Professor Jane Farmer

Director, Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute

Jane Farmer is Professor of Health & Social Innovation and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, where she commenced in July 2016. Prior to this, she was Associate Pro Vice Chancellor, Research at La Trobe University, Melbourne.

Jane has a distinguished track record of research in rural health services, innovations in health workforce and technology, community participation, coproduction and social enterprise. She has over 100 publications, including an edited book Community CoProduction (Edward Elgar, 2012). Jane has led large multidisciplinary, multi-site projects including O4O: Older People for Older People, a 5 country European-Union funded project that examined older peoples’ involvement in establishing rural social enterprises to provide basic health and social care (2008-10). She has led projects that have impacted on policy in Scotland, including Remote Service Futures, a project where rural communities worked with health managers to explore design of future services. She led or participated in, several studies in rural maternity care, community hospitals and rural health services that informed Scottish government policy. In Australia, she has led several projects involving community participation and co-production including a NHMRC Partnership Project Rural ECOH (Engaging Communities in Oral Health) where communities in Victoria and Queensland designed initiatives, services and new products and processes aimed at improving poor rural oral health.
Jane worked in Scotland as Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Health Research at University of the Highlands and Islands from 2006-10 and was then Head of the La Trobe University Rural Health School in Bendigo, Victoria from 2010-13. Jane has conducted research and consultancy in Scotland and Australia for governments, philanthropic organisations and research councils.

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