Our People

Ann Brassil - Chief Executive Officer 

Ann Brassil is the Chief Executive Officer of Family Planning NSW.

Ann holds an honorary university position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a Director of the Family Planning Alliance Australia, a member of the NSW Health NGO Advisory Committee, and Director of the Asia Pacific Alliance for Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights. Prior to joining Family Planning NSW in 2006, Ann was the Director of BreastScreen NSW, the largest breast screening program in Australia, for 10 years.  Ann has high-level experience in population health and community- and hospital-based health service governance and management, in Australia and in the international development arena. She has broad experience in clinical services, education, research, advocacy and health service administration.

Ann’s publications cover the topics of population based mammograph screening and breast cancer incidence, termination of pregnancy and cervical screening.

Qualifications:  BSC (Psych) Hons; MA (Hons) Clin Psych; MBA; MAICD

Publications: A selection of Ann's publications can be found here.

Jane Estoesta - Director, Research Centre

Jane Estoesta is the Director of the Family Planning NSW Research Centre.  She is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the Research Centre and the coordination of organisational data reporting, monitoring, evaluation, data linkage and research projects and activities. Jane also oversees the functions of the FPNSW Ethics Committee, and is the National Data Manager for the Family Planning Alliance Australia.

Jane has held senior management positions in the NSW health sector since 1997. She was the BreastScreen NSW State Data and Evaluation Manager and managed the BreastScreen NSW State Data Registry from 2000 to 2006, and was an accredited Data Auditor for BreastScreen Australia and BreastScreen New Zealand from 2004 to 2006. Jane has extensive data management and evaluation experience across a wide range of health settings including tertiary teaching hospitals, population health programs and non-government health service organisations.

In 2012 Jane was awarded funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing under the Family Planning Grants scheme to manage and develop the first National Reproductive and Sexual Health in Australia report. She also managed the publication of the 2011 Reproductive and sexual health in New South Wales and Australia: differentials, trends, and assessment of data sources funded by the NSW Ministry of Health. In 2013 Jane was awarded further funding from the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing under the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Support Grants scheme to manage two FGM projects: Feasibility study for National FGM Data Collection and Scoping and Development of FGM Continuing Professional Development.

Jane’s publications cover the topics of breast screening, contraception, migrant and refugee sexual and reproductive health, termination of pregnancy and domestic violence.

Qualifications: Master in Medical Statistics; Master in Public Administration; Bachelor Science in Chemical Engineering

 

Publications: A selection of Jane's publications can be found here.

 

Deborah Bateson - Medical Director

Deborah Bateson is the Medical Director at Family Planning NSW with honorary university positions including a Clinical Associate Professorship in the Discipline of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Neonatology at The University of Sydney and Adjunct Professorships at the Centre for Social Research in Health at UNSW, Sydney and in the Faculty of Health, UTS, Sydney.

Deborah has worked as a clinician, researcher and educator in the field of reproductive and sexual health for over 20 years. She has published widely and frequently provides expert commentary to the media. She is a member of several committees and boards with a focus on reproductive and sexual health including the International Federation of Professional Abortion and Contraception Associates (FIAPAC) and the National Cervical Screening Program Quality and Safety Monitoring Committee. Deborah is also a past Chair of the Australasian Sexual Health Alliance (ASHA).

Deborah’s research interests include access to contraception and safe abortion, cervical screening as well as sexually transmissible infections (STIs), with a focus on chlamydia and pelvic inflammatory disease. 

Qualifications: Master of Arts (University of Oxford) Biochemistry;  Master of Science (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine); Human Nutrition; Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery (University of Hong Kong)

Publications: A selection of Deborah's publications can be found here.

Clare Boerma - Associate Medical Director

Clare Boerma is the Associate Medical Director at Family Planning NSW, as well as a General Practitioner. She was previously a conjoint associate lecturer at the school of Women’s and Children’s Health at UNSW.

Clare has become increasingly engaged in reproductive and sexual health over the years, spreading her time across medical education, research and as a clinician at Family Planning NSW. She enjoys collaborating with interdisciplinary teams and contributing to research to inform optimal medical care.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Medicine; Bachelor of Surgery; Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners; Diploma of Child Health

Publications: A selection of Clare's publications can be found here.

Jessica Botfield - Senior Research Officer

Jessica Botfield is a Senior Research Officer at Family Planning NSW, and Adjunct Lecturer at the Centre for Social Research in Health, UNSW Arts and Social Sciences.

Jessica's research focus is primarily qualitative, with particular interests in sexual and reproductive health and intersections of gender, sexuality and culture. She has experience working in academic, NGO and clinical settings, and undertakes collaborative and interdisciplinary research in Australia and the Pacific region.

Jessica's PhD was awarded in February 2019: Engaging young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds with sexual and reproductive health care. She is also a Registered Nurse, and has a Master of Public Health and Master of International Public Health. In 2018, Jessica won the ASHA Young Leader Award in recognition of her achievements and contributions to sexual health.

Qualifications: PhD; Master of Public Health; Master of International Public Health; Bachelor of Nursing

 

Publications: A selection of Jessica's publications can be found here.

 

Yan Cheng - Senior Research Officer

Yan (Wendy) Cheng is a Senior Research Officer at Family Planning NSW.

Yan completed her PhD in Epidemiology and Health Statistics in 2007 in Fudan University, China. Prior to starting her role at Family Planning NSW in 2015, Yan worked as a Research Associate and Associate Professor at the Department of Epidemiology and Social Science Research on Reproductive Health, Shanghai Institute of Planned Parenthood Research (SIPPR), WHO Collaborating Centre for Research in Human Reproduction from 2007 to 2015 and was nominated as a Master's Supervisor at School of Public Health, Fudan University in 2015. During that period, she received research grants from WHO/HRP, UNFPA, UNESCO and local governments for adolescent sexual and reproductive health research. Yan has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in the field of reproductive health.

Qualifications: PhD; Bachelor of Medicine

 

Publications: A selection of Yan's publications can be found here.

 

Claire Rogers - Senior Research Officer

Claire Rogers is a Senior Research Officer with the Family Planning NSW Research Centre and National Co-Convenor of the International Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia.

An international development and humanitarian aid professional, Claire holds a PhD in International Health and has over a decade's experience working and studying in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), gender, and global health. She has worked for non-government, international non-government, United Nations, and academic organisations, and has informed SRHR research, policy, and practice throughout her career. Claire specialises in qualitative SRHR research in low- and middle-income countries; humanitarian crisis and post-crisis settings; and within internally displaced populations, migrant and refugee contexts. Claire's areas of professional interest and expertise include safe abortion access and rights; contraception and family planning; sexual and gender-based violence; and gender and protection.

Qualifications: PhD (International Health), Master of International Health with Distinction, Bachelor of Science (Biomedical Science)

 

Publications: A selection of Claire's publications can be found here.

 

Sarah Wright - Research Officer/Ethics Executive Officer

Sarah Wright is a Research Officer at Family Planning NSW, and is the Ethics Executive Officer for the Family Planning NSW Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). She also teaches in the School of Psychology, Western Sydney University.

Her skills lay in cognitive and experimental psychology including experimental and survey design, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, and research ethics.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Science (Social Psychology & Social Research); Graduate Diploma of Psychological Studies; Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Psychology; PhD candidate

 

Publications: A selection of Sarah's publications can be found here.

 

Prudence Kidman - Research and Publications Officer

Prudence Kidman is the Research and Publication Officer at Family Planning NSW.

Since 2019, she has worked in the Research Centre at Family Planning NSW. Her skills lay in qualitative research and the coordiantion of population health and clinical trial research studies. Prudence also manages/coordinates the development and update of FPNSW Reproductive and Sexual Health - An Australian Clinical Handbook.

Her publications cover the topic of contraception.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Philosophy/Master of Research; Bachelor of Arts

Publications: A selection of Prue's publications can be found here.

Lorraine Edney - Research Nurse

Lorraine Edney is a registered nurse who has worked in the area of reproductive and sexual health care for many years. She joined Family Planning NSW in 1988 and has roles in clinical care, education and clinical research.

Lorraine has worked as a Research Nurse for the last 15 years, including on contraception clinical trials including contraceptive vaginal ring development and management of problem bleeding on contraceptive implants. Her particular interests are in working with investigators to achieve effective and timely study recruitment. 

Qualifications: Bachelor of Nursing; Certified Midwife

Kevin McGeechan - Consultant Statistician

Kevin McGeechan is a consultant statistician for Family Planning NSW.  He is a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney.

Kevin has worked in a variety of private sector and government positions, including five years analysing general practice data with the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) study and then with the General Practice Research Network (GPRN). He is a Chief Investigator on the Third Australian Study of Health and Relationships (ASHR3): a nationally representative sexual health survey, and SPHERE – The Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women: Achieving Better Outcomes through Primary Care. He joined Family Planning NSW as a consultant statistician in 2011.

Publications list: www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/about/our-people/academic-staff/kevin-mcgeechan.html

Qualifications: PhD; Master in Biostatistics; Graduate Certificate in Pharmaeconomics; Graduate Diploma in Public Health; BSC (Hons)

Sally Sweeney - Research Medical Officer

Sally Sweeney is a general practitioner with expertise in sexual and reproductive medicine and over 15 years clinical experience. Sally joined Family Planning NSW in 2008 and has been the Medical Coordinator at FPNSW Hunter Clinic since 2016. She is a Clinical Instructor across all FPNSW education courses, and joined the FPNSW Research Centre in 2019. Sally is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Newcastle, and works in private practice at Elermore Vale General Practice in Newcastle. She has been a past clinical examiner for the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Sally has clinical expertise in the areas of STI management, LARC, Shared Antenatal Care, medical termination of pregnancy and diagnosis and management of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. She is early in her research career and is currently a Site Investigator for a pilot study to identify microbial and immune biomarkers for improved diagnoses of pelvic inflammatory disease. Sally has presented this research at national and international conferences. Her current research interests include cervical screening, and partner treatment in BV to reduce recurrences. Sally is passionate about using quality evidence to inform clinical practice.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Medical Science); Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery; Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 

Publications: A selection of Sally's publications can be found here.         

Catherine Bernasconi - Data Officer

Catherine Bernasconi is a Data Officer at the Family Planning NSW Research Centre. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Sydney. Her previous roles have included technical and research roles within the University of New South Wales, School of Medical Sciences, and as education consultant for Cotton Australia. She has co-authored several publications in the area of fetal cardiovascular and renal development.

At Family Planning NSW, Catherine is responsible for the provision of data and the management of data systems in the areas of health promotion, education and clinical services, contributing to regular and specialist reports as well as organisational planning.

Qualifications:  Bachelor of Science in Agriculture; Certificate in Information Technology

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