​Associate Professor Jane Freemantle

Associate Professor Jane Freemantle holds a Master of Public Health from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the University of Western Australia. Professor Freemantle’s main career focus is as a paediatric epidemiologist working with total population linked data describing Indigenous infants, children and young people and communities, nationally and internationally. Her research has resulted in the development of a unique and a comprehensive, total population mortality profile, describing deaths for all Western Australian live births from 1980-2006 inclusive, using linked population data. She has also reported on the significant associations between previous hospitalization and mortality for this cohort.

She argues that the correct acknowledgement of one’s Indigenous status in statutory and administrative data sets is a ‘human right’. She also emphasizes that unless we have complete and accurate data describing Indigenous populations, we will be unable to identify whether indeed we have successfully ‘closed the gap’ on Indigenous disadvantage. To this end, her particular focus is on ensuring that data that informs policies, strategies and initiatives aimed at reducing the disparities and improving outcomes of the social determinants of health and wellbeing experienced by Indigenous populations are complete and accurate. She is currently leading a program of research that will develop an accurate and complete total population mortality profile of Victoria's Aboriginal (and non-Aboriginal) children born between 1998-2008, using an innovative method and research process, funded by the Australian Research Council. This will enable an accurate baseline from which measure the success of state and national initiatives aimed at reducing the current disparities in health, education and social outcomes experienced by Indigenous populations.

Professor Freemantle is also leading an international consortium that will focus on more accurate and complete reporting on Indigenous child health within an international context.

She also holds a position as Principal Research Fellow within Onemda, the Indigenous Health Research Centre at the University of Melbourne, is an Australian Research Council Australian Research Fellow, Jane also holds an Associate Professor position at the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University Of Western Australia, an honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Victoria, and is an Honorary Research Fellow, Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, University of Western Australia. She is a Chief Investigator on an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (University of Adelaide) and an Associate investigator on an NHMRC Program Grant. She is Fellow of Ormond College and a Life Member of the Public Health Association of Australia.


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