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Jane Burns


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 also 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.

Jane is an industrial girl at heart having grown up in the lead smelting town of Port Pirie in South Australia. She is Mum to three children, Angus, Holly and Harry. She juggles the demands of work and life by running…. everywhere. Her favourite app is RunKeeper and her life passion is driven by a desire to make the world a better place for her children.