Head, La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University

Professor Jane Farmer is Associate Dean of Research & Strategic Projects and based at Bendigo & Melbourne campuses of La Trobe University. She was previously Head of the La Trobe Rural Health School (2010-13) where she oversaw growth of regional health sciences students from around 600 to 2300, with students involved in 13 different health and human services courses. Jane came to La Trobe from Scotland where she was Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Health Research & Policy, a jointly run research institute between two universities, University of Aberdeen and University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI).

Jane’s current research interests are around new and adapted roles in rural health workforce, including the role of communities in co-designing and co-producing health services.

Jane has written extensively on rural health services and led ground-breaking projects around working with communities to produce health services, including a 5-country European Union (EU) funded project on community health co-production which won an EU RegioStars award. Another project on community participation – Remote Service Futures – won a Scottish Government innovation award.


  • –present
    Head, La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University


  • 1999 
    Robert Gordon University, PhD
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