DR Louise A. KEOGH


  • Sociology of health and illness, Health decision-making, perceptions of risk, health technologies (Genetic testing, contraception and abortion, mammography, communication between the expert and lay person, research translation)



  • Dr Louise Keogh is a health sociologist, but began her academic life in the Chemistry Department at the University of Western Australia. After graduating and working as a research chemist with a mining company, Louise retrained in sociology by completing a Masters degree in the Sociology department at Monash University. She then pursued social research in health at the Centre for the Study of STDs at La Trobe University and completed her PhD on emergency contraception in the School of Public Health, La Trobe in 2003. In 2009, Louise took up a continuing position as Lecturer (Women’s Health) at the Key Centre for Women's Health in Society. She also holds a (part time) National Health and Medical Research Council Post Doctoral Training Fellowship. Her collaborators include Professor John Hopper and Associate Professor Mark Jenkins at the MEGA centre in the University's School of Population Health and Associate Professor Kelly Phillips at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. Louise's research projects include the perception of risk for breast cancer, the use of chemoprevention for women at high risk of breast cancer and the use of screening and genetic technology in the prevention of breast cancer and colorectal cancer.    


Member of

  • Public Health Association of Australia. member 1998 -


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Hopper J, Jass J, Jenkins M, Young J, Amor D, Antill Y, Buchanan D, Dite G, Dow C, English D, Giles G, Goldblatt J, Haydon A, Jaskowski L, Keogh L, Kirk J, Leggett B, Lipton L, Macrae F, Maskiell J, Parry S, Southey M, Suthers G, Tucker K, Walsh M, Winship I, Young G. ‘Colorectal Cancer Family Registry: Australasia.’ Funded by the National Institutes of Health (USA), $6,204,882 (2009-2012)

    Hopper J, Apicella C, Keogh L, Kirkman M, Peacock S. ‘Screening practices in women with and without a personal family history of breast cancer: a population-based study.’ Funded by Cancer Australia and The National Breast Cancer Foundation, $294 600 (2008-2010)

    Hocking J, Fairley CK, Temple-Smith M, Keogh L, Chen M, Fisher J, Williams H, Hsueh A, Henning D, Bayly C, McNamee K. ‘How does chlamydia infection impact on the sexual, reproductive and mental health of Victorians and the Victorian health care system?’. Department of Human Services, Public Health Grant, $186,869 (2008-2009)

    Winship I, Southey M, Hopper J, Jenkins M, Keogh L, Giles G, Gaff, C. ‘Translation of genetic knowledge to clinical practice: a novel approach for more cost-effective BRCA1 mutation screening’. Medical Research Grant (Restricted Purposes), Faculty Research Committee, $35,345 (2008).   


Education and training

  • PhD, La Trobe University 2003
  • MA, Monash University 1997
  • BSc(Hons), The University of Western Australia 1991

Awards and honors

  • For ~Abortion in Victoria: Where are we now? Where do we want to go?~, Award for Excellence in Knowledge Transfer 2008, Melbourne School of Population Health, The University of Melbourne., 2008
  • 2008 Travelling Fellowship, The Harold Mitchell Foundation, 2008
  • Manuscript Sponsorship, The Writing Centre for Scholars and Researchers, Melbourne School of Graduate Research, The University of Melbourne, 2007
  • PhD Scholarship, National Health and Medical Research Council, 1998
  • Best Proffered Paper, VenSouth �97 IUVDT HIV/STD 5th World Congress, 1997
  • Best Poster in the Psychosocial Stream, The Australasian Society for HIV Medicine Conference, 1996



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