Background

As a passionate advocate for women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), Claire is  proud of her contribution to rights-based research as well as SRHR project development, implementation and evaluation. Working for non-government, international non-government and academic organisations, she has informed policy and practice through her various roles in the field of SRHR. As a Committee Member of the International Health Special Interest Group of the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA), Claire uses her communications, media and advocacy skills to promote the health and welfare of women and girls around the world.  

As well as her role with the International Health Programme at Curtin University, Claire is currently collaborating with Marie Stopes Nepal on the research project: Abortion During Crisis: A Qualitative Study in the Aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes.


In effective and sustainable rights-based implementations, research; project development and application; and monitoring and evaluation are intrinsically linked. I believe that research conducted ethically enables vulnerable populations to have a voice and lays the foundation for the implementation of programs and interventions that can assist women and girls to effectively and holistically exercise their sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Research Projects

Leading research projects in Nepal and within refugee and migrant communities in Australia, has strengthened Claire’s cultural competency and awareness of socio-cultural, socio-economic, gender, religious and ethical concerns when working with vulnerable populations, particularly in relation to sensitive issues such as SRHR.

Adequate access to contraception and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information post-abortion: A case study from Nepal

This qualitative, exploratory study examined the post-abortion experiences of Nepali women, and access and uptake of safe abortion services; unsafe abortion; post-abortion contraception; and sexual and reproductive health information. Analysis revealed themes relating to women’s abortion seeking decision-making processes and barriers to high quality safe abortion services and family planning counselling.

Findings emphasised the interconnectivity of sexual and reproductive health and rights; gender discrimination, reproductive coercion; education; poverty; geographical isolation; spousal separation; and women’s empowerment. 

A cross-generational study of contraception and reproductive health among Sudanese and Eritrean women in Brisbane, Australia

This qualitative study aimed to explore and document women’s intergenerational experiences and knowledge of reproductive health and contraception. Through documentation and examination of knowledge shared, the analysis distilled key aspects of intergenerational fears, cultural safety and health within a sexual and reproductive health and rights context.


Peer-reviewed publications

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., Tako, A., & Dantas, J.A.R. (2019). Post-abortion care in Nepal: perspectives of a cross-section of sexual and reproductive health and rights professionals. BMC Women’s Health doi:10.1186/s12905-019-0734-1

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., & Dantas, J.A.R. (2018). Abortion and reproductive health in the aftermath of a natural disaster: the case of Nepal. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal Volume 25 Issue 9, 41

Rogers, C., & Dantas, J.A.R. (2017). Access to contraception and sexual and reproductive health information post-abortion: a systematic review of literature from low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2016-101469

Rogers, C., & Earnest, J. (2015). Sexual and reproductive health communication among Sudanese and Eritrean women: an exploratory study from Brisbane, Australia, Culture, Health & Sexuality doi:10.1080/13691058.2014.967302

Rogers, C., & Earnest, J. (2014). A cross-generational study of contraception and reproductive health among Sudanese and Eritrean women in Brisbane, Australia. Health Care for Women International doi:10.1080/07399332.2013.857322

 

Manuscripts under peer review / preparation

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., Paudel, R., & Dantas, J.A.R. (under peer review). Medical abortion in Nepal: a qualitative study on women’s experiences at safe abortion services and pharmacies.

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., & Dantas, J.A.R. (under peer review). Conducting qualitative sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) research in resource poor settings: experiences from Nepal.

Rogers, C., Shrestha, R., & Sapkota, S. (under preparation). Abortion during humanitarian crisis: a qualitative study in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes. 

Shrestha, R., Rogers, C., Gaihre, R., & Sapkota, S. (under preparation). Youth, disability and sexual and reproductive health and rights in Nepal: a qualitative exploration.


Conference presentations

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., & Dantas, J. (2018, November). Adequate Access to Contraception and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information Post-Abortion: A case study from Nepal. Selected refereed abstract session. Poster presentation at the 5th International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP), Kigali, Rwanda

Rogers, C., Shrestha, R., & Sapkota, S. (2017, April). Abortion During Humanitarian Crisis: A qualitative study in the aftermath of the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes. Selected refereed abstract session. Oral presentation at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, Australia

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., & Dantas, J. (2017, April). Post-Abortion Access to Contraception and Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) Information: A case study from Nepal. Selected refereed abstract session. e-Poster presentation at the 15th World Congress on Public Health, Melbourne, Australia

Rogers, C. (2015, September). Adequate access to contraception & sexual & reproductive health (SRH) information post-abortion: Perspectives of SRH professionals in Nepal. Oral presentation at The Mark Liveris Seminar, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Rogers, C. (2014, November).  Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC): Utilisation, accessibility and acceptability in urban and rural Nepal. Oral presentation at Nursing and Midwifery Research Week, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Rogers, C., Sapkota, S., Earnest, J., Tako, A., & Lohani, S. (2014, October).  Contraception Access and Uptake: Perspectives of sexual and reproductive healthcare professionals in Nepal. Invited refereed abstract session. Oral presentation at the 3rd Annual World Congress of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Taiyuan, China

Rogers, C., & Earnest, J., (2012, November). Sexual and reproductive health communication in CALD families. Selected refereed abstract session. Oral presentation at the First National Sexual and Reproductive Health Conference, Melbourne, Australia

Rogers, C., & Earnest, J., (2012, September). A cross- generational study of contraception and reproductive health among Sudanese and Eritrean women in Brisbane, Australia. Selected refereed abstract session. Oral presentation at the Population Health Congress, Adelaide, Australia

Rogers, C. (2012, August). Sexual and Reproductive Health: Young People from CALD communities. Analysis and Feedback session at the Educational Forum for Service Providers: Cultural Competency and Sexual Health for CALD Clients, Brisbane, Australia


Other writing, interviews and communication

Claire Rogers. (2018, September). Research in Nepal: Reflections on working and studying in the field of International Health. Invited speaker. Presented at the Public Health and Health Promotion Career Pathways Event, University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia

Claire Rogers, Jaya Dantas & Shilpa Lohani. (2016, July).  Nepal Quakes Leave Women’s Healthcare in Crisis. NewsDeeply. Women and Girls Hub: Crisis and Conflict.

Marcela Ramírez. (July 15, 2016).  Family Planning is Future PlanningClaire Rogers Podcast Interview. Words for Good Podcast.

Claire Rogers. (2016, March). The Amazing Women and Girls of Nepal. Goanet-Femnet: An online network for women, by women, Issue 48, 4-5.

Debbi G McCullough. (May 31, 2016). Five things business reporters ought to know about gender data. Article Mention. Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism.

Claire Rogers. (2015, June). Emergency Humanitarian Crisis in Nepal: How the earthquakes have impacted the sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of Nepali women and girls. InTouch: Newsletter of the Public Health Association of Australia, Issue 32, 3-4.

Jaya Earnest & Claire Rogers (2015). Policy-at-a-glance: Women’s Health in Overseas Aid Programs Policy. Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA).

Claire Rogers. (July, 2014). Lecture Topic: Qualitative Research. Guest Lecturer. B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Dharan, Nepal.