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CEO Young and Well CRC, The University of Melbourne

Associate Professor Jane Burns is the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, having established the $100m initiative in 2010. The organisation brings together the youth and mental health sector in a partnership with young people and many of Australia’s great researchers. Its establishment is a culmination of Jane’s work in suicide and depression prevention and builds on her national and international partnerships with the corporate, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors. The Young and Well CRC’s research explores young people's use of technology and its impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Jane holds a VicHealth Principal Research Fellowship at Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, Centre for Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne and an Honorary Fellowship at the Brain & Mind Research Institute, University of Sydney. She was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. She joined beyondblue: the national depression initiative in its start up phase and established and managed the youth agenda. Jane completed her PhD in Medicine as a National Health and Medical Research Council Scholar at the University of Adelaide.

Jane was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women's Awards and was listed in the Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence in 2012.