Dr Suzanne Belton

Senior lecturer


PhD (Public Health / Medical Anthropology), University of Melbourne, 2005; Bachelor of Social Science (Hons 1), University of South Australia, 1996; Midwife, Queen Victoria Hospital 1990.


Darwin- Charles Darwin University campus


Dr Belton is a medical anthropologist and midwife with clinical experience in community health, women's health, family planning and refugee health.

She has an adjunct position as senior researcher at Charles Darwin University (CDU) and has worked in remote Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, East Timor and China.

Dr Belton's research interests include the anthropology of health, the social and cultural context of sexual and reproductive health, gender and violence against women, cross-cultural studies, traditional birth attendants, community ethnography, models of maternal health care, and human rights. She uses mixed methods and teaches qualitative research methods, global health, sexual and reproductive health and community and public health.

Dr Belton is the Chairperson of Family Planning Association NT and a past representative for Australia in International Planned Parenthood Federation.

Research Themes
Media Expertise
  • Women's health
  • Abortion
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Rheumatic heart disease in pregnancy
  • Birth