DR Alison Morgan

DR Alison Morgan


  • Maternal Health in Resource Poor Settings (health systems, health workers,)



  • Dr Alison Morgan has over 30 years’ experience in global health research and practice with a focus on quality maternal and newborn health care. Her interest is in measurement and indicators for maternal and newborn health, quality improvement of complex health systems, and on how national governments can plan to reach health development goals. She is an expert in maternal mortality measurement challenges and maternal health determinants and has conducted analyses of maternal health services in Nepal, China (Tibet), Ethiopia, Kenya, Indonesia and across the Pacific region. She currently co-chairs the WHO advisory group Mother and Newborn Information for Tracking Outcomes and Results (MoNITOR), and is part of the monitoring and evaluation working group advising on the Quality Equity Dignity (QED) initiative to reduce hospital based maternal deaths.
    She is a renowned educator who set up the global health stream within the University of Melbourne’s Masters in Public Health and she led the design and delivery of the Nossal’s global course in health systems strengthening developed for UNICEF, which has seen 199 UNICEF staff from 70 countries complete a six month blended leaning program over 2017-2018.
    She was on the steering committee for the Gates/AusAID funded multi-country investment case to reach MDGs 4&5 for the Asia Pacific, and the PI for the Nepal country case, and was a member of the technical advisory panel for the AusAID funded Women’s and Children’s Knowledge Hub. She has undertaken consultancies for WHO, UNICEF, DFAT (AusAID), and many international non-government organisations and private foundations.   


Selected publications



Education and training

  • MBBS, University of Sydney
  • DTM&H, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • DRANZCOG, Royal Australian College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2016
  • GCALL, University of Melbourne 2014

Awards and honors

  • Endeavour Research Fellowship, 2013
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, 2011


Available for supervision

  • Y