Alumni raise awareness of cervical cancer and adolescent sexual and reproductive health

According to the 2015 census, 20 percent of Timor-Leste’s population are adolescents aged 10 to 19, and nearly 42 percent are aged 15 to 24. But many lack information about their sexual and reproductive health.


Australia Awards alumni Dr Triana Corte-Real de Oliveira and Umbelina Rodrigues are passionate about raising awareness of sexual and reproductive health issues affecting women and girls in Timor-Leste.

On 23rd October they presented a combination of Masters research and insights gained from working in sexual and reproductive health to an invited audience of health professionals, education decision-makers and civil society representatives.

Triana’s findings revealed the information needed for parents and their daughters to accept the HPV cervical cancer vaccine and comes at a time when the Ministry of Health is planning a national cervical cancer immunization program.

Ms Rodrigues who works for Australia’s @PartnershipforHumanDevelopmentProgram and studied for her masters at Flinders University outlined the risks to female adolescents of early pregnancy and HIV.

Congratulations to Dr Triana and Ms Umbelina for their excellent contribution to this important topic. For a copy of the showcase presentations please email

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