July 4, 2022

Eleanor Johnson selected for MacHSR Future Leaders Fellowship program

Eleanor Johnson – Research Midwife, Northern Health, and Lactation Consultant, Western Health, is one of nine clinicians who will be joining the MacHSR Future Leaders Fellowship program in its inaugural year, for her work on the research project ‘partnering with consumers to co-design comprehensive abortion care in Melbourne’s North’.

The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) is one of 10 Translational Centres of Excellence designated by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) across Australia.

MACH is a joint venture between 19 full partners, including 10 Victorian healthcare providers, eight independent medical research institutes and the University of Melbourne, with La Trobe University as an affiliate member. Across this partnership, around $7 billion is invested each year in health care, research and education.

This has been a busy year for Eleanor.

She was recognised earlier this year by Northern Health with the Rising Star in Research Award at Research Week 2022, for her work in Women’s and Children’s Research.

This was on top of the team at the Northern Health Family Planning Clinic receiving the University of Melbourne Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Innovation Grant and a further $50,000 research grant from The Victorian Nursing and Midwifery Trust. The second is a highly sought-after grant awarded to health services to undertake research that aims to advance nursing and midwifery practice and improve patient outcomes.

The multidisciplinary research team consists of Kate Chaouki, Family Planning Clinic Coordinator and Midwife, Eleanor as Research Midwife, with support from Associate Professor Cathy Vaughan, Head of Gender and Women’s Health Unit in the Centre for Health Equity at Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Associate Professor Lisa Hui, Women’s and Children’s Research Lead and MFM Specialist and Dr Jeanie Henderson, Gynaecologist and Family Planning Clinic Medical Lead.

“This is an amazing achievement – and huge congratulations. So well deserved,” said Associate Professor Lisa Hui.

Professor Peter Brooks AM, Research Lead at Northern Health, described this as a fantastic award that would provide great training for Eleanor.

Chief Medical Officer, Associate Professor Wanda Stelmach, in conveying the best wishes of Chief Executive, Siva Sivarajah and the Board, said, “The Rising Star at Northern Health Research Week continues to show why she is a deserving recipient of this award!”