Ben O'Mara is as an Adjunct Research Fellow in Media and Communications, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University. He also works as a freelance writer based in Canberra and Melbourne, Australia.
Ben writes for academic and general audiences. He has worked in university research for over ten years, including as a post doctoral research fellow, tutor and research officer. More recently, he has delivered communication, training and evaluation projects on smoking cessation for the health and homelessness sectors, as well as research into preventing harm caused by alcohol and other drugs in Australia.
Ben's main areas of expertise are in health communication, cultural and linguistic diversity, smoking cessation and alcohol and other drug dependence. His postdoctoral research explored opportunities and challenges in using information technology for health communication with people from refugee and migrant backgrounds in Melbourne's west.
Ben is an author of journal articles for Health Promotion International, Health Education Journal, Race, Ethnicity and Education Journal and International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care. He has presented on his work at numerous conferences, including the World Congress on Public Health, and World Cancer Congress.
Adjunct Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University
Adjunct Research Associate, Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University
Research Officer, School of Education, Victoria University
Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA), Victoria University
Administrative and Communication Officer, Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA), Victoria University
Project Officer, Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA), Victoria University
Deakin University, PhD
Deakin University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Aged care, cultural and linguistic diversity and IT in Australia: a critical perspective, International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
Intercultural crossings in a digital age: ICT pathways with migrant and refugee-background youth, Race Ethnicity and Education
Social media, digital video and health promotion in a culturally and linguistically diverse Australi, Health Promotion International
Cutting With Rhythm: The Backbeat of Ben Joss, Screen Education
Digital Technology, Diabetes and CALD Communities: A Case Study with Elderly Vietnamese Women, Health Education Journal
Grants and Contracts
Trustworthy Technology Exchanges: An Intergenerational Samoan Australian Social Media Project
Promoting Using ICT for Chronic Disease Self-Management by CALD Communities
Department of Health and Ageing
Access and Use of ICT for Communicating Health and Wellbeing Messages with CALD Communities
Communication Technology And Digital Media Studies (200102)
Public Health And Health Services (1117)
Performing Arts And Creative Writing (1904)
Multicultural, Intercultural And Cross Cultural Studies (200209)