Professor Jayne

Professor Jayne Lucke

Director, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society

College of Science, Health and Engineering

School of Psychology and Public Health

Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society


BA (Hons), PhD



Membership of professional associations

International Academy of Sex Research, International AIDS Society, Public Health Association of Australia, The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health, Association of Reproductive Health Professionals, Sexual Health Society of Victoria

Brief profile

Professor Jayne Lucke is Director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health & Society at La Trobe University and Honorary Professor at The University of Queensland's School of Public Health. Her background is in social and health psychology and her main area of research interest is women's sexual and reproductive health, particularly contraceptive use, patterns of fertility and sexual health. Before coming to La Trobe University in 2014 she was at The University of Queensland's Centre for Clinical Research where she led a research program examining the ethical and policy implications of pharmacological treatments of mental and behavioural disorders that may be used to enhance cognitive capacity. She has previously coordinated the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health and worked in the Office of Public Policy and Ethics at the Institute of Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. Her previous roles have included coordination of research for Blue Care, Queensland’s largest provider of community and aged care services, research administration at the University of Manchester and lecturing in psychology and research methods at the University of Huddersfield in the UK. She spent five years at the National Centre for HIV Social Research in Brisbane where she did her PhD examining sexual risk behaviour among young Australian women.

Recent publications

Coombe J, Harris M, Wigginton B, Lucke J & Loxton D (2016) Contraceptive use at the time of unintended pregnancy: Findings from the Contraceptive Use, Pregnancy Intention and Decisions study. Australian Family Physician, 45(11), 842-848.

Bariola E, Lucke J, Lyons A. (2016). Flourishing among sexual minority individuals: Application of the dual continuum Model of mental health in a sample of lesbians and gay men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, DOI: 10.1037/sgd0000210.

Shankar M, Black K, Goldstone P, Hussainy S, Mazza D, Petersen K, Lucke J & Taft A. Access, equity and costs of induced abortion services in Australia: a cross-sectional study. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health (accepted 10 October 2016).

Mazza D, Black K, Taft A, Lucke J, McGeechan K, Haas M, McKay H, Peipert J. Increasing the uptake of long-acting reversible contraception in general practice: The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject (ACCORd) cluster randomised controlled trial protocol. BMJ Open (accepted 9 September 2016).

Lucke JC. (2016). Enhancing shared decision making in contraceptive consultations. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, Published Online First: 20 September 2016. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101602

Steel A, Lucke J, Reid R, Adams J. A systematic review of women’s and health professional’s attitudes and experience of preconception care service delivery. Family Practice (accepted 23 August 2016).

Rowlands I, Teede H, Lucke J, Dobson A & Mishra G (2016). Young women’s psychological distress after a diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome or endometriosis. Human Reproduction, 31(9), 2072-2081. DOI: 10.1093/humrep/dew174.

Hajarizadeh B, Richmond J, Ngo N, Lucke J & Wallace J. (2016). Hepatitis B-Related concerns and anxieties among people with chronic hepatitis B in Australia. Hepat Mon. 16(6):e35566. Available online 21 May 2016; DOI: 10.5812/hepatmon.35566.

Power J, Lyons A, Brown G, Dowsett G & Lucke J (2016) Use of antiretroviral treatment among people living with HIV in Australia between 1997 and 2012, AIDS Care, 29(1), 61-66. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1198751

Meurk C, Morphett K, Weier M, Carter A, Lucke J & Hall W (2016) Scepticism and hope in a complex predicament: people with addictions deliberate about neuroscience. International Journal of Drug Policy, 32; 34-43.

Chojenta C, Lucke J, Forder P & Loxton D. (2016). Maternal health factors as risks for postnatal depression: A prospective longitudinal study. PLOS One, 11(1): 1-9. e0147246. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0147246

Wigginton B, Harris M, Loxton D, Lucke J (2016) A qualitative analysis of women’s explanations for changing contraception: the importance of non-contraceptive effects. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 42(4); 256-262. doii: 10.1136/jfprhc-2015-101184.

Meurk C, Fraser D, Weier M, Lucke J, Carter A, Hall W (2016) Assessing the place of neurobiological explanations in accounts of a family member’s addiction. Drug and Alcohol Review, 35: 461-469. DOI: 10.1111/dar.12318

Wigginton B, Moran C, Harris M, Loxton D, Lucke J (2015) Young women explain their contraceptive choices. Culture, Health & Sexuality, 18(7); 727-741.

Lucke J (2015) Better sex education for young people is a public health solution to the problem of advanced maternal age. American Journal of Bioethics, 15(11); 58-60. 1088989

Harris M, Loxton D, Wigginton B, Lucke J (2015) Recruiting online: lessons from a longitudinal survey of contraception and pregnancy intentions of young Australian women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(10):737-46. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv006.

Harris M, Loxton D, Wigginton B, Lucke J (2015) Harris et al. Respond to “Social Media Recruitment” American Journal of Epidemiology, 181(10):750-751. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv008

Steel A, Lucke J, Adams J (2015) The prevalence and nature of preconception services by women with chronic health conditions: An integrative review. BMC Women’s Health, 15(1), 14. DOI 10.1186/s12905-015-0165-6

Meurk C, Carter A, Partridge B, Lucke J & Hall W (2014) How is acceptance of the brain disease model of addiction related to Australians’ attitudes towards addicted individuals and treatments for addiction? BMC Psychiatry, 14(373). DOI:10.1186/s12888-014-0373-x.

Lee N, Hall W, Lucke J, Forlini C, Carter A (2014) Food addiction and its impact on weight-based stigma and the treatment of obese individuals in the US and Australia. Nutrients, 6(11), 5312-5326; doi:10.3390/nu6115312

Wigginton B, Harris, M, Herbert D, Loxton D, Lucke J. (2014) The feminisation of contraceptive use: Australian women’s accounts of accessing contraception. Feminism & Psychology 25(2): 178–198. DOI: 10.1177/0959353514562802

Harris M, Herbert D, Loxton D, Dobson A, Wigginton B, Lucke J. (2014). Recruiting young women for health surveys: traditional random sampling methods are not cost-effective. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health [Letter] 38(5). DOI: 10.1111/1753-6405.12281

Lucke, JC (2014). The prophylactic effects of intentional contraception. American Journal of Bioethics, 14: 38-39. DOI:10.1080/15265161.2014.918207.

Dixon S, Herbert D, Loxton D & Lucke J. (2014). ‘As many options as there are, there are just not enough for me’: Contraceptive use and barriers to access among Australian women. The European Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care, 19: 340-351.

Meurk C, Broom A, Adams J, Hall W & Lucke J. (2014). Factors influencing women’s decisions to drink alcohol during pregnancy: findings of a qualitative study with implications for health communication. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14:246  doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-246.

Meurk C, Lucke J & Hall W. (2014). A biosocial and ethical framework for understanding Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Neuroethics, 7(3), 337-344. DOI 10.1007/s12152-014-9207-2.

Partridge B, Lucke J & Hall W. (2014). Overdiagnosed and overtreated: Attitudes of the Australian public towards the acceptability of drug treatment of depression and ADHD. BMC Psychiatry. 14: 74. DOI: 10.1186/1471-244X-14-74

Partridge B, Lucke J & Hall W. (2014). “If you’re healthy you don’t need drugs”: public attitudes towards brain doping in the classroom and legalised doping in sport. Journal of Medical Ethics, 3(1), 20-25. doi:10.1016/j.peh.2014.03.001

Racine E, Martin Rubio T, Chandler J, Forlini C, Lucke J. (2014). The value and pitfalls of speculation about science and technology in bioethics: The case of cognitive enhancement. Medicine, Healthcare & Philosophy, 17: 325-337. DOI 10.1007/s11019-013-9539-4.

Lucke J & Herbert D. (2014). Higher uptake of LARC and permanent contraceptive methods by Australian women living in rural and remote areas. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 38: 112-116.

Research projects

The Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections Surveillance and Research Programme (Survey of Australian Secondary Students and Sexual Health, HIV Futures Study and What Works and Why), Health Surveillance Fund, Commonwealth Department of Health, 2016-2019.

From Understanding to Action: A social research program to provide an evidence base for the implementation of the National Blood Borne Viruses and Sexually Transmissible Infections strategy under the Health Surveillance Fund. Commonwealth Department of Health, 2013-2017.

ACCORd (The Australian Contraceptive ChOice pRoject) NHMRC Project Grant, 2015-2018.

Non-medical use of prescription stimulants by Australian university students: Attitudes, prevalence of, and motivations for use, ARC Discovery Project, 2013-2016.

Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Health in the 21st Century (CREWH21).

CUPID: A longitudinal study of patterns of contraception use and access to contraceptive information, advice and services for young Australian women, ARC Linkage Project 2010-2013.