Ms Jessica Botfield & Dr Caroline Lenette – Qualitative research on sexual and reproductive health, and innovative research methods with migrant and refugee communities

Event date
Tuesday 16th October 2018
Event time
1:00 PM
Event address
Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney


Berg Family Foundation Seminar Room, Level 6, Wallace Wurth Building, Kensington Campus, UNSW Sydney

Contact for enquiries 

Rata Joseph, +61 (2) 9385 0900 or

Kirby Institute Seminar Series presents

Ms Jessica Botfield  

Ms Jessica Botfield

Doctoral candidate, UNSW Sydney; Senior Research Officer, Family Planning NSW

Jessica Botfield is a doctoral candidate at UNSW Sydney, and a Senior Research Officer at Family Planning NSW. She focuses on qualitative research and evaluation in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region. Prior to this she worked as a Research Associate with the Health, Rights and Development team at the UNSW School of Social Sciences, with a focus on global health and development research. Jessica has a background in sexual health nursing and public health.

Twitter: @jess_botfield

Dr Caroline Lenette  

Dr Caroline Lenette

Senior Lecturer, School of Social Sciences, UNSW Sydney

Caroline Lenette’s work focuses on arts-based methods in collaborative, participatory research promoting the mental health and wellbeing of people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds, particularly resettled refugee women. Caroline is interested in the socio-cultural meanings that people articulate about their own wellbeing, particularly through creative means and social justice-focussed research.



Engaging migrant and refugee young people with sexual and reproductive health care
Ms Jessica Botfield

Young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are often considered to be a marginalised population who are not well engaged with sexual and reproductive health services. In this presentation, I will discuss my doctoral research in Western Sydney which explored these issues through interviews with key informants and young migrants and refugees. This included 'walking interviews' through which young people shared their views on particular health services. This presentation draws together key findings from the research, with a particular focus on themes relating to negotiating multiple dimensions of identity, keeping secrets, and building trust in service settings.

What can arts-based methods bring to refugee research on health and wellbeing?
Dr Caroline Lenette

I discuss how arts-based methods are increasingly used to convey sociocultural understandings of health and wellbeing in refugee research. Methods like digital storytelling or community music have opened up new opportunities to explore health concepts via collaborative research and in ways that are meaningful to participants as co-creators of knowledge.