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Dr Janette Young 

Position: Program Director: Health Sciences Dr Janette Young
Division/Portfolio: Division of Health Sciences
School/Unit: School of Health Sciences
Campus: City East Campus
Office: P4-15D
Telephone: +61 8 830 22616
Email: janette_dot_young_at_unisa_dot_edu_dot_au
URL for Business Card: http://people.unisa.edu.au/janette.young

Other Contacts

If you are a current student, please direct any initial program enquiries to Campus Central. : 1300 301 703

If you are a prospective student, please direct your enquiry to Future Student Enquiries.: 1300 UNINOW (864 669)

I am currently Program Director for the Bachelor of Health Sciences. This program is a great program for anyone with a general interest in health, particularly health as a societal issue - why are some groups of people more likely to become ill or undertake health risking behaviour? And how might we go about creating a healthy society for all? Graduates can progress to a number of pathways including Health Promotion, Research, Health Administration, and post graduate health professions (study). The program is only a few years old however, so who knows what creative and engaged graduates might pursue!

I teach in the area of "health is more than bodies" - health promotion and health as a political and politicised field. While these areas may sound as exciting as watching grass grow (!) in fact ideas and the way we think about things are incredibly powerful. For me "health promotion" offers creative edges on thinking about health; beyond merely aiming to increase length of life to how we think of health as justice, creativity and thriving.

I have a particular interest in mental health and wellbeing and have two areas of interest that have begun to develop. One is the relationship between pets and mental health with my aim being to identify how/if we can better integrate pets into Australian society as a means of promoting mental health for those people for whom this is health promoting. The other is around the how religious (christian) communities impact on peoples lives. Such communities are core to civil society, and religiosity is recognised as a protective factor for mental wellbeing. However my own experiences of ebb and flow in these communities raises questions such as who stays within such communities over extended periods of time, what keeps these people engaged over time, especially when there is major unrest in the community the are part of. A more nuanced understanding of such experiences will deepen out understanding of this aspect of civic society.

In my past life I have been a social worker working in aged care, and a Senior Project Officer for the state government working on issues such as domestic violence, homelessness, prisoner health, primary health care, education pathways, community capacity, and whatever else came my way.

Links to other sites

Australian Health Promotion Association

I teach the following courses

HLTH 1040Health Concepts, Services and Trends
HLTH 1041Health Promotion (Theory and Concepts)
HLTH 2023Project Management for Health Promotion
HLTH 3048Health & Well-being Industry Placement
EDUC 2044Principles and Practices of Evaluation

Professional associations

Australian Health Promotion Association President (SA Branch) 2014 to present


PhD (2009) University of South Australia

Master of Public Administration (Management) (2001-2004) The Flinders University of South Australia

Bachelor of Social Work (1985 to 1989) South Australian Institute of Technology

Research interests

  • Human : Animal intersection
  • -Pets and Mental Health
  • -Pets and older people
  • Critical systems and complexity thinking
  • Civic society as a resource
  • Leisure : non-leisure intersection

Research publications

Young, J., McGrath, R. & Adams, C. (2015) Developing and refining a participatory educative model with Health Science students – A case study of practice, Participatory Educational Research, June, pp.61-73

Janette Young (2015) At the nexus: serious leisure, civic engagement and animal welfare and wellbeing, Domestic Animals and Leisure, Palgrave (in press).

Janette Young, Lisel O'Dwyer & Lisa Lawton (2015) The case for pets in mental health promotion and policy (under review)

McGrath, R., Young, J. & Adams, C. (2015) Assessing and responding to learning styles of non-clinical Health Science students in the digital age (under review)

Janette Young and Rick Sarre (2012) Health promotion and crime prevention – recognising broader synergies, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, vol 24, no 1, p49-51.

Janette Young and Richard McGrath (2011) Exploring discourses of equity, social justice and social determinants in Australian Healthcare policy and planning documents, Australian Journal of Primary Health, vol 17, No 4, 369-377

Janette Young (2011) Immigration as domestic housing market expansion and planners dream fulfillment: 1960s British migration to South Australia, Critical Planning, Vol 18, Summer,71-90

Rick Sarre and Janette Young (2011) Christian approaches to the restorative justice movement: observations on scripture and praxis, Contemporary Justice Review, Vol. 14, No.3, September 2011, 345–355

Janette Young (2011) Australian Health Promotion and Professionalisation,Update, Australian Health Promotion Association, AHPA, p4 (not peer reviewed)

Janette Young (2010) Migration, Ethnicity and Privilege: An Exploration of Representation and Accountability, Systemic Practice and Action Research, Vol 23, No 11, 101-113, DOI: 10.1007/s11213-009-9146-8 http://www.springerlink.com/content/b432530822802310/

Janette Young, Richard McGrath & Shaun Filiault (2009) Review Essay: Linda Dale Bloomberg & Marie F. Volpe (2008). Completing Your Qualitative Dissertation: A Roadmap From Beginning to End. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research.Vol 10, No. 3, Art. 16 – September. http://www.qualitative-research.net/index.php/fqs/article/viewArticle/1337/2818

Janette Young (2009) Triangulating Public Administrational and Genealogical Data : The Case of Australian Migration Research, Historical Social Research :Historische Socialforschung, vol 34, no 1, p143-158.

Janette Young (2008) Ethics, Categories and Identity : Counting on Quantification : Ethnicity in Australian History, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, vol 25, Issue 2, p215-224. http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/121356761/abstract?CRETRY=1&SRETRY=0

Janette Young, Janet McIntyre & Murray Drummond (2007) Overlapping Identities in Pre-WW2 South Australia: Lessons for 21st Century Australia, People and Place, vol 15, Issue 3, p42-52. http://elecpress.monash.edu.au/pnp/view/abstract/?article=0000010562

Janette Young, Sheila Scutter, Ieva Stupans & Leanne Smith (2007) Retaining indigenous students within health sciences courses at the University of South Australia, Focus on Health Professional Education: A Multi-disciplinary Journal, vol 9, no 1, p33-43

Janette Young (2005) Some Notes with Regard to 'Thought and Wisdom', in Rescuing the Enlightenment from Itself, Janet McIntyre-Mills (ed) Springer, USA, p31-41. http://www.springerlink.com/content/n211535462460154/

Janette Young (2005) On Insiders (Emic) and Outsiders (Etic): Views of Self, and Othering, Systemic Practice and Action Research, Volume 18, Number 2, p 151 - 162. http://www.springerlink.com/content/j08812t58l15l1r8/

Lyn Barnes,Sheila Scutter, Janette Young (2005) Using Screen Recording and Compression Software to Support Online Learning, Innovate, 1 (5). http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=article&id=52

Janette Young, Sheila Scutter, Lyn Barnes (2005) 'Including a voice': Trialling a tool to improve the educational experience of external nursing students, Refereed professional practice paper, Teaching and Learning Forum, Murdoch University, Western Australia, January. http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf2005/refereed/young.html

Community Service

Organisation Name:   Elizabeth Higher Education Network
Type of Organisation:   Community organisation
Level of involvement:   Founding Member
Year from:   2003
Year to:   2004

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