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Dr Jo Wainer

Jo Wainer

Jo Wainer is a social scientist and Senior Lecturer at Monash University School of Rural Health. She completed her PhD on 'Women in Medicine'. Her research interest is women in medicine, women as rural doctors and gender perspectives in medicine. In 2004 she published a report on 'Sustainable Rural Practice: Successful Strategies from Male and Female Doctors'.

Recent publications include 'Cooperative Research with Rural Doctors' published in the electronic journal of Rural and Remote Health, 15 th of June 2004. The Work of Female Rural Doctors’ Published in the Australian Journal of Rural Health 2004, and 'Gender and the Medical Curriculum: a Rural Case Study'; a chapter in 'Teaching Gender, Teaching Women's Health: Case Studies in Medical and Health Sciences Education' edited by Lenore Manderson, published by Blackwell Science 2003.

Jo designed the Women in Rural Practice Project which became the Gender Issues in Rural Practice Project which provided the impetus for gender mainstreaming at Monash and put gender on the national medical curriculum development agenda.  Jo now convenes the Gender Working Party of the Medicine Course Management Committee.

Jo participated in the development of the Women in Rural Practice policy for the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) in 1996 and is a member of the Women in Rural Practice Committee of ACRRM and the Women in Surgery Committee of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.  She was a technical expert with the Medical Women's International Association (MWIA) during the development of a manual on gender mainstreaming for doctors in 2001.  She convened the Gender Issues for Rural Health Professionals session of the Wonca 5th World Conference on Rural Health held in Melbourne in 2002 and was a Keynote speaker at the Wonca World Rural Health Conference in Calgary in 2000.  Jo was a plenary speaker at the Wonca World Rural Health Conference in Kuching in 1999.

Jo attended the 1994 UN International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo as a journalist, and the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women as an adviser to the Secretary General of the Conference, and as the Australian Non-Government Organisation (NGO) representative covering the chapter on Health.  In 1996 she was the NGO member of the Australian Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women at the UN in New York .

In 1999 Jo was awarded a Human Rights award by Amnesty International (Victoria) for her work for women’s reproductive rights in the 1970s and in 2002 she was appointed to the Victorian Honour Roll of Women and the Australian Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame.  Jo is a member of the Editorial Board of the Australian Journal of Rural Health.

In 2010 Jo became a member of the Order of Australia, one of Australia's highest Awards.