Professor Jennifer May AM is Director of the University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH). Jenny’s role encompasses oversight of undergraduate teaching activities, research and evaluation in medicine and allied health disciplines across the University of Newcastle rural footprint.
The UONDRH also supports postgraduate training and retention of the rural workforce. Her research interests include new models of general practice in rural and remote areas, and primary health care integration.
Her area of PHD study was related to regional centre medical workforce including both specialists and GPs. She works at Peel Health Care, a not-for-profit general practice in Tamworth, NSW.
She holds fellowships of both the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian College of Rural and Remote medicine. Jenny is also the Rural Doctors Association of Australia (RDAA) representative on the National Rural Health Alliance.
She has been involved in numerous committees and working parties around rural health issues, and is on the Commonwealth Government advisory group on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ANACAD).
Jenny has lived and worked in the New England area since 1984 with a five year sojourn in remote Western Australia’s Pilbara, and a year’s work in a remote Indigenous community in British Columbia, Canada in 2004. She was named Telstra RDAA Rural Doctor of the Year in November 2014.