Lisa McHugh

PhD scholar


Master of Philosophy in Applied Epidemiology (MAE), Australian National University, 2014; Certificate in Family Planning, Family Planning Association of Australia, Ashfield, NSW, 2002; Certificate in Midwifery, Royal Hospital for Women, Paddington, NSW, 1992; Diploma of Applied Science (Nursing) University of Sydney, 1988.




Lisa is a perinatal epidemiologist with over 20 years clinical midwifery experience and over 10 years experience in clinical health research. Her areas of research expertise are predominantly pregnancy-based and include hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, chronic and infectious skin diseases in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and vaccination of preventable infectious diseases.

Following coordinator roles in the Healthy Skin Program and the FluMum Study, Lisa was an investigator of a pilot study involving three urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities in outer Brisbane examining the uptake of influenza vaccine in pregnant women.

Lisa went on to complete the Masters in Applied Epidemiology program researching a number of novel public health studies.

She is currently undertaking a PhD in “Adverse maternal and infant perinatal outcomes following vaccination in pregnancy” with a major focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and infants. 

  1. McHugh L, Andrews RM, Lambert SB, Viney KA, Wood N, Perrett KP, Marshall HS, Richmond P and O’Grady KF, (2017) Birth outcomes for Australian mother-infant pairs who received an influenza vaccine during pregnancy, 2012-2014: The FluMum study, Vaccine

  2. O’Grady KF, Dunbar M, Medlin LG, Hall KK, Toombs M, Meiklejohn J, McHugh L, Massey PD, Creighton A and Andrews RM (2015) Uptake of influenza vaccination in pregnancy amongst Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women: a mixed-methods pilot study, BioMed Central

  3. Ashiedu PR, Andrews RM, Lambert SB, McHugh L, LeGros-Wilson S, Zenchyson J, Arnold D, Shevell C, O’Grady KF, (2015) Medically-attended respiratory illnesses amongst pregnant women in Brisbane, Australia, Australian Government Department of Health, CDI, vol 39, No. 3, E319-E322

  4. O’Grady KF, McHugh L, Nolan T, Richmond P, Wood N, S Marshall HS, Lambert SB, Chatfield M, Andrews RM. BMJ open, (2014) FluMum: A prospective cohort study of mother-infant pairs assessing the effectiveness of maternal influenza vaccination in prevention of influenza in early infancy: protocol, BMJ Open

  5. Davis G, Mackenzie C, Brown MA, Homer CS, Holt J, McHugh L, and Mangos G, (2007) Predicting Transformation from Gestational Hypertension to Preeclampsia in Clinical Practice: A Possible Role for 24 Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring, Hypertension in Pregnancy, Vol. 26, No. 1 , Pages 77-87. 

  6. Brown MA, McHugh L, Mangos G, Davis G. (2004) Automated self-initiated blood pressure or 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in pregnancy, British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Vol. 111 pp 38-41.

  7. Brown MA, Bowyer L, McHugh L, (2001) Twenty-four hour automated blood pressure monitoring as a predictor of pre eclampsia,  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

  8. Brown MA, Davis G, McHugh L. (2001) The prevalence and clinical significance of nocturnal hypertension in pregnancy, Journal of Hypertension.

  1. Study confirms the importance of vaccinating for whooping cough during pregnancy

    Study confirms the importance of vaccinating for whooping cough during pregnancy


    An important baseline study to determine the benefits of mothers being vaccinated during the third trimester of pregnancy against pertussis, or ‘whooping cough’ has recently been published in the prestigious Cambridge University Press Epidemiology & Infection Journal.

  2. Positive Birth Outcomes For FLU Vaccine During Pregnacy

    Positive Birth Outcomes For FLU Vaccine During Pregnacy


    Almost 2500 women had the vaccination, while more than 4600 opted not to. Menzies School of Health Research PhD student and lead author Lisa McHugh said they found no clinically significant differences in infants’ birthweight or gestational age at birth between the two groups of women.

  3. Study shows the safety of flu vaccine during pregnancy

    Study shows the safety of flu vaccine during pregnancy


    An Australia-wide study published in the international journal Vaccine has provided reassuring evidence on the safety of influenza vaccination during pregnancy.