Professor Amanda KennyViolet Marshman Chair in Rural Health, Nursing LTRHS
Professor Amanda Kenny is a nurse and midwife and is the inaugural Violet Marshman Professor of Rural Health. Amanda led the development of Australia’s largest multidisciplinary rural health school and has recently led La Trobe’s successful submission for recognition as a University Department of Rural Health. She is a highly experienced and innovative educator and has won awards for teaching excellence. Her research involves extensive partnerships with vulnerable populations, and she is an expert in primary health, nursing workforce models, and rural health policy. She is internationally recognised for her expertise in multidisciplinary participatory action research, deliberative decision making, innovative digital methods, and co-design. Amanda is a leader in knowledge translation and qualitative research methods. She has led or contributed to highly cited policy documents, and as an expert witness, has given evidence to major government inquiries. In her career, Amanda has attracted almost AU$105 million dollars of grant funding for research and major strategic initiatives. Amanda has strong international partnerships, currently holds international grants, and mentors staff and students from a multitude of universities. She is Editor in Chief of Nurse Education Today and Co-Editor in Chief of the Australian Journal of Primary Health.