Dr Sethunya Matenge

PhD Candidate


Sethunya Matenge is a PhD candidate at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy within the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University. Her research focuses on the intersection between gender and governance in health and identifying best practices to promoting women’s participation in formal health leadership and decision-making in low-and middle-income countries. She is particularly interested in gender transformative programming in tackling structural causes of inequality to advance women’s participation.

Between November 2020 to June 2021 Sethunya was on secondment to the Australian Government Department of Health where she was working as an Action Researcher with the COVID-19 Primary Care Response Group. This included undertaking rapid reviews and evidence synthesis to help inform the COVID-19 policy response. Prior to undertaking her PhD, she gained a Master of Public Health from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Medicine from The University of Newcastle, Australia. She has experience working in clinical medicine and public health in diverse contexts including Australia, Botswana and the Solomon Islands.


Research interests

  • Gender and governance in health
  • Health systems, governance, and policy research
  • International development policy and research
  • Population health, and global health


  • Women in Global Health Australia
  • Public Health Association of Australia
  • Australian Harvard Women
  • Harvard Club of Australia


Matenge S, Sutarsa IN, Lancsar E. Effectiveness of donor supported leadership development interventions intended to promote women’s leadership in health in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review. Journal of Development Effectiveness. 2022 DOI: 10.1080/19439342.2022.2137732

Parkinson A, Matenge S, Desborough J, Hall Dykgraaf S, Ball L, Wright M, Sturgiss E, Kidd M. The impact of COVID-19 on chronic disease management in primary care: lessons for Australia from the international experience. The Medical Journal of Australia. 2022. DOI: 10.5694/mja2.51497

Sturgiss E, Desborough J, Hall Dykgraaf S, Matenge S, et al. Digital health to support primary care provision during a global pandemic. Australian Health Review. 2022 DOI: 10.1071/AH21263

Sturgiss E, Dut G, Matenge S, Desborough J, Hall Dykgraaf S, Mazza D, Kidd M. COVID-19 and access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for young people: an overview of the international literature and policy. Australian Journal of General Practice. 2022, Vol 51, No 4

Matenge S, Sturgiss E, Desborough J, Hall Dykgraaf S, Dut G, Kidd M. Ensuring the continuation of routine primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic: a review of the international literature. Family Practice. 2021

Hall Dykgraaf S, Matenge S, Desborough J, Sturgiss E, Dut G, Roberts L, McMillan A, Kidd M. Protecting Nursing Homes and Long-Term Care Facilities From COVID-19: A Rapid Review of International Evidence. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2021, vol 22, issue 10. pp. 1969-1988

Matenge S, Freeman B, Quinn E, Gupta L. Print media coverage of Ebola Virus Disease, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome and pertussis. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. 2017, vol 41, issue 3. pp. 320-321