About the Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health

 The Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health is an independent publication of the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health (PSRH) Charitable Trust and administered by the Pacific Women's Health Research Group, University of Otago. The Journal began publishing in 2015 as a means to increase research evidence from the Pacific region with assistance from research collaborations in the Pacific-rim countries.

The Journal is also to provide a platform for evidence dissemination for researchers and clinicians from the Pacific and Pacific-rim countries.

The Journal welcomes manuscripts from all areas of reproductive health (family planning, contraception, obstetrics and gynaecology, midwifery, pregnancy, labour, postnatal period, socio-economic, cultural and mental health indicators affecting reproductive health, gender-based violence, cost-effectiveness, workforce and professional development). We prefer manuscripts that have the potential to inform clinical practice and policy decisions in the low-resource setting. We will publish original research, literature reviews, perspectives, short articles, clinical audit, journal/magazine article commentaries, letters to the editor. We will add sections in the future to address our readers’ needs, so we welcome your feedback. Please refer to instructions for authors for a full explanation of the Journal’s scope.

All manuscripts are peer-reviewed by experts in the field to ensure robustness in methods and interpretation of findings. All authors should read the Information for Authors. We will offer limited assistance to new authors, but we expect established authors to follow the Journal’s guidelines.

The Journal has an ISSN registered with the New Zealand National Library and as a member of Cross-Ref, all published articles have a DOI, which is disseminated by Google Scholar within three days of publication. An application for membership of PubMed/Medline will be made at the publication of the 10th issue. All manuscripts published before registration with PubMed will be registered retrospectively.

Disclaimer: The Publisher, PSRH and Editors cannot be held responsible for error or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in the Journal. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily from those of the Publisher, PSRH and Editors.

Address for correspondence:


Pacific Journal of Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Women's Health, University of Otago, Wellington | Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo, Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara, PO Box 7343 | Wellington South | New Zealand. P: 04 385 5864 |  04 918 6617 | M: +64 212767975 | E: alec.ekeroma@otago.ac.nz Wellington, NZ. 


Submissions through the Journal Portal are preferred although those residing in countries with limited internet access can email them to the Journal Manager. Letters to the Editor are welcomed.


The Journal is a member of Cross-Ref, and all accepted are indexed in Google Scholar within 48 hours of publication. The Journal will seek indexing with other Directories once it has published its 10th issue. All manuscripts are published in the PSRH website as well.


Prof Alec Ekeroma, MBBS, DipObs, MBA, FRCOG, FRANZCOG, MInsD, PhD

Journal Founder; Head of Department, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand; alec.ekeroma@otago.ac.nz



The Editorial Board comprise renowned and active reproductive health clinicians, researchers, academics and health policy experts from the Pacific region.

Prof. Caroline Homer, OA, RM MN MedSc(ClinEpi) PhD.

Caroline Homer is Professor and the Director of the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health, Director of Midwifery Studies and the Associate Dean for International and Development in the Faculty of Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

A/Prof Angela Kelly-Hanku

Chandra Dayal


Dr Diane  Sika-Paotonu


A/Prof Tim Kenealy, PhD MBCHB DipObs FRNZCGP

Timothy Kenealy is Associate Professor of Integrated Care, based at the South Auckland Clinical School. He has worked as a GP in South Auckland for over 25 years. His academic interests were triggered by seeing a great many people with inadequately managed and controlled diabetes. 

Dr John Bolnga


A/Prof Nicola Hawley PhD

Nicola Hawley is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at Yale University. Dr Hawley’s research focuses broadly on understanding how maternal and child health are impacted by rising levels of obesity and diabetes in developing countries.

A/Prof Swaran Naidu FRANZCOG

Swaran Naidu is an A/Professor at the Fiji National University Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. She has worked as a consultant obstetrician gynaecologist in Australia where she performed and published research on the menopause.

A/Prof Shanti Raman MBBS FRACP MAE PhD

Shanti is a Consultant Paediatrician, with sub-specialty training in Community Paediatrics, epidemiology and public health. Her research and teaching interests include global maternal, newborn and child health, child rights and child maltreatment, the health of migrants and refugees, poverty, indigenous child health, and quality and safety in health.  She is currently the clinical lead for Child Protection services in South Western Sydney as well as the Consultant Community Paediatrician for Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation in far west New South Wales. An academic clinician at the University of Sydney Australia.


Journal Manager

Dr Theresa Mittermeier, MBChB, DipOG, DipPaeds.

Theresa graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Auckland with Distinction in 2012. She is training to be an obstetrician gynaecologist. She has postgraduate qualifications in paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology. mailto:theresa.mittermeier@psrh.org.nz