Karen Hobday



PhD, Menzies School of Health Research, 2020; Master of Public Health, University of New South Wales, 2008; Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Toronto, 2005

Research Topic:

The prevention of post-partum haemorrhage in Mozambique


Darwin - Charles Darwin University campus


Karen has extensive experience working in the field of global health in project management and academic roles, in various countries including South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Pakistan. She has worked for the World Health Organization’s Health Emergency and Outbreak Unit in Geneva, Switzerland. Karen has undertaken research in Mozambique, Zambia, East Timor and the Pacific Region in the areas of HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, health promotion and health seeking behaviour. Karen has also worked in Remote Primary Health Care at the Northern Territory Department of Health.

Karen has recently completed her PhD at the Menzies School of Health Research in global maternal health focusing on the prevention of post-partum haemorrhage in Mozambique. She is interested in both humanitarian aid and sustainable development projects that improve health outcomes. She is passionate about sexual and reproductive health, human rights and social justice.

Karen lectures in Health Promotion and Sexual and Reproductive Health and jointly teaches Public Health and Health Policy alongside Mascha Friderichs for Menzies’ Masters of Public Health.

Research Themes
  • Global and tropical health
  • Sexual and reproductive health
  • Inequities
  • Social justice
  • Human rights
  • Humanitarian crises
  • Indigenous health
  1. Hobday, K., Zwi, A.B., Homer, C., Kirkham, R., Hulme, J., Wate, P.Z., Prata, N. 2020. Misoprostol for the prevention of post-partum haemorrhage in Mozambique: an analysis of the interface between human rights, maternal health and development. BMC Int Health Human Rights 20, 9. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12914-020-00229-9
  2. Hobday, K., Hulme, J., Prata, N., Wate, P. Z., Belton, S., & Homer, C. 2019. Scaling up misoprostol to prevent postpartum hemorrhage at home births in Mozambique: A case study applying the ExpandNet/WHO framework. Global Health: Science and Practice, 7(1), 66-86.
  3. Hobday K, Hulme J, Wate, P, Belton S, Homer SE C, Prata N. 2018. "My job is to get pregnant women to the hospital": A qualitative study of the role of traditional birth attendants in the distribution of misoprostol to prevent post-partum haemorrhage in two provinces in Mozambique. BMC Reproductive Health. 15(174). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12978-018-0622-4.
  4. Hobday K, Hulme J, Belton S, Homer SE C, Prata N. 2017. Community-based misoprostol for the prevention of post-partum haemorrhage: A narrative review of the evidence base, challenges and scale-up, Global Public Health. DOI:10.1080/17441692.2017.1303743
  5. Hobday K, Ramke J, Du Toit R, Pereira S. 2015. Healthy Eyes in Schools: An Evaluation of a school and community-based intervention to promote eye health in rural Timor-Leste. Health Education Journal. 74(4).
  6. Martins J, Zwi A, Hobday K, Bonaparte F and Kelly P. 2013. Changing the malaria treatment protocol policy in Timor-Leste: an examination of context, process, and actors’ involvement. Health Research Policy and Systems. 11(16).
  7. Martins J, Zwi A, Hobday K, Bonaparte F and Kelly P. 2012. The implementation of a new malaria treatment protocol in Timor-Leste: challenges and constraints. Health Policy and Planning. DOI:10.1093/heapol/czs019.
  8. Ramke J, Blignault I, Hobday K, Lee L, Brian G. 2012. Primary Eye Care in Timor-Leste. Br J Ophthalmol. 96(1): 143-5.
  9. Hobday K, Ramke J, du Toit R. 2011. Eye health promotion in Western Pacific Island Countries. Clin Experiment Opthalmol. 39(6): 584-5.
  10. Oral Conference presentation: Providers of Last Resort: The Role of Traditional Birth Attendants in the Distribution of Misoprostol in Mozambique. Community Empowerment for Health: A Multi-Sectoral Approach Conference by The Network Toward Unity for Health (TUFH). University of Limerick, Ireland. August 2018.
  11. Hobday K, Wate, P, Hulme J, Belton S, Homer SE C, Prata N (June 2017). Scaling-up the use of misoprostol for the prevention of post-partum haemorrhage in Mozambique: A situational analysis. Poster presented at the International Congress for Midwives. Toronto, Canada.
  12. Panzi Hospital Annual Activity Report 2012; Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo published February 2013.
  13. Zwi A, Spurway K, Ranmuthugala G, Marincowitz R, Thompson L, Hobday K. 2013. Do community based disaster risk management (CBDRM) initiatives reduce the social and economic cost of disasters? Protocol. London: EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London.