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Professor Jenny Martin

Professor of Social Work


Jenny Martin is well experienced in the fields of mental health and wellbeing, aging and disability as a social work researcher, educator and practitioner. Current research is focused on social inclusion and improving health and human services for better health and wellbeing outcomes. This is often through co-design methodology that involves service users and carers as research collaborators. Current and recent projects include adult-elder mediation and advance planning, a strengths approach to ageing well, climate-related stress and farmer wellbeing, evidence-based therapeutic interventions with Australian adolescents with alcohol and other drug issues, culturally safe services, information communication technology to assist vulnerable young parents, youth mental health literacy and independent mental health advocacy. 
She is a founding member of Evidence Translation in Allied Health (EviTAH). EviTAH, a partnership between allied health academics, policy makers, clinicians and managers which aims to facilitate use of evidence to inform allied health practice and service delivery models. This involves the completion of a series of research projects that develop tools, guidelines, new research approaches to better understand evidence translation. This is in partnership with Monash University, Monash Health, LaTrobe University, Healthscope, Eastern Health, Alfred Health, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Western Health, Peninsula Health, Swinburne University and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and is supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council at:
Research into workforce development in social work, mental health and aged care focuses on issues of access and equity highlighting the importance of translational research to inform practice outcomes and the importance of communicating this in reputable peer reviewed publications as well as to policy makers and in practice forums. Jenny Martin is regarded as an expert in the fields of social work and human services education, mental health and wellbeing, ageing and conflict management and health and human services future workforce and service development.
Jenny is currently an elected member of Office of the Public Advocate Community Visitors Mental Health Board and is panel secretary for community visits to three public mental health services. She has provided input into the Royal Commissions into Aged Care and Mental Health and is a strong advocate for consumer and carer voice and social change. Jenny is a member of the Social Work Board of Studies at Charles Sturt University She represents the discipline of social work on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services Allied Health Therapy Research Network and was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Allied Health Research Conference held in Melbourne this year. 

Postgraduate supervision in progress:
2019- Jean Palagi-Gunstone: Integrated Retirement Communities: Choice and Decision Making for Seniors (PhD, Swinburne University –  Primary-supervisor with
          Bruno Mascitelli)
2019- Tania Ciotti: 
Working title: Comportment, Contention, and Conflict: Identity and Role Dynamics Facing Human Service Practitioners in Cross-Cultural and
           Cross-Worldview Practice Contexts  (Swinburne University – Associate supervisor with Bruno Mascitelli (iPhD – Associate supervisor)
2019- John Fallon: Life writing, dementia and wellbeing (PhD, Swinburne University – Associate supervisor with Sunil Bhar)
2018- Muhammad Adnan Qureshi: What socio-cultural factors in Pakistan affect homosexual men's knowledge of HIV/AIDS? (Swinburne University – Associate
          supervisor with Peter Robinson, PhD)

- Samuel Teague: Mental health, violence and media reporting (PhD – Swinburne University - Co-supervisor) - under examination
2016- Kellie Grant: Risk and decision-making in allied health (PhD – Monash University – Co-supervisor)
2015- Haylee Lane: Equity and decision-making in allied health (PhD – Monash University – Co-supervisor) - under examination
2015- Fatih Bodzemir: Basin Based Conflict Management Approach in Land and Water Resources in Turkey (PhD – RMIT University – Co-supervisor, Primary until October, 2017)

Postgraduate supervision timely completions:
2018     Peter King: Borderline Personality Disorder: Policy and practice (PhD – RMIT University in submission process – (PhD – Co-supervisor, Primary until
             October, 2017)
Lee Koffman: Non-facial scarring body image and mental health (PhD – RMIT University – Primary supervisor)
2012     Nirmala Abraham: Newly emerging communities and issues for cross cultural practice (Masters – RMIT University – Primary supervisor)
2009    Marcel Koper: Professional supervision in the alcohol and other drugs sector (Masters – RMIT University – Primary supervisor)
2008    Lothar Wahl: Mental health of adolescents in out of home care (Masters – RMIT University – Primary supervisor)
2008    Selma McFarlane: Psycho-social rehabilitation in mental health residential services (PhD – RMIT University – Co-supervisor)
2002   Ndungai wa Mungai: Issues facing asylum seekers without income support (Masters – RMIT University – Primary supervisor)

Funded research:
2018-2019 Doing better for vulnerable young parents and their children (CI with Lead CI Kay Cook and others at Swinburne University and partners Family Life and Life Without Borders). 
2017-18 Best practice models for therapeutic alcohol and other drug interventions with Tasmanian Adolescents: A systematic literature review (Lead CI with CIs Marg Liddell, RMIT University; Susan Roberts and Emily Greenwood at Swinburne University and partner Salvation Army Tasmania).
2017-18 Research and evaluation of Victoria Legal Aid’s Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) program (CI with Lead CI Chris Maylea, RMIT and Vicotrian Legal Aid).
2017-18 Research and Evaluation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for Aboriginal youth using services provided by the Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency (Lead  CI with VACCA).
2016-2018 Experiences of carers of LGBTIQ people diagnosed with a mental illness (Lead CI with Anne Muldowney:  Senior Policy Advisor/ Carers Victoria, Gabriel Aleksandrs:  Policy Advisor/ Carers Victoria, & Meredith Butler: LGBTI Education and Training/ Carers Victoria).
2016-2021 A Partnership for Evidence-Based Resource Allocation and Enhanced Research Translation in Allied Health (CI with Lead CI Professor Terry Haines – Monash University and others) NHMRC (Application ID:  APP1114210).
2014-2015 Using 3D simulation environment to enhance patient care, student communication skills and interdisciplinary learning across multiple healthcare disciplines (PI with CI Charlotte Sale – Barwon Health and Health Workforce Australia). Project ID:  FA-2013-019.
2013  Embedding 3D simulation into curriculum: Developing, integrating and sharing web-based resources for simulated learning (CI with Jenny Sim RMIT).  
2013  Ageing and micro-industry (CI with Siva Muthaly – RMIT, Law).
2012    Using 3D simulation environment to enhance student communication skills and Interdisciplinary learning across multiple disciplines, (CI with Jenny Sim –RMIT Health Sciences).
2011    Best Practice in Aged and Disability Services for Newly Emerging Communities (Lead CI with Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre).
2010    Social Work and Continuing Practice Development in Focused Psychological Strategies (Lead CI with Australian Association of Social Workers).
2009    Closing the Gap between the Wellbeing of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth: A Comparative Case Study (CI with Manfred Steger – RMIT Global Studies) Australian Research Council Linkage grant, Application no: LP0991260 (Collaborating Partner: Unity Foundation): $236,194.
2009    Innovative use of Information Communication Technology in learning and teaching to enhance Work Integrated Learning experiences in RMIT Vietnam (Lead CI with Damian Tan – RMIT Engineering).
2009    The Student Wellbeing project (PI with Lead CI Andrea Chester – RMIT Psychology).

Membership of Editorial Boards:
Editor in Chief: Advances in Human Services and Public Health series books to be commissioned between 2017-2020.
Informing Science (past member of Editorial Board)
Australian Social Work (past member of Editorial Board)
 Reviewer of Articles for the following Journals:
Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Advances in Social Work Education
Australian Social Work
Child and Family Social Work
Informing Science
International Social Work
International Journal of Nursing
International Journal of Educational Research
Journal of Public Health
As well as conducting reviews for local and international journals Jenny also conducted numerous reviews for national and international conferences on social work, learning and teaching, mental health and wellbeing, substance use and misuse and human computer interaction.

Research interests

Aged care; Aged care; Carers in LGBTI Community; Young people and substance missuse and abuse; Allied health and risk in decision-making; Aboriginal young people in out of home care; Suicide and self-harm; Supported decision-making; Mental health advocacy; Mental health prevention; Mental health service design and delivery; Human rights; Disability; Ecosystem services

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

  • Mental Health - 111714
  • Social Work - 160700

Teaching areas

Social work;Mental health and wellbeing;Conflict management and mediation;Substance misuse and offending;Sociology of Health


Also published as: Martin, Jenny; Martin, J.; Martin, Jennifer; Martin, J. M.; Martin, Jennifer M.; Martin, Jenny M.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Evaluation of the Victorian Spinal Community Integration Service (SCIS) (RFQ) *; Transport Accident Commission
  • 2020: Occupational safety and workers' rights among new working age immigrants: The role of settlement organizations *; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada - Partnership Grants
  • 2020: Social media analysis for the identification of risky drinking cultures *; Access Health and Community Funds Scheme
  • 2018: Doing better for vulnerable young parents and their children: an exploration of how the use of technology could catalyse system transformation *; FamilyLife_FL
  • 2017: A Partnership for Evidence-Based Resource Allocation and Enhanced Research Translation in Allied Health *; NHMRC Partnership Project
  • 2017: Best practice for therapeutic recovery from alcohol and other drugs for Australian youth aged 12-18 years: A systematic Australian literature review *; The Salvation Army (Tasmania) Property Trust
  • 2017: Evaluation Consultancy Services to VLA on Improvements to the IMHA *; VICTORIA LEGAL AID
  • 2017: Research and Evaluation of a DBT Training model for Aboriginal youth using VACCA's services *; Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency

* Chief Investigator

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