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Jane Gunn

Deputy Dean
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
Mental Health
Physical mental multimorbidity
Randomised Controlled Trials
Multi-method research
Women's Health
Health Services Research
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
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Jane Gunn

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
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Jane Gunn


Professor Jane Gunn is a distinguished academic general practitioner and inaugural Chair of Primary Care Research at The University of Melbourne where she is also Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences. Her leadership has raised the profile and rigour of primary care research in Australia.

Jane’s trailblazing research into the complex interplay between mental and physical health led to her appointment as Inaugural Visiting Professor to the Scottish School of Primary Care (2009-2012) to be part of an international team investigating multiple long-term physical health problems (Multimorbidity). Her input into that work began the focus on mental-physical multimorbidity and has led to influential publications that have influenced policy.

Since beginning her academic career Jane has traversed the research-practice gap. She has played key leadership roles in reforming healthcare beginning with her work in shared maternity care (1992-2003) and cervical screening (1999-2006) programs which included award-winning programs spanning medical and nursing student training. Since then she has focussed her efforts on transforming mental health care in the primary care setting, focusing on depression and multimorbidity and establishing a successful multi-disciplinary research team to progress this work.

Her research harnesses the patient experience in order to drive health care reform. To date she has over 200 peer reviewed publications and her research has attracted more than $44m in funding. She has demonstrated scientific leadership establishing one of the largest and longest running cohort studies (diamond study) of people experiencing depressive symptoms in primary care which is unique in the way it encompasses the wide spectrum of depressive disorder and uses a social model of health to collect data crossing the biopsychosocial spectrum which forms the basis of much productive international collaboration. The diamond cohort has completed 10-year follow-up. This flagship research project has been funded continuously via NHMRC Project Grants.
Jane has made a consistent and outstanding personal contribution to health services research and applied clinical research in the primary care setting. Her internationally acclaimed research program in depression in primary care has influenced the national rollout of Stepped Mental Healthcare and she co-leads the national evaluation of this. Her creative approach to research has seen her develop successful collaborations with primary care researchers, social scientists, neuroscientists, software engineers and mathematicians from the UK, New Zealand, Canada, Hong Kong and the USA. This work has been at the cutting edge of research development in areas such as gene-environment interactions and the use of sophisticated data analytic techniques. This research has provided a platform to develop a clinical prediction tool (CPT) which assists primary care to provide tailored treatment recommendations for people experiencing depression. This CPT has been tested in a NHMRC funded RCT and has formed the basis of a national trial funded by the Australian Government (Link-me) which sets the scene for transformation of the delivery of mental health care in the primary care setting. The promising nature of the Link-me trial is referred to in Draft Finding 5.1 of the recent Productivity Commission report.


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Scholarly Works

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships


Bridges-Webb Medal

Australian Association for Academic General Practice


The Norman Curry Award (Award for Innovation and Excellence in Support of and Service to Teaching and Learning)

The University of Melbourne


Alan Chancellor Prize

Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


FRACGP - Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners





Deputy Dean

Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences


General Practice


The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Ordinary Member

Australian Association for Academic General Practice


Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Doctor of Philosophy

University of Melbourne

Diploma in Obstetrics

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

University of Melbourne