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Professor Jane Farmer

Director, Swinburne Social Innovation Research Institute


Jane Farmer is Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute at Swinburne. She has a distinguished track record of research in rural health services, innovations in health workforce and technology, community participation, coproduction and social enterprise.  Addressing disadvantage and social and health inequity is central to her research activity.

Professor Farmer is currently leading an Australia Research Council Discovery Project examining the impact of social enterprise on regional city disadvantage. She is involved as a research partner in other ARC-funded Discovery and Linkage projects including on increasing inclusion in rural, generalist health services and on youth health improvement through social enterprise. She is also leading an ARC LIEF Grant on "Linked semantic platforms for social & physical infrastructure & wellbeing". Past projects include the NHMRC-funded Engaging Communities in Oral Health project, in which communities in Victoria and Queensland designed initiatives, services and new products and processes aimed at improving poor rural oral health. She has also led large international multidisciplinary, multi-site projects such as O4O: Older People for Older People, a five-country, European-Union funded project that examined older people’s involvement in establishing rural social enterprises to provide basic health and social care.

Professor Farmer 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, followed by senior research leadership positions at La Trobe until 2016. She has led or participated in several studies in rural maternity care, community hospitals and rural health services that informed Scottish government policy.

Research interests

Public and Environmental Health; Aged care; Entrepreneurship; Innovation; Social enterprise; Social impact; Service Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Public Health And Health Services - 111700
  • Policy And Administration - 160500


Also published as: Farmer, Jane; Farmer, J.
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