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Professor Jane Burns


Jane Burns is Professor of Innovation and Industry at the University of Sydney. She was the founder and CEO of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, an organisation that, over its five years, drove research and development to explore the role of new and emerging technology in improving mental health and wellbeing for children and young people.

Jane was a winner in the category of Social Enterprise for 2015’s Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence, and was a Victorian Finalist in the 2012 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is Chair of the National Advisory Council for the Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service. She is a strategic advisor to the government, university and social enterprise sector and has served on numerous government working groups across Health, Communications and Veterans Affairs. Previous Directorships include the Cooperative Research Centres Association, the Bounceback and Thomas Kelly Foundations.

Jane was Deputy Executive Officer and led the youth and public health agenda for beyondblue in its initial start up, was a Commonwealth Fund Harkness Fellow at the University of California, San Francisco, and was Director of International Partnerships at the Inspire Foundation. Jane has held a VicHealth fellowship, an NHMRC fellowship and an NHMRC scholarship. She has a PhD in Medicine from the University of Adelaide.