DR Michelle Peate

DR Michelle Peate


  • Cancer (Cancer, Oncology, Breast cancer, Paediatric oncology, Young adult)
  • Cancer genetics (BRCA1/2, Lynch syndrome, Risk reduction)
  • Education (Patient education, decision-making tools, psycho-educational interventions, Supportive care, Low health literacy, Psycho-education)
  • Psychology (Depression, Distress, Psychological interventions)
  • Psychosocial (Quality of life, Informed choice, Decision-making)
  • Reproductive health (Fertility, Infertility, Assisted reproduction)



  • Dr Michelle Peate is the Program Leader for the Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit based at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne and a National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) Early Career Fellow. In her current role she is overseeing a number of research projects in psychology, cancer and reproductive health. Her main goals involve the development of resources for people who need them, and their evaluation through prospective, multi-centre psycho-oncology studies. Her research portfolio has involved the development and implementation of a number of patient resources, including a fertility-related decision aid for young women with early breast cancer (now available from the Breast Cancer Network Australia) and a booklet on breast cancer and early menopause (available from the National Breast and Ovarian Cancer Centre). Her work in this area is both nationally and internationally recognised - resulting in a number of awards, including a 2011 NSW Young Tall Poppy Award from the Australian Institute for Policy in Science, international invited presentations, and roles on clinical practice guideline committees.

    Dr Peate has also been involved in pioneering the development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures in Psycho-oncology. These documents provide a gold standard for all stages of research from concept development though to closeout. She has been involved at all stages of the research projects and has developed an excellent understanding of research governance. Having worked on both sides of the fence has given Dr Peate a 'whole' view of research and it's processes.

    Current projects include the development of an online fertility-related decision aid for young women with early breast cancer with low health literacy, an online fertility-related decision aid for parents of children with cancer, and an online deicsion aid for women considering freezing their eggs for non-me   


Member of

  • Cancer Survivorship Champions Forum, Parkville. Member 2018 -
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) fertility preservation guidelines group. Committee Member 2017 -
  • Royal Women’s Hospital Research Week Organisation Committee. Committee Member 2017 -
  • Australian Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ASPOG). Committee Member 2016 -
  • International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) Website Committee. Committe Member 2015 -
  • Psychosocial & Epidemiological Research in Reproductive medicine (PERR). Committee Member 2015 -
  • International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) Early Career Professionals in Psycho-Oncology (ECPP) Committee. Founding member. 2013 – on going. Deputy Chair (Aug 2015- Aug 2017), Chair (Aug 2017-ongoing) 2013 -
  • Australian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine. Member 2010 -
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS). Member 2010 -
  • International Society for Fertility Preservation. Member 2010 -
  • Psycho-oncology Co-operative Research Group. Member 2005 -
  • Medical, Dental, and Health Sciences Early Career Research Council. Council Member, Sponsorship sub-committee Chair (2017) 2016 - 2018
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Center (VCCC) Conference committee. Committee Member 2016
  • Cancer Australia’s Review and update of clinical practice guidelines Management of menopausal symptoms in breast cancer.. Committee Member 2013 - 2016


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of New South Wales 2010
  • MSc, University of Sydney 2005
  • GradDip, University of Sydney 2001
  • BSc, University of Sydney 2000

Awards and honors

  • Victorian Integrated Cancer Services Conference Best Oral Presentation Award, 2017
  • Early Career Network Symposium, University of Melbourne Best Oral Presentation (2nd Prize), 2017
  • Royal Women’s Hospital Research Week, Early Career Researcher Award (Runner-up), 2017
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award, 2017
  • CASS Foundation Travel Award, 2015
  • Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Science and Policy, 2011
  • Society Award for Excellent Higher Degree Thesis in Health Psychology, Australian Psychological Society, 2010
  • Deans List for outstanding research in medicine, University of NSW, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • Dr Peate's primary research focus has been in the psychosocial and reproductive issues of women with cancer and more broadly she has interests in the psychosocial aspects of cancer, reproductive health, menopause, sexual dysfunction, adolescents and young adults, mental health, decision-making, screening, and genetics.  Her current research aims to reduce the psychosocial impact of infertility through research, with a particular focus in people affected by cancer.

    Current research:
          • Development and evaluation of a low-literacy decision aid about reproductive choices for younger women with breast cancer
          • Building and evaluating an online infertility prediction tool for young women with breast cancer

          • ‘Eggsurance’: The development and evaluation of a decision aid for oocyte cryopreservation

          • The development of a decision aid for couples deciding to cease fertility treatment.

          • Development and evaluation of parallel decision support tools (decision aid for parents and an assent support tool for children) for about reproductive choices for children with cancer

    Please contact me if you would be interested in research in these areas.