Lisa Vallely

Senior Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer

As a midwife and public health researcher, Lisa has more than 18 years’ experience working in low-resource settings, including Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia.

Her current program of research is based primarily in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where she established a multidisciplinary maternal and child health research program at the PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka (2010-15). Her program of research has included access to care during pregnancy and childbirth; unsafe abortion; teenage pregnancy; STIs in pregnancy and an intervention to support clean birth practices and reduce the risk of postpartum haemorrhage among women who give birth in remote, rural communities. Her work led to a world-first cluster randomized crossover trial of antenatal point-of-care STI testing and treatment to improve birth outcomes in high-burden, low-resource settings, for which she is a chief investigator.

Through an ongoing academic position at the PNGIMR (2015-date), she continues to lead field studies and intervention trials to improve maternal and newborn health outcomes in Papua New Guinea.

Journal articles
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Morgan CJ; Saweri OPM; Larme N; Peach E; Melepia P; Au L; Scoullar MJL; Reza MS; Vallely LM; McPake BI; Beeson JG, 2020, 'Strengthening routine immunization in Papua New Guinea: A cross-sectional provincial assessment of front-line services', BMC Public Health, vol. 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-8172-4
2020
Kelly-Hanku A; Newland J; Aggleton P; Ase S; Fiya V; Aeno H; Vallely L; Mola G; Kaldor J; Vallely A, 2019, 'Health communication messaging about HPV vaccine in Papua New Guinea.', Health Education Journal, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0017896919856657
2019
Vallely AJ; Pomat WS; Homer C; Guy R; Luchters S; Mola GDL; Kariwiga G; Vallely LM; Wiseman V; Morgan C; Wand H; Rogerson SJ; Tabrizi SN; Whiley DM; Low N; Peeling R; Siba P; Riddell M; Laman M; Bolnga J; Robinson LJ; Morewaya J; Badman SG; Batura N; Kelly-Hanku A; Toliman PJ; Peter W; Babona D; Peach E; Garland SM; Kaldor JM, 2019, 'Point-of-care testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections to improve birth outcomes in high-burden, low-income settings: Study protocol for a cluster randomized crossover trial (the wantaim trial, papua new guinea) [version 2; peer review: 1 approved, 1 approved with reservations]', Wellcome Open Research, vol. 4, http://dx.doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15173.1
2019
Vallely AJ; Pomat WS; Homer C; Guy R; Luchters S; Mola GDL; Kariwiga G; Vallely LM; Wiseman V; Morgan C; Wand H; Rogerson SJ; Tabrizi SN; Whiley DM; Low N; Peeling R; Siba P; Riddell M; Laman M; Bolnga J; Robinson LJ; Morewaya J; Badman SG; Batura N; Kelly-Hanku A; Toliman PJ; Peter W; Babona D; Peach E; Garland SM; Kaldor JM, 2019, 'Point-of-care testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections to improve birth outcomes in high-burden, low-income settings: Study protocol for a cluster randomized crossover trial (the WANTAIM Trial, Papua New Guinea).', Wellcome Open Res, vol. 4, pp. 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15173.2
2019
Vallely AJ; Pomat WS; Homer C; Guy R; Luchters S; Mola GDL; Kariwiga G; Vallely LM; Wiseman V; Morgan C; Wand H; Rogerson SJ; Tabrizi SN; Whiley DM; Low N; Peeling R; Siba P; Riddell M; Laman M; Bolnga J; Robinson LJ; Morewaya J; Badman SG; Batura N; Kelly-Hanku A; Toliman PJ; Peter W; Babona D; Peach E; Garland SM; Kaldor JM, 2019, 'Point-of-care testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections to improve birth outcomes in high-burden, low-income settings: Study protocol for a cluster randomized crossover trial (the WANTAIM Trial, Papua New Guinea).', Wellcome open research, vol. 4, pp. 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.12688/wellcomeopenres.15173.2
2019
Kelly-Hanku A; Newland J; Aggleton P; Ase S; Aeno H; Fiya V; Vallely L; Toliman P; Mola G; Kaldor J; Vallely A, 2019, 'HPV vaccination in Papua New Guinea to prevent cervical cancer in women: Gender, sexual morality, outsiders and the de-feminization of the HPV vaccine', Papillomavirus Research, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pvr.2019.100171
2019
Vallely LM; Emori R; Gouda H; Phuanukoonnon S; Homer CSE; Vallely AJ, 2019, 'Women's knowledge of maternal danger signs during pregnancy: Findings from a cross-sectional survey in Papua New Guinea', Midwifery, vol. 72, pp. 7 - 13, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2019.02.001
2019
Bell S; Kennedy E; Black K; Vallely A; Vallely L; Mola G; Kaldor J; Bagita M; Ninnes C; Pomat W; Kelly A, 2018, 'Youth-centred research to help prevent and mitigate the adverse health and social impacts of pregnancy amongst young Papua New Guineans', Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 26, pp. 5 - 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09688080.2018.1512297
2018
Vallely LM; Egli-Gany D; Pomat W; Homer CSE; Guy R; Wand H; Silver B; Rumbold AR; Kaldor JM; Low N; Vallely AJ, 2018, 'Adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes associated with Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Mycoplasma genitalium, M. hominis, Ureaplasma urealyticum and U. parvum: A systematic review and meta-analysis protocol', BMJ Open, vol. 8, pp. e024175, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024175
2018
Vallely AJ; Toliman PJ; Ryan C; Rai G; Wapling J; Gabuzzi J; Kumbia A; Kombuk B; Kombati Z; Vallely LM; Kelly-Hanku A; Wand H; Tabrizi SN; Mola GDL; Kaldor JM, 2018, 'Association between visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid examination and high-risk human papillomavirus infection, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Trichomonas vaginalis in Papua New Guinea', Australian and New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, vol. 58, pp. 576 - 581, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ajo.12783
2018
Toliman PJ; Kaldor JM; Badman SG; Gabuzzi J; Silim S; Kumbia A; Kombuk B; Kombati Z; Munnull G; Guy R; Vallely LM; Kelly-Hanku A; Wand H; Ryan C; Tan G; Brotherton J; Saville M; Mola GDL; Garland SM; Tabrizi SN; Vallely AJ, 2018, 'Performance of clinical screening algorithms comprising point-of-care HPV-DNA testing using self-collected vaginal specimens, and visual inspection of the cervix with acetic acid, for the detection of underlying high-grade squamous intraepithelial lesions in Papua New Guinea', Papillomavirus Research, vol. 6, pp. 70 - 76, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pvr.2018.10.009
2018
Kelly-Hanku A; Ase S; Fiya V; Toliman P; Aeno H; Mola GM; Kaldor JM; Vallely LM; Vallely AJ, 2018, 'Ambiguous bodies, uncertain diseases: knowledge of cervical cancer in Papua New Guinea', Ethnicity and Health, vol. 23, pp. 659 - 681, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13557858.2017.1283393
2018
Vallely L; Mola GD, 2017, 'Unintended pregnancy and unsupervised births in PNG: Can greater access to Misoprostol improve maternal health outcomes?', Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, vol. 60
2017
Emori R; Vallely AJ; Gouda H; Siba P; Phuanukoonnon S; Mola GD; Homer CSE; Vallely L, 2017, 'Women's recall of provision of antenatal care in Papua New Guinea: Findings of a maternal and infant health survey conducted in three provinces', Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, vol. 60
2017
Emori R; Vallely AJ; Gouda H; Siba P; Phuanukoonnon S; Mola GD; Homer CS; Vallely L, 2017, 'Supervised and unsupervised birth and early newborn care practices in Papua New Guinea: Findings of a maternal and infant health survey conducted in three provinces', Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, vol. 60
2017
Tynan A; Vallely L; Kupul M; Neo R; Fiya V; Worth H; Kelly-Hanku A, 2017, 'Programmes for the prevention of parent‐to‐child transmission of HIV in Papua New Guinea: Health system challenges and opportunities.', The International Journal of Health Planning and Management., vol. 33, pp. e367 - e377, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpm.2450
2017
Vallely LM; Toliman P; Ryan C; Rai G; Wapling J; Gabuzzi J; Allen J; Opa C; Munnull G; Kaima P; Kombuk B; Kumbia A; Kombati Z; Law G; Kelly-Hanku A; Wand H; Siba PM; Mola GDL; Kaldor JM; Vallely AJ, 2017, 'Performance of syndromic management for the detection and treatment of genital Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae and Trichomonas vaginalis among women attending antenatal, well woman and sexual health clinics in Papua New Guinea: A cross-sectional study', BMJ Open, vol. 7, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018630
2017
Vallely LM; Homiehombo P; Walep E; Moses M; Tom M; Kelly-Hanku A; Vallely A; Nataraye E; Ninnes C; Mola GD; Morgan C; Kaldor JM; Wand H; Whittaker A; Homer CSE, 2016, 'Feasibility and acceptability of clean birth kits containing misoprostol for self-administration to prevent postpartum hemorrhage in rural Papua New Guinea', International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, vol. 133, pp. 301 - 306, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijgo.2015.10.018
2016
Vallely LM; Toliman P; Ryan C; Rai G; Wapling J; Tomado C; Huliafi S; Munnull G; Rarau P; Phuanukoonnon S; Wand H; Siba P; Mola GDL; Kaldor JM; Vallely AJ, 2016, 'Prevalence and risk factors of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis and other sexually transmissible infections among women attending antenatal clinics in three provinces in Papua New Guinea: a cross-sectional survey.', Sex Health, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH15227
2016
Vallely L; Paul R; Naidi B; Morewaya J; Kariwiga G; Vallely AJ; Morgan C; Homer CSE, 2016, '“I have a heart to help the mothers” : 25 years of the Village Birth Attendant Program in Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea', Papua New Guinea Medical Journal, vol. 59
2016
Toliman P; Badman SG; Gabuzzi J; Silim S; Forereme L; Kumbia A; Kombuk B; Kombati Z; Allan J; Munnull G; Ryan C; Vallely LM; Kelly-Hanku A; Wand H; Mola GDL; Guy R; Siba P; Kaldor JM; Tabrizi SN; Vallely AJ, 2016, 'Field evaluation of xpert HPV point-of-care test for detection of human papillomavirus infection by use of self-collected vaginal and clinician-collected cervical specimens', Journal of Clinical Microbiology, vol. 54, pp. 1734 - 1737, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/JCM.00529-16
2016
Vallely LM; Toliman P; Ryan C; Rai G; Wapling J; Tomado C; Huliafi S; Munnull G; Rarau P; Phuanukoonnon S; Wand H; Siba P; Mola GDL; Kaldor JM; Vallely AJ, 2016, 'Prevalence and risk factors of Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis and other sexually transmissible infections among women attending antenatal clinics in three provinces in Papua New Guinea: A cross-sectional survey', Sexual Health, vol. 13, pp. 420 - 427, http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/SH15227
2016
Badman SG; Vallely LM; Toliman P; Kariwiga G; Lote B; Pomat W; Holmer C; Guy R; Luchters S; Morgan C; Garland SM; Tabrizi S; Whiley D; Rogerson SJ; Mola G; Wand H; Donovan B; Causer L; Kaldor J; Vallely A, 2016, 'A novel point-of-care testing strategy for sexually transmitted infections among pregnant women in high-burden settings: Results of a feasibility study in Papua New Guinea', BMC Infectious Diseases, vol. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12879-016-1573-4
2016
Vallely LM; Homiehombo P; Kelly-Hanku A; Vallely A; Homer CSE; Whittaker A, 2015, 'Childbirth in a rural highlands community in Papua New Guinea: A descriptive study', Midwifery, vol. 31, pp. 380 - 387, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2014.11.002
2015
Vallely A; Toliman P; Tabrizi S; Badman SG; Kombati Z; Gabuzzi J; Allan J; Munnull G; Silim S; Ryan C; Vallely LM; Kelly AM; Wand H; Mola GDL; Siba P; Guy R; Kaldor JM, 2015, 'P10.02 Field evaluation of the xpert hpv test for the detection of human papillomavirus infection in women using self-collected vaginal compared to clinician-collected cervical specimens', Sexually Transmitted Infections, vol. 91, pp. A165 - A165
2015
Vallely LM; Homiehombo P; Kelly-Hanku A; Whittaker A, 2015, 'Unsafe abortion requiring hospital admission in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea - A descriptive study of women's and health care workers' experiences', Reproductive Health, vol. 12, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12978-015-0015-x
2015
Vallely LM; Homiehombo P; Kelly-Hanku A; Kumbia A; Mola GDL; Whittaker A, 2014, 'Hospital admission following induced abortion in Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea - A descriptive study', PLoS ONE, vol. 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0110791
2014
Vallely LM; Kelly A; Kupul M; Neo R; Fiya V; Kaldor JM; Mola GDL; Worth H, 2013, 'Infant feeding in the context of HIV: A qualitative study of health care workers' knowledge of recommended infant feeding options in Papua New Guinea', International Breastfeeding Journal, vol. 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1746-4358-8-6
2013
Vallely LM; Homiehombo P; Kelly AM; Vallely A; Homer CSE; Whittaker A, 2013, 'Exploring women's perspectives of access to care during pregnancy and childbirth: A qualitative study from rural papua new guinea', Midwifery, vol. 29, pp. 1222 - 1229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.midw.2013.03.011
2013
Ahluwalia I; Robinson D; Vallely L; Myeya J; Kabakama A, 2012, 'Post-Project Assessment of Community-supported Emergency Transport Systems for Health Care Services in Tanzania', International Electronic Journal of Health Education, vol. 15, pp. 1 - 15
2012
Manape M; Saleu G; Vallely L, 2011, 'Outcome of infants born to unbooked mothers: a short report from Goroka General Hospital, Eastern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea.', Papua and New Guinea medical journal, vol. 54, pp. 185 - 188
2011
Maraga S; Namosha E; Gouda H; Vallely L; Rare L; Phuanukoonnon S, 2011, 'Sociodemographic factors associated with maternal health care utilization in Wosera, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea.', Papua and New Guinea medical journal, vol. 54, pp. 154 - 163
2011
Vallely A; Lees SS; Shagi C; Kasindi S; Soteli S; Kavit N; Vallely L; Mccormack S; Pool R; Hayes R, 2010, 'How informed is consent in vulnerable populations? Experience using a continuous consent process during the MDP301 vaginal microbicide trial in Mwanza, Tanzania', BMC Medical Ethics, vol. 11, pp. 10 - 20, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6939-11-10
2010
Ahluwalia IB; Robinson D; Vallely L; Gieseker KE; Kabakama A, 2010, 'Sustainability of community-capacity to promote safer motherhood in northwestern Tanzania: What remains?', Global Health Promotion, vol. 17, pp. 39 - 49, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1757975909356627
2010
Vallely A; Mccarthy J; Changalucha J; Vallely L; Chandramohan D, 2008, 'Treating malaria in pregnancy in developing countries: priorities in clinical research and drug development', Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology, vol. 1, pp. 61 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.1586/17512433.1.1.61
2008
Shagi C; Vallely A; Kasindi S; Chiduo B; Desmond N; Soteli S; Kavit N; Vallely L; Lees SS; Hayes R; Ross DA, 2008, 'A model for community representation and participation in HIV prevention trials among women who engage in transactional sex in Africa', AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio - Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, vol. 20, pp. 1039 - 1049, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540120701842803
2008
Vallely A; Vallely L; Changalucha J; Greenwood B; Chandramohan D, 2007, 'Intermittent preventive treatment for malaria in pregnancy in Africa: What's new, what's needed?', Malaria Journal, vol. 6, pp. 16, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1475-2875-6-16
2007
Vallely L; Ahmed Y; Murray SF, 2005, 'Postpartum maternal morbidity requiring hospital admission in Lusaka, Zambia - A descriptive study', BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, vol. 5, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2393-5-1
2005
Vallely L, 1999, 'Reaching Rabaraba.', Nursing times, vol. 95, pp. 32 - 33
1999
Vallely A; Vallely L, 1998, 'Seabather's Eruption in Papua New Guinea', Tropical Doctor, vol. 28, pp. 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/004947559802800116
1998
Reports
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Kelly-Hanku A; Mek A; Homiehombo P; Vallely L; Baggita M; Worth H; Nankinga J; Vallely A; Kaldor J; Kelly AM, 2017, Young and Positive: Adolescent girls and young women living with HIV in Papua New Guinea.
2017
Nguyen BP; Phunaukoonnon S; Gouda H; Vallely L; Abdad Y; Pulford J; Siba P, 2014, Technical Report: PNG Institute of Medical Research, Patnership in Health Project Report,
2014
Vallely L; Homiehombo P; Kelly-Hanku A; Mola GM; Kumbia A; Whittaker A, 2013, Pregnancy LossPregnancy Loss: A mixed method study of spontaneous and induced abortion at Eastern Highlands Provincial Hospital, Goroka
2013
Kelly A; Worth H; Kupul M; Fiya V; Vallely L; Neo R; Ase S; Ofi P; Mola GD; Kariwiga G; Laurent YJ; Hunahoff T; Kaldor J, 2013, HIV, pregnancy and parenthood: A qualitative study of the prevention and treatment of HIV in pregnant women, parents and their infants in Papua New Guinea.
2013
Conference Papers
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Vallely A; Toliman P; Tabrizi S; Badman SG; Kombati Z; Gabuzzi J; Allan J; Munnull G; Silim S; Ryan C; Vallely LM; Kelly-Hanku A; Wand H; Mola GDL; Siba P; Guy R; Kaldor JM, 2015, 'FIELD EVALUATION OF THE XPERT HPV TEST FOR THE DETECTION OF HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS INFECTION IN WOMEN USING SELF-COLLECTED VAGINAL COMPARED TO CLINICIAN-COLLECTED CERVICAL SPECIMENS', in SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, pp. A165 - A165, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000416106400432&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015
Badman SG; Vallely LM; Toliman P; Kariwiga G; Tabrizi S; Pomat W; Guy R; Homer C; Luchters S; Morgan C; Garland SM; Rogerson S; Whiley D; Mola GDL; Wand H; Donovan B; Causer L; Siba P; Kaldor JM; Vallely A, 2015, 'POINT-OF-CARE TESTING AND IMMEDIATE TREATMENT OF CURABLE SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED AND GENITAL INFECTIONS AMONG ANTENATAL WOMEN IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA', in SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS, BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, pp. A27 - A27, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/sextrans-2015-052270.85
2015

Qualifications

Doctor of Philosphy (2015)  Unsafe Abortion and Unsupervised births : Understanding the challenges of Pregnancy and Childbirth in the Rural Highlands of Papua New Guinea. School of Public Health, University of Queensland, Australia.

MSc Maternal and Child Health (2000) Centre for International Child Health, University of London, UK

Dip. Higher Ed Midwifery (1993) University of Plymouth, UK

 

Awards

Teaching Excellence Award (2009) School of Population Health, University of Queensland.

Research Incentive Award (2009) School of Population Health, University of Queensland.

DFID Associate Professional Officer Scheme (1999-2001) professional development and training award (scholarship for MSc and one year in country supervised work experience in Kenya).

Multi-study analysis of stillbirths and contributing factors in Papua New Guinea (NHMRC Stillbirth CRE (project), CI)

Innovative approaches to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes in low-resource settings (NHMRC ECF, CIA)

Developing youth-centred health promotion strategies to prevent and mitigate the adverse health impacts of adolescent pregnancy in Papua New Guinea (NHMRC Project Grant, CIC)

Point-of-care testing and treatment of STIs to improve pregnancy outcomes in resource-limited, high-burden settings (DFID, MRC, Welcome Trust, CI)

Point-of-care diagnosis of STIs to improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in high-burden, low resource settings (NHMRC Project Grant, AI)

Scaling up of Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission services in PNG (UNICEF, AI)

 

International public health, HIV/STI and infectious disease interventions research.