Adjunct Research Fellow, Swinburne University of Technology

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.


  • 2016–present
    Adjunct Research Fellow, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University
  • 2012–2013
    Adjunct Research Associate, Centre for Community Networking Research, Monash University
  • 2011–2012
    Research Officer, School of Education, Victoria University
  • 2012–2012
    Adjunct Fellow, Centre for Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University
  • 2008–2011
    Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA), Victoria University
  • 2006–2008
    Administrative and Communication Officer, Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA), Victoria University
  • 2004–2006
    Project Officer, Institute for Community, Ethnicity and Policy Alternatives (ICEPA), Victoria University


  • 2006 
    Deakin University, PhD
  • 1999 
    Deakin University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours)


  • 2014
    Aged care, cultural and linguistic diversity and IT in Australia: a critical perspective, International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care
  • 2014
    Intercultural crossings in a digital age: ICT pathways with migrant and refugee-background youth, Race Ethnicity and Education
  • 2012
    Social media, digital video and health promotion in a culturally and linguistically diverse Australi, Health Promotion International
  • 2012
    Cutting With Rhythm: The Backbeat of Ben Joss, Screen Education
  • 2011
    Digital Technology, Diabetes and CALD Communities: A Case Study with Elderly Vietnamese Women, Health Education Journal

Grants and Contracts

  • 2011
    Trustworthy Technology Exchanges: An Intergenerational Samoan Australian Social Media Project
    Adjunct Fellow
    Funding Source:
    Telematics Trust
  • 2010
    Promoting Using ICT for Chronic Disease Self-Management by CALD Communities
    Project Coordinator
    Funding Source:
    Department of Health and Ageing
  • 2009
    Access and Use of ICT for Communicating Health and Wellbeing Messages with CALD Communities
    Research Fellow
    Funding Source:

Research Areas

  • 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)