Professor Jane Fisher BSc (Hons), PhD, MAPS
Jane Fisher is Professor of Women’s Health and the Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She has practised as a Clinical and Health psychologist for more than thirty years, including as Consultant Clinical Psychologist to Masada Private Hospital’s Mother Baby Unit since 1996.
Jane has longstanding interests in the links between women’s reproductive health, mental health and social circumstances as they interact and influence each other across the life course. Her research focuses on increasing knowledge about these relationships from early childhood through adolescence to mid-life, in particular related to fertility, conception, pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. Jane believes that strategies to enable women to understand and manage their anxieties are fundamental to experiencing good mental health.
Dr Mandy Deeks BEd, Grad Dip Psych, MIAMA, MAICD, PhD, MAPS
Mandy is a Counselling & Consultant Psychologist. Mandy specialises in translation, education and communication (turning complex medical and health information into user friendly practical tools).
Mandy has an extensive background in research, education and clinical care in women’s health. She has nearly 20 years experience as a psychologist across the life stages of women with a particular interest in menopause, premature menopause, body image and the impact of illness on emotional and mental health. She is Deputy Chair of The Royal Women’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, Past Deputy Chair of the Melbourne IVF Human Research Ethics Committee and past Board Director of Family Planning Victoria. Mandy is also accredited in mediation and is a widely published author and media commentator.