding
  • child, family and community health
  • mother and infant health and maternity services
  • reproductive health and planned parenthood
  • preventing and reducing violence against women and children
  • transition to contemporary parenthood - preparation and support
  • work and family

Our mission, vision and values


To conduct outstanding interdisciplinary applied research to improve the health and wellbeing of women, children and families.


To be a global leader recognised for addressing issues of major public health importance for women, children and families.
Our research graduates will be the future leaders in health research, teaching, policy and practice.


  • equitable: We are inclusive, diverse and committed to social justice.
  • respectful: in the way we work collaboratively with our community, stakeholders, staff and students
  • innovative: We are progressive, flexible and creative in all that we do.
  • courageous: We are willing to tackle the difficult issues.

Our history

The Centre was established in 1991 by Professor Judith Lumley.

Judith was a leading clinician, academic and public health researcher. Her areas of expertise were perinatal epidemiology and maternity services. She emphasised rigorous research methods and methodologies, and a collaborative and inclusive approach. She was an inspiration and mentor to many researchers, some of whom continue to work at the Centre. Her legacy continues to inform how the Centre operates today.

Judith Lumley Scholarship: In recognition of Judith's contributions, the College of Science, Health and Engineering established a scholarship in her name. The current scholarship holder is Charlie Smithson. In her PhD research she is exploring the prevalence and experiences of women with disabilities that use maternity services at a Victorian hospital.


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Annual Reports

Strategic Plan


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