PROF Jane Gunn

PROF Jane Gunn


  • Depression and mental health
  • Health system reform
  • Multimorbidity (Physical mental multimorbidity)
  • Primary Care and General Practice (Mental Health, Randomised Controlled Trials, Multi-method research, Women's Health, Health Services Research)



  • Professor Jane Gunn is Professor and Foundation Chair of Primary Care Research. Prof Gunn is a general practitioner and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. She completed her PhD in 1998. In 2009, she was appointed to the National Health and Medical Research Council Research Committee.

    She leads a research program into mental health; focussing in particular on depression and multimorbidity. Her research harnesses the patient experience to drive health care reform. She is committed to person centred health care which places primary care at the centre of an integrated health care system.

    In 2005 Professor Gunn established the diamond cohort study. Diamond has documented the experiences and outcomes of depression in primary care for the past decade. This research is one of the most comprehensive data sets of its type in the world and is the basis of much productive international collaboration.

    Professor Gunn has developed a clinical prediction tool to provide tailored treatment recommendations for people experiencing depression. This tool is delivered using an App designed to be used in the primary care setting. It links people to proven online eMental health and face to face treatments for depression. It is being tested in a NHMRC funded randomised controlled trial.   


Member of

  • Australian Association for Academic General Practice. Ordinary Member 1991 -
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Member 1991 -


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1998
  • DipObst, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists 1991
  • MBBS, University of Melbourne 1987

Awards and honors

  • Bridges-Webb Medal, Australian Association for Academic General Practice, 2008
  • The Norman Curry Award (Award for Innovation and Excellence in Support of and Service to Teaching and Learning), The University of Melbourne, 2004
  • Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 1994
  • Alan Chancellor Prize, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 1991



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am always interested to hear from students wishing to undertake a research Masters or PhD degree in my areas of interest: primary care depression care; multimorbidity; mental health in primary care.

    I do not usually have funding for students, but I am interested in students who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships in my area of interest. You may be eligible for a scholarship from the University of Melbourne (see for details).

    My research area requires students with a high level of commitment, a passion for primary care and outstanding verbal and written communication skills. Students are required to read deeply around their topic and to have excellent literacy and numeracy skills.

    I receive many emails from prospective students. I will do my best to respond to emails that are relevant to my research expertise and that include a CV, written statement about why you want to study with me and an example of written work that you have authored.