Preconception Health Network (PHN)

About Us

The Preconception Health Network (PHN) was set up in 2021 to promote best practice in preconception health promotion and care.

Health status at the time of conception is a predictor of pregnancy outcomes and the future health of parents and children. Optimising health for conception can prevent pregnancy complications and chronic disease later in life for all family members. The vision of the network is that all people of reproductive age will have optimal health and wellbeing to protect their reproductive health, future pregnancies and future health.

The PHN aims to improve preconception health care by promoting collaboration and integration on a national level across the domains of research, policy, consumer engagement, health, social care and advocacy.

The network is led by Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle from Monash University, and Professor Kirsten Black from the University of Sydney. This exciting collaboration welcomes health professionals, health advocates, researchers and community members to get involved. The network aims to include those who are culturally and linguistically diverse, living with a disability, gender diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

For more information or to get involved, email

Upcoming Publications:

Preconception Health (Special Edition), Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
The PHN will co-edit this special edition, to be published in 2022, which will bring together research from experts around the world who are focused on equity of access to preconception health. 

Scoping Review of Preconception Health Guidelines in Australia 
To be published in 2022.


PHN Inaugural Event

The PHN inaugural event was held in July 2021 to introduce key members, set priorities and develop a plan for the network's initial activities.

The event included a workshop and delphi process to co-design research priorities, which involved a wide range of Victorian stakeholders from social care, medicine, nursing and midwifery, research, government and not for profit organisations, as well as consumers.