JLC Annual Report published

We are pleased to announce the publication of our Annual Report, which shows our achievements during 2019.

Our highlights in 2019:

The Centre received a series of prestigious awards.

  • Two of these are for lifetime contributions: Angela Taft was recognised for her contributions to women’s health and Susan McDonald for her contributions to the midwifery profession.
  • Catherine Chamberlain and Amanda Cooklin were acknowledged for their emerging leadership roles: Catherine received the Lowitja Research Leadership Award and Amanda a La Trobe Tracey Banivanua Mar Research Fellowship.

Two of our large collaborative projects received awards for their impact on midwifery services:

  • Victorian Public Healthcare Award in the category Improving Aboriginal Health for the collaborative partnership project Woman’s Journey: Baggarrook Yurrongi, Nurragh Manma Buliana, led by Professors Helen McLachlan and Della Forster
  • the La Trobe Excellence in Health Research and Translation Award for the COSMOS study research team.

We saw six of our staff receive promotions.

We celebrated three PhD completions and one of these students, Heather Wallace, won a La Trobe’s Nancy Millis Award for her outstanding research on reproductive health decision-making in Timor-Leste.

We created the Centre’s first formal Strategic Plan for 2020–2024.

To find out more about our work, our publications, our staff and students in 2019, our Annual Report [PDF 10 MB] is now available for download.

Our Annual Report has a limited hard-copy print run and is primarily online. If you would like a hard-copy, please contact us at