Professor Cathy Vaughan is Co-Director of the Centre for Health Equity and Head of the Gender and Womens Health Unit at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the impact of intersecting inequalities on health, and in particular on the ways inequalities shape experiences of gender-based violence and the effectiveness of violence prevention and response initiatives. She has extensive experience using qualitative and participatory methods to work with communities and groups including migrant and refugee women, women with disability, faith communities and young people in Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Prior to shifting to academia, Cathy was a global health and development practitioner, working to strengthen the use of research in the design, implementation and evaluation of health programs in settings across Asia and the Pacific. Cathy co-leads the kNOwVAWdata course to strengthen capacity to conduct safe, ethical and rigorous research on violence against women in low and middle income countries; is Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Womens Health; is a member of the National Womens Health Advisory Council; and leads the Co-Design and Implementation Effectiveness node of the Methods and Implementation Support for Clinical and Health research hub (MISCH) at The University of Melbourne.