PROF Kelsey Hegarty

PROF Kelsey Hegarty


  • Domestic violence and family violence
  • Domestic violence and health
  • Family Violence interventions
  • Health services research
  • Health system reform
  • Multi method research
  • Primary care/violence against women RCT
  • Technological interventions for domestic violence
  • Women’s health



  • Kelsey Hegarty is an academic general practitioner who holds the joint Chair in Family Violence Prevention at the University of Melbourne and the Royal Women's Hospital. She co chairs the Melbourne Research Alliance to End Violence against Women (MAEVe). Her research includes the evidence base for interventions to prevent violence against women; educational and complex interventions around identification of domestic and family violence in primary care settings and early intervention with men, women and children exposed to abuse. Interventions are delivered through health care and through the use of new technologies. She has developed a measure of domestic violence the Composite Abuse Scale, validated multidimensional measure of partner abuse. It has been used extensively globally and is available in 10 languages. She has co-edited a book on Intimate partner abuse for health professionals and is on two Cochrane systematic reviews of screening and advocacy interventions for domestic violence. She led the development of  Royal Australian College of  General Practice White Book on Abuse and Violence and a GP learning module. She has developed an innovative domestic violence curriculum for health practitioners and she regularly teaches domestic violence and mental health issues to undergraduates and postgraduate medical and nursing practitioners. She provides regular expert advice to the World Health Organsiation. She is also Director of the Postgraduate Primary Care Nursing Course in the Department. She works in general practice 1 session per week.   


Member of

  • WONCA Steering Committee Special Interest Group on Family Violence. RACGP Abuse and Violence Special Interest Group 2013 -
  • AAAPC. Member 2010 -
  • Systemic Review of Family Violence Deaths, Dept. of Justice, Vic. Member 2009 -
  • RACGP National Standing Committee on Research. Member 2008 -
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre. Chair 2009 - 2016
  • Domestic Violence Resource Centre management committee, Melbourne. Member 2008 - 2016


Selected publications


Investigator on

Additional Grant Information

  • Hegarty K, Brown S, Humphreys C, Taft A, Arabena K, Sanci L, MacMillan H, Feder G, Glover, K, Anderson P. Centre for Research Excellence to promote Safer Families: Tailoring early identification and novel interventions for intimate partner violence. NHMRC 2017-21, $2,497,801.20



Education and training

  • PhD, The University of Queensland 1999
  • FRACGP, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners 1991
  • DipRACOG, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1989
  • MBBS, The University of Queensland 1983

Awards and honors

  • Research Excellence Community Impact Award, The University of Melbourne, 2015
  • Distinguished Paper, Primary Health Care and General Practice Conference, 2012
  • Distinguished Paper, North American Primary Care Research Group Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 2012
  • Sir Benjamin F. Meaker Visiting Professorship, University of Bristol England, 2011
  • Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence in Support of and Service to Teaching and Learning, University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 2004
  • Elsie Butler Wilkinson Prize in Child Health, and Carnation Company Prize in Child Health, University of Queensland, 1983



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am an experienced supervisor and am keen to continue to work with students in the area of domestic violence, family violence and abuse. I use mixed methods so am happy to supervise both qualitative and quantitative theses. I particularly have a focus on measurement, prevalence, health effects, identification and response in health care settings. More recently, I have moved into technological abuse and use of technology to respond to intimate partner violence and abuse.