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The Learning Repro Study: Understanding of reproduction and reproductive health in young people

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Health Sciences, Humanities
Host campus
PhD, Master’s


A basic understanding of reproductive biology and reproductive health is essential for all young people as they navigate diverse issues related to menstrual health, sexual health, contraception and fertility. The consequences of lacking this understanding can be life-long for both the individual and their whānau, and are linked with societal and economic costs. While reproduction is taught in the school curriculum as Sexuality Education, published studies and anecdotal reports from local teaching staff suggest that students leave school with inconsistent and limited knowledge obtained from various (and sometimes dubious) sources. Potential MSc and PhD projects are available to explore the extent and limitations of reproductive knowledge in young people from Aotearoa New Zealand. The aims could include identifying the gaps and barriers to knowledge and the development of programs/tools that could address those gaps as a means to facilitate improved understanding and well being in our young adults both at University and in the broader community.


Jane Girling