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.

Clare Boerma - Associate Medical Director

Clare Boerma is the Medical Director at Family Planning NSW, and a General Practitioner. She was previously Associate Medical Director from 2018 to 2022, and 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.

Sally Sweeney - Medical Officer - Research

Sally Sweeney is a general practitioner with expertise in sexual and reproductive medicine and over 18 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 Family Planning NSW education courses and joined the Family Planning NSW Research Centre in 2019. Sally is also a Conjoint Senior Lecturer with the School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Newcastle, is an affiliate of Monash University School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine and works in private practice at Elermore Vale General Practice in Newcastle.

Sally has clinical expertise in the areas of Sexually Transmissible Infection (STI) management, Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC), Shared Antenatal Care, medical termination of pregnancy and diagnosis and management of Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Current active research interests include cervical screening, fertility knowledge in young people, very early medical abortion and Pelvic Inflammatory Disease. Sally is a Chief Investigator on a NHMRC Targeted Cancer Screening research project to support increased participation of people with intellectual disability in the National Cervical Screening Program (NCSP). 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.

Kevin McGeechan - Consultant Statistician

Associate Professor Kevin McGeechan is a consultant statistician for Family Planning NSW.

Kevin has worked in a variety of private sector and government positions, including as a Senior Lecturer in Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney, and 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 joined Family Planning NSW as a consultant statistician in 2011.

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

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

Jessica Botfield - Senior Research Officer

Jessica Botfield is a Senior Research Officer at Family Planning NSW, and a Research Fellow at the SPHERE National Health Medical and Research Council (NHMRC) Centre of Research Excellence in Sexual Health and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care. She is also a Registered Nurse.

Jessica is a qualitative and mixed method researcher with experience working in academic, NGO and clinical settings. Her research interests focus primarily on sexual and reproductive health and rights (relating particularly to postpartum contraception, unintended pregnancy and abortion), nurse- and midwifery-led models of care, and health service research and evaluation.

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), World Health Organization (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, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNESCO and local governments for adolescent sexual and reproductive health research. Yan has over 60 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 lie 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.

Kaniz Fatema - Senior Research Officer

Kaniz Fatema is a Senior Research Officer at Family Planning NSW.

Kaniz completed her PhD in Public Health in 2016 at University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. Before starting her role at Family Planning NSW in 2022, she worked as a Research Fellow at CHETRE (UNSW), and as casual faculty at UNSW, Australian Catholic University (ACU) and University of Technology, Sydney (UTS).

From 1999 to 2011, Kaniz worked as Associate Professor (CC) at Bangladesh University of Health Sciences (BUHS) and Senior Research Fellow at BIRDEM – a WHO collaborative centre for research. During this time, she was also a contributing member of the national course curriculum board in Bangladesh for Public Health. She is one of the pioneers in establishing the glycaemic index (GI) based food composition table in Bangladesh and initiated first ‘cohort study’-based evidence in cardiovascular diseases (CVD) in Bangladesh.

From 2008 to 2011, she was nominated as a Masters and MPhil supervisor at the Department of Epidemiology, BUHS. Being a researcher, educator and clinical dietician - individually and as a contributing investigator, Kaniz received research grants from WHO, World Diabetes Foundation (WDF), ORBIS International and local governments for nutrition and non-communicable diseases. She has over 40 peer-reviewed publications in the field of public health.

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

Gianna Robbers - Research and Publication Officer

Gianna Robbers is a Research and Publication Officer with the Family Planning NSW Research Centre.

She has experience with research in public health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, refugee and migrant health, gender-based violence (GBV) and reproductive cancer prevention. Her skills lie in qualitative and quantitative data analysis, health system analysis and project evaluation. She has a particular interest in bridging the gap between global health, international development and evidence-based research to progress and advance the sustainable development goals in a meaningful way.

She has published research articles about evidence-based GBV prevention measures for female and child refugees, cervical cancer screening in Indonesia and maternal and child health issues across Africa, South America, Pacific and Southeast Asia.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Applied Sciences (RMIT University); Master of Public Health (University of Melbourne)

Publications: A selection of Gianna'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

Natalie Cousins – Research Nurse

Natalie is a Registered Nurse who has worked in reproductive and sexual health care for the past 10 years. She joined Family Planning NSW in 2013 and has roles in clinical care, clinical research, telephone referral and information service, and has experience in the role of Acting Continuous Quality Assurance Nurse.

Natalie has worked as a Research Nurse for the past 12 months, including the Efficacy of Very Early Medical Abortion (VEMA) – a randomised controlled non-inferiority trial, views and experiences of young migrant and refugee women regarding the contraceptive implant and follow up of the Compass study. Her interests are in supporting decision making around pregnancy choices and contraception choices.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Nursing

Kelly Land - Research Nurse

Kelly Land is a registered nurse and midwife with the Family Planning NSW Research Centre. Kelly also works in Family Planning NSW clinics and in clinical education.

Kelly has over 15 years of clinical experience. Her skills lie in providing woman-centred care and clinical instruction. She has a particular interest in very early medical abortion and long acting reversible contraception.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Nursing; Masters of International Public Health; Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

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