Associate Professor Jennifer Smith-Merry

PhD (University of Queensland); BA(Hons); GCert App Law; GCert Ed Studies (Higher Ed)
Associate Professor

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

C43T - T Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9060

Website Mental Health
Mind the Gap report

Biographical details

Jen is Associate Professor in qualitative health research in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Prior to joining the Facultyin 2011 she was Research Fellow in mental health policy at the University of Edinburgh and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Menzies Centre for Health Policy. She received her PhD from the University of Queensland in 2005.

Research interests

Jen is Faculty Research Theme Lead for Mental Health and Disability and Mental Health Stream Lead within the Centre for Disability Research and Policy. She leads a team of researchers in carrying out mental health service evaluation and exploring complex problems of mental health policy and service implementation, consumer experiences of health care and adverse events. She has received over $4 million in research funding for a wide variety of projects since 2011 and has led 10 of these projects. Jen’s research has a strong focus on ‘industry’ and she regularly collaborates with government and non-government organisations to provide practice-based solutions to complex service and policy needs.

Jen actively collaborates with mental health consumers and has a strong belief in the utility of lived experience for shaping policy and practice. Her work is both practically relevant and theoretically creative, drawing on critical and interpretive theoretical approaches to research problems.

Recent work Jen has led includes:

  • (with Dr Nicola Hancock) investigation of transition support for individuals with mental ill-health leaving custodial care - a partnership with Sydney LHD and New Horizons.
  • the development of several funded rapid reviews of literature including for National Disability Services, the Sax Institute, Agency for Clinical Innovation and Murrumbidgee Local Health District.
  • the Recovery Narrative project (with Dr Nicola Hancock) which collected and published narratives of recovery from people with severe and complex mental ill-health in Western Sydney - a partnership with Wentwest and Western Sydney Partners in Recovery
  • (with Associate Professor James Gillespie) a large project investigating the implementation of Partners in Recovery in two regions in Western Sydney. These evaluations were separately funded by New Horizons and Wentwest (Western Sydney PHN).

Teaching and supervision

Jen is Director of Faculty Units, leads qualitative research methods teaching for the Faculty and teaches the unit Health Ethics and the Law.


She supervises several higher degree research students and is interested in recruiting students who wish to pursue research in international mental health policy and practice, critical approaches to understanding policy and practice problems and the contribution of lived experience to health care design.

Current research students

Project title Research student
'Screenagers' and smartphones: Exploring the role that parenting, mindful awareness and self control have on mediating problematic digital device use. Jocelyn BREWER
Developing a person centered low secure model of care for forensic populations in NSW: Exploring the challenges and opportunities for Credentialed Mental Health Nurses. Cephas CHIDUKU
Health and Disability Outcomes for People Injured by Firearms in Guatemala Rebecca PETERS
From expert to enabler: what about social purpose? A qualitative investigation of social care markets and implications Ivy YEN

Current projects

Jen is currently leading a large project analysing coronial data to understand the context of mental health related deaths. This research is funded by the NSW Mental Health Commission.

Internationally her current work focuses on mental health and policy and service development, particularly through the work of WHO. Her main collaborators in this are Associate Professor James Gillespie, Dr Carmen Huckel-Schneider and Professor Luis Salvador-Carulla. This builds on earlier work conducted with Professor Richard Freeman and Professor Steve Sturdy at the University of Edinburgh.

Jen has an ongoing interest in the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and led with Dr Nicola Hancock the publication of the recent Mind the Gap report into psychosocial disability and the NDIS. This report was moved as a motion in the Federal Senate and subsequently passed, paving the way for increased policy attention to both the significant gaps encountered in the implementation of this important scheme and solutions proposed by those working in the sector.

About the Mind the Gap report:

Mind the Gap: The National Disability Insurance Scheme and psychosocial disability


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The Mind the Gap report was created to capture stakeholder views about gaps and solutions related to the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) for people with psychosocial disability.

The project was funded by the Sydney Policy Lab and was designed as a stakeholder exercise in response to a significant Australian policy problem, rather than a research project.

Initial discussions with project partner Community Mental Health Australia, a coalition of eight peak community mental health organisations from each state and territory, indicated their members were experiencing significant difficulties around NDIS implementation for psychosocial disability, and were concerned about the impact of implementation on other service systems.

The project therefore centred on facilitating the voice of non-government stakeholders with experiences on the ground so they could share their perspectives on gaps and propose solutions. The report reflects their experiences rather than the internal work of the NDIS, governments or any agency. Voicing stakeholder concerns, fears, and hopes for the scheme is an important element of the policy debate and can ultimately strengthen policy and program outcomes.

The authors of the report sought out a wide, national voice from service users and providers, and intentionally engaged with groups whose voices have been less heard in the past, including a strong focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Although not the primary consultation group for the report, given its focus on the experiences of service providers and consumers, in the early stages and ahead of release, the Mind the Gap report was raised with several relevant government agencies including the National Disability Insurance Agency, with an invitation for initial consultation extended to the Board Chair.

The authors welcome ongoing debate on the provision of adequate support for people with psychosocial disability.

Associations

Associate of the Menzies Centre of Health Policy
Associate of the Mental Health Policy Unit, Brain and Mind Centre

In the media

Mind the Gap report media coverage:

ABC Radio National’s Health Report interviewed Associate Professor Jennifer Smith-Merry about her report that found many people will be leftwithout appropriate mental health support in the transition to the NationalDisability Insurance Scheme. The Guardian, Pro Bono Australia and 6PR Perth also reported onthe research and 2MCE Orange and ABC NewsRadio interviewedAssociate Professor Smith-Merry.

Themes

E-Health and Health Care Delivery; Disability and Mental Health

Keywords

Health planning; Public health; Mental health; Health policy; Health services and management

International links

United Kingdom

(University of Edinburgh) Research on knowledge and policy in mental health in Scotland and Europe.

Selected grants

2018

  • Disadvantage, Disability and the NSW VET System; Buchanan J, Smith-Merry J; NSW Department of Industry/Project Support.

2017

  • Mind the gap: the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and mental health.; Smith-Merry J, Llewellyn G, Gilroy J, Hancock N; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

2016

  • Implementation of an interactive teaching peer review electronic system; Reed W, Shirley D, Smith-Merry J, Thomson K, Hendry G; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • Living well in the context of mental ill-health: Narratives of recovery by Partners in Recovery consumers and carers; Smith-Merry J, Kokany A, Hancock N, Gillespie J, Salvador-Carulla L; Wentwest Limited t/a Western Sydney Medicare Local/Research Support.
  • Turn Yourself In: A web-based interactive tool to facilitate students' understanding of academic honesty and originality; Lewis S, Smith-Merry J, McCallum P, Kench P, O'Loughlin K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2014

  • Peer Evaluation of Teaching in FHS; Shirley D, Thomson K, Reed W, Smith-Merry J; University of Sydney/Educational Innovation Grant.
  • Measuring the Social Return on Investment in person´┐Ż?centred support and planning during periods of transition; Smith-Merry J; Northern Sydney Medicare Local Ltd/Innovation grant.
  • IWSPIR (Inner West Sydney Partners in Recovery) Research; Gillespie J, Smith-Merry J, Hancock N; New Horizons Enterprises Ltd/Research Support.
  • Peer Evaluation of Teaching in FHS; Shirley D, Smith-Merry J, Reed W, Thomson K; DVC Education/Small Educational Innovation Grant.

2013

  • NSW Government Audit of Disability Research in Australia; Kavanagh A, Llewellyn G, Bleasdale M, Emerson E, Madden R, Smith-Merry J, Gilroy J, Veitch C; Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care (NSW)/Research Grants Program.
  • Using patient experiences of adverse events to improve health service delivery and practice.; Walton M, Iedema R, Manias E, Kelly P, Smith-Merry J, Jorm C; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2012

  • Enhanced Capacity to Improve the Death Certification Process in Two Key Public Hospitals in Viet Nam through the Design and Implementation of a Standardised System for the Collection of Hospital Death Data; Van Duong D, Smith-Merry J, Walton M, Kelly P; Australian Aid/Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) FPRx333 SCHx4127.

2011

  • Innovation for mental health practice: mapping communication between psychiatrists and others within the NSW mental health system; Smith-Merry J; University of Sydney/Early Career Researcher.
  • Preparing for SAFE Practice as an Intern; Walton M, Smith-Merry J, Watterson L, Dunn S, Edwards J, Lim K, Lin D, Naganathan V; Clinical Education & Training Institute/Research Support.

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Smith-Merry, J. (2018). Inclusive disability research. In Pranee Liamputtong (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences. Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2014). Seeing knowledge in mental health in Scotland. In Richard Freeman, Steve Sturdy (Eds.), Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted, (pp. 21-41). Bristol: Policy Press. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2014). Understanding talk and texts: Discourse analysis for nursing research. In Mary De Chesnay (Eds.), Nursing Research Using Data Analysis: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing, (pp. 71-86). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Freeman, R., Smith-Merry, J., Sturdy, S. (2012). Rhizomic Regulation: Mobilising Knowledge for Mental Health in Europe. In Joao Barroso, Luis Miguel Carvalho (Eds.), Knowledge and Regulatory Processes in Health and Education Policies, (pp. 13-50). Lisbon: EDUCA.
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2006). Governing the mother: access to reproductive technologies. In Greg Marston & Catherine McDonald (Eds.), Analysing social policy: a governmental approach, (pp. 177-194). Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Journals

  • Smith-Merry, J., Mellifont, D., McKenzie, K., Clenaghan, P. (2018). A narrative review of mental health support for people during transition from incarceration to community: The grass can be greener on the other side of the fence. Journal of Mental Health, article in press.
  • Walton, M., Harrison, R., Smith-Merry, J., Kelly, P., Jorm, C., Iedema, R. (2018). Disclosure of adverse events: A data linkage study reporting patients' experiences amongst Australian adults aged 45 and over. Australian Health Review, article in press.
  • Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., McKenzie, K. (2018). Facilitating people living with severe and persistent mental illness to transition from prison to community: A qualitative exploration of staff experiences. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12(1). [More Information]
  • Kelly, K., Cumming, S., Kenny, B., Smith-Merry, J., Bogaardt, H. (2018). Getting comfortable with "comfort feeding": An exploration of legal and ethical aspects of the Australian speech-language pathologist's role in palliative dysphagia care. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(3), 371-379. [More Information]
  • Harrison, R., Walton, M., Kelly, P., Manias, E., Jorm, C., Smith-Merry, J., Iedema, R., Luxford, K., Dyda, A. (2018). Hospitalization from the patient perspective: a data linkage study of adults in Australia. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 30(5), 358-365. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Scanlan, J., Gillespie, J., Smith-Merry, J., Yen, I. (2018). Partners in Recovery program evaluation: changes in unmet needs and recovery. Australian Health Review, 42(4), 445-452. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2018). Public mental health, discourse and safety: Articulating an ethical framework. Public Health Ethics, DEC 2017, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Gestos, M., Smith-Merry, J., Campbell, A. (2018). Representation of females in video games: a systematic review of the literature in consideration of adult female wellbeing. Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, 21(9), 535-541. [More Information]
  • Arnold, M., Smith-Merry, J., Lane, A. (2018). The efficacy of medical student selection tools in Australia and New Zealand. Medical Journal of Australia, 209, 188. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., Jessup, G., Wayland, S., Kokany, A. (2018). Understanding the ups and downs of living well: the voices of people experiencing early mental health recovery. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1), 1-10. [More Information]
  • Fernandez Sanchez, A., Gillespie, J., Smith-Merry, J., Feng, X., Astell-Burt, T., Maas, C., Salvador-Carulla, L. (2017). Integrated mental health atlas of Western Sydney Local Health District: gaps and recommendations. Australian Health Review, 41(1), 38-44. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Yen, I. (2017). Is the Partners in Recovery program connecting with the intended population of people living with severe and persistent mental illness? What are their prioritised needs? Australian Health Review, 41(5), 566-572. [More Information]
  • Raffaele, M., Mpofu, E., Smith-Merry, J., Mackey, M. (2017). Men with adult onset epileptic seizures: their coping strategies and sense of subjective wellbeing following elective neurosurgery. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 23(1), 19-36. [More Information]
  • Pacey, F., Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Short, S. (2017). National health workforce regulation: Contextualising the Australian Scheme. International Journal of Health Governance, 22(1), 5-14. [More Information]
  • Walton, M., Harrison, R., Kelly, P., Smith-Merry, J., Manias, E., Jorm, C., Iedema, R. (2017). Patients' reports of adverse events: a data linkage study of Australian adults aged 45 years and over. BMJ Quality and Safety, 26(9), 743-750. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Walton, M., Healey, J., Hobbs, C. (2017). Responses by hospital complaints managers to recommendations for systemic reforms by health complaints commissions. Australian Health Review, 41(5), 527-532. [More Information]
  • Perre, N., Wilson, N., Smith-Merry, J., Murphy, G. (2016). Australian University Students' Perceptions of Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, 48, 1-13.
  • Gargett, A., Llewellyn, G., Smith-Merry, J. (2016). Bringing together traditional health practices and health-related rehabilitation in the Pacific Islands: Can this be done? Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 11(1), 104-110.
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J., Scanlan, J. (2016). Disabling accommodation barriers: A study exploring how to better accommodate government employees with anxiety disorders. Work, 55(3), 549-564. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J. (2016). Embodying policy making in mental health: the implementation of Partners in Recovery. Health Sociology Review, 25(2), 187-201. [More Information]
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J. (2016). Laying or delaying the groundwork? A critical framing analysis of Australia's National Disability Strategy from an implementation planning perspective. Disability and Society, 31(7), 929-947. [More Information]
  • Harrison, R., Walton, M., Healy, J., Smith-Merry, J., Hobbs, C. (2016). Patient complaints about hospital services:applying a complaint taxonomy to analyse and respond to complaints. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 28(2), 240-245. [More Information]
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J., Scanlan, J. (2016). Pitching a Yerkes-Dodson Curve Ball?: A study exploring enhanced workplace performance for individuals with anxiety disorders. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 31(2), 71-86. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2015). Doing mental health care integration: A qualitative study of a new work role. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Moran, F., MacMillan, F., Smith-Merry, J., Kilbreath, S., Merom, D. (2015). Perceived Barriers, Facilitators and Patterns of Physical Activity of Older-old Adults Living in Assisted Retirement Accommodation : a qualitative and quantitative pilot research. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research, 4(6), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Salvador-Carulla, L., Fernandez Sanchez, A., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Gillespie, J., Smith-Merry, J. (2015). Recovery in Mental Health in Western Sydney: Use of the Integrated Atlas of Care for context analysis and planning. International Journal of Integrated Care, 15(5), URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-117038.
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J. (2015). The Anxious Times: An Analysis of the Representation of Anxiety Disorders in The Australian Newspaper, 2000-2015. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25(2), 278-296. [More Information]
  • Harrison, R., Walton, M., Manias, E., Smith-Merry, J., Kelly, P., Iedema, R., Robinson, L. (2015). The missing evidence: a systematic review of patients' experiences of adverse events in health care. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 27(6), 424-442. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2014). Integrating care for chronic mental ill-health: the Partners in Recovery Western Sydney Study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(9), URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-116630.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Walton, M. (2014). Research governance as a facilitator for ethical and timely research? Learning from the experience of a large government-funded multisite research project. Australian Health Review, 38(3), 295-300. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Caple, A. (2014). Safety, Risk and Mental Health: Decision-Making Processes Prescribed by Australian Mental Health Legislation. Journal of Law and Medicine, 21(3), 661-681.
  • Walton, M., Jorm, C., Smith-Merry, J., Harrison, R., Manias, E., Iedema, R., Kelly, P. (2014). Using patients' experiences of adverse events to improve health service delivery and practice: protocol of a data linkage study of Australian adults age 45 and above. BMJ Open, 4, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Warburton, J., Smith-Merry, J., Michaels, C. (2013). Delivering Community Services in a New World of Volunteering: A Case Study from Sydney, Australia. International Journal of Public Administration, 36(11), 798-806. [More Information]
  • Sturdy, S., Freeman, R., Smith-Merry, J. (2013). Making Knowledge for International Policy: WHO Europe and Mental Health Policy, 1970-2008. Social History of Medicine, 26(3), 532-554. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2013). Reciprocal instrumentalism: Scotland, WHO Europe, and mental health. International Journal of Public Policy, 9(4, 5, 6), 260-276. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Sturdy, S. (2013). Recovery in Scotland: The Rise and Uncertain Future of a Mental Health Social Movement. Society and Mental Health, 3(2), 114-132. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2012). Experiential knowledge in action: Consulting practitioners for policy change. Policy and Society, 31(2), 131-143. [More Information]
  • Walton, M., Smith-Merry, J., Healy, J., McDonald, F. (2012). Health Complaint Commissions in Australia: Time for a national approach to data collection. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 11(1), 1-18.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Sturdy, S., Freeman, R. (2012). Stakeholder consultation as social mobilization: framing Scottish mental health policy. Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, 46(7), 823-844. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2011). Implementing recovery: an analysis of the key technologies in Scotland. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 5(11), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2011). Les transformations du systeme de sante mentale: l'exemple de l'Ecosse [Transformation of a mental health system: the case of Scotland]. Revue Sociologie Sante, 34(1), 143-164.
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2008). Improving mental health and wellbeing in Scotland: A model policy approach. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 7(3), 176-185. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2008). Organising Mental Health in Scotland. Mental Health Review Journal, 13(4), 16-26. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S. (2007). A pathway to a stronger research culture in health policy. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2007). Critical discourse analysis for nursing research. Nursing Inquiry, 14(1), 60-70. [More Information]
  • Wang, J., Smith-Merry, J., Leeder, S. (2006). Should Older People Be Regularly Screened for Vision and Hearing by Primary Health Care Providers? Geriatrics and Ageing, 9(3), 183-189.
  • Wang, J., Smith-Merry, J., Leeder, S. (2006). Should older people be regularly screened for vision and hearing? Geriatrics and Ageing, 9(3), 183-189.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Mitchell, P., Wang, J., Leeder, S. (2005). A health policy for hearing impairment in older Australians: what should it include? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 2(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2005). When morality gets in the way? Public policy debates around reproductive technologies. Just Policy, 38, 48-50.
  • Warburton, J., Smith-Merry, J. (2003). Out of the generosity of your heart: are we creating active citizens through compulsory volunteer programs for young people in Australia. Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, 37(7), 772-786.
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2003). Suitable mothers': lesbian and single women and the 'unborn' in Australian parliamentary discourse. Critical Social Policy, 23(1), 63-88.

Conferences

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2016). Facilitating recovery in a complex setting: The role of Support Facilitators. The MHS Annual Mental Health Services Conference: 2015 TheMHS Conference: Translating Best Practice into Reality, Australia: TheMHS Learning Network Inc.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J. (2016). Flexible funding for effective, individualised, integrated care. 4th World Congress on Integrated Care (WCIC4), Wellington: International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).
  • Wayland, S., Smith-Merry, J., Kokany, A., Hancock, N. (2016). Identifying ways to broaden recovery narratives - the lived experience of mental health consumers of Western Sydney recovery services. TheMHS Conference on "People: Authenticity Starts in the Heart", Auckland: TheMHS Learning Network Inc.
  • Moran, F., Merom, D., Smith-Merry, J., Davis, G., Kilbreath, S. (2013). Physical activity behaviour in older people living in retirement villages. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.

Report

  • Smith-Merry, J., Hancock, N., Gilroy, J., Llewellyn, G., Yen, I., Bresnan, A. (2018). Mind the Gap: The National Disability Insurance Scheme and psychosocial disability. Final Report: Stakeholder identified gaps and solutions.

Research Reports

  • Smith-Merry, J., Goggin, G., Campbell, A., McKenzie, K., Ridout, B., Baylosis, C. (2018). Evaluation of SANE Australia Thriving Communities project, Australia: The University of Sydney.

2018

  • Smith-Merry, J., Mellifont, D., McKenzie, K., Clenaghan, P. (2018). A narrative review of mental health support for people during transition from incarceration to community: The grass can be greener on the other side of the fence. Journal of Mental Health, article in press.
  • Walton, M., Harrison, R., Smith-Merry, J., Kelly, P., Jorm, C., Iedema, R. (2018). Disclosure of adverse events: A data linkage study reporting patients' experiences amongst Australian adults aged 45 and over. Australian Health Review, article in press.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Goggin, G., Campbell, A., McKenzie, K., Ridout, B., Baylosis, C. (2018). Evaluation of SANE Australia Thriving Communities project, Australia: The University of Sydney.
  • Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., McKenzie, K. (2018). Facilitating people living with severe and persistent mental illness to transition from prison to community: A qualitative exploration of staff experiences. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 12(1). [More Information]
  • Kelly, K., Cumming, S., Kenny, B., Smith-Merry, J., Bogaardt, H. (2018). Getting comfortable with "comfort feeding": An exploration of legal and ethical aspects of the Australian speech-language pathologist's role in palliative dysphagia care. International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 20(3), 371-379. [More Information]
  • Harrison, R., Walton, M., Kelly, P., Manias, E., Jorm, C., Smith-Merry, J., Iedema, R., Luxford, K., Dyda, A. (2018). Hospitalization from the patient perspective: a data linkage study of adults in Australia. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 30(5), 358-365. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2018). Inclusive disability research. In Pranee Liamputtong (Eds.), Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences. Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Hancock, N., Gilroy, J., Llewellyn, G., Yen, I., Bresnan, A. (2018). Mind the Gap: The National Disability Insurance Scheme and psychosocial disability. Final Report: Stakeholder identified gaps and solutions.
  • Hancock, N., Scanlan, J., Gillespie, J., Smith-Merry, J., Yen, I. (2018). Partners in Recovery program evaluation: changes in unmet needs and recovery. Australian Health Review, 42(4), 445-452. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2018). Public mental health, discourse and safety: Articulating an ethical framework. Public Health Ethics, DEC 2017, 1-14. [More Information]
  • Gestos, M., Smith-Merry, J., Campbell, A. (2018). Representation of females in video games: a systematic review of the literature in consideration of adult female wellbeing. Cyberpsychology, Behaviour and Social Networking, 21(9), 535-541. [More Information]
  • Arnold, M., Smith-Merry, J., Lane, A. (2018). The efficacy of medical student selection tools in Australia and New Zealand. Medical Journal of Australia, 209, 188. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., Jessup, G., Wayland, S., Kokany, A. (2018). Understanding the ups and downs of living well: the voices of people experiencing early mental health recovery. BMC Psychiatry, 18(1), 1-10. [More Information]

2017

  • Fernandez Sanchez, A., Gillespie, J., Smith-Merry, J., Feng, X., Astell-Burt, T., Maas, C., Salvador-Carulla, L. (2017). Integrated mental health atlas of Western Sydney Local Health District: gaps and recommendations. Australian Health Review, 41(1), 38-44. [More Information]
  • Hancock, N., Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Yen, I. (2017). Is the Partners in Recovery program connecting with the intended population of people living with severe and persistent mental illness? What are their prioritised needs? Australian Health Review, 41(5), 566-572. [More Information]
  • Raffaele, M., Mpofu, E., Smith-Merry, J., Mackey, M. (2017). Men with adult onset epileptic seizures: their coping strategies and sense of subjective wellbeing following elective neurosurgery. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling, 23(1), 19-36. [More Information]
  • Pacey, F., Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Short, S. (2017). National health workforce regulation: Contextualising the Australian Scheme. International Journal of Health Governance, 22(1), 5-14. [More Information]
  • Walton, M., Harrison, R., Kelly, P., Smith-Merry, J., Manias, E., Jorm, C., Iedema, R. (2017). Patients' reports of adverse events: a data linkage study of Australian adults aged 45 years and over. BMJ Quality and Safety, 26(9), 743-750. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Walton, M., Healey, J., Hobbs, C. (2017). Responses by hospital complaints managers to recommendations for systemic reforms by health complaints commissions. Australian Health Review, 41(5), 527-532. [More Information]

2016

  • Perre, N., Wilson, N., Smith-Merry, J., Murphy, G. (2016). Australian University Students' Perceptions of Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study. Journal of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association, 48, 1-13.
  • Gargett, A., Llewellyn, G., Smith-Merry, J. (2016). Bringing together traditional health practices and health-related rehabilitation in the Pacific Islands: Can this be done? Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 11(1), 104-110.
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J., Scanlan, J. (2016). Disabling accommodation barriers: A study exploring how to better accommodate government employees with anxiety disorders. Work, 55(3), 549-564. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J. (2016). Embodying policy making in mental health: the implementation of Partners in Recovery. Health Sociology Review, 25(2), 187-201. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2016). Facilitating recovery in a complex setting: The role of Support Facilitators. The MHS Annual Mental Health Services Conference: 2015 TheMHS Conference: Translating Best Practice into Reality, Australia: TheMHS Learning Network Inc.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J. (2016). Flexible funding for effective, individualised, integrated care. 4th World Congress on Integrated Care (WCIC4), Wellington: International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC).
  • Wayland, S., Smith-Merry, J., Kokany, A., Hancock, N. (2016). Identifying ways to broaden recovery narratives - the lived experience of mental health consumers of Western Sydney recovery services. TheMHS Conference on "People: Authenticity Starts in the Heart", Auckland: TheMHS Learning Network Inc.
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J. (2016). Laying or delaying the groundwork? A critical framing analysis of Australia's National Disability Strategy from an implementation planning perspective. Disability and Society, 31(7), 929-947. [More Information]
  • Harrison, R., Walton, M., Healy, J., Smith-Merry, J., Hobbs, C. (2016). Patient complaints about hospital services:applying a complaint taxonomy to analyse and respond to complaints. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 28(2), 240-245. [More Information]
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J., Scanlan, J. (2016). Pitching a Yerkes-Dodson Curve Ball?: A study exploring enhanced workplace performance for individuals with anxiety disorders. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 31(2), 71-86. [More Information]

2015

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2015). Doing mental health care integration: A qualitative study of a new work role. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 9(1), 1-14. [More Information]
  • Moran, F., MacMillan, F., Smith-Merry, J., Kilbreath, S., Merom, D. (2015). Perceived Barriers, Facilitators and Patterns of Physical Activity of Older-old Adults Living in Assisted Retirement Accommodation : a qualitative and quantitative pilot research. Journal of Gerontology & Geriatric Research, 4(6), 1-6. [More Information]
  • Salvador-Carulla, L., Fernandez Sanchez, A., Astell-Burt, T., Feng, X., Gillespie, J., Smith-Merry, J. (2015). Recovery in Mental Health in Western Sydney: Use of the Integrated Atlas of Care for context analysis and planning. International Journal of Integrated Care, 15(5), URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-117038.
  • Mellifont, D., Smith-Merry, J. (2015). The Anxious Times: An Analysis of the Representation of Anxiety Disorders in The Australian Newspaper, 2000-2015. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 25(2), 278-296. [More Information]
  • Harrison, R., Walton, M., Manias, E., Smith-Merry, J., Kelly, P., Iedema, R., Robinson, L. (2015). The missing evidence: a systematic review of patients' experiences of adverse events in health care. International Journal for Quality in Health Care, 27(6), 424-442. [More Information]

2014

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Hancock, N., Yen, I. (2014). Integrating care for chronic mental ill-health: the Partners in Recovery Western Sydney Study. International Journal of Integrated Care, 14(9), URN:NBN:NL:UI:10-1-116630.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Walton, M. (2014). Research governance as a facilitator for ethical and timely research? Learning from the experience of a large government-funded multisite research project. Australian Health Review, 38(3), 295-300. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Caple, A. (2014). Safety, Risk and Mental Health: Decision-Making Processes Prescribed by Australian Mental Health Legislation. Journal of Law and Medicine, 21(3), 661-681.
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2014). Seeing knowledge in mental health in Scotland. In Richard Freeman, Steve Sturdy (Eds.), Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted, (pp. 21-41). Bristol: Policy Press. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2014). Understanding talk and texts: Discourse analysis for nursing research. In Mary De Chesnay (Eds.), Nursing Research Using Data Analysis: Qualitative Designs and Methods in Nursing, (pp. 71-86). New York: Springer Publishing Company.
  • Walton, M., Jorm, C., Smith-Merry, J., Harrison, R., Manias, E., Iedema, R., Kelly, P. (2014). Using patients' experiences of adverse events to improve health service delivery and practice: protocol of a data linkage study of Australian adults age 45 and above. BMJ Open, 4, 1-7. [More Information]

2013

  • Warburton, J., Smith-Merry, J., Michaels, C. (2013). Delivering Community Services in a New World of Volunteering: A Case Study from Sydney, Australia. International Journal of Public Administration, 36(11), 798-806. [More Information]
  • Sturdy, S., Freeman, R., Smith-Merry, J. (2013). Making Knowledge for International Policy: WHO Europe and Mental Health Policy, 1970-2008. Social History of Medicine, 26(3), 532-554. [More Information]
  • Moran, F., Merom, D., Smith-Merry, J., Davis, G., Kilbreath, S. (2013). Physical activity behaviour in older people living in retirement villages. APA Conference 2013 'New Moves', Melbourne: Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2013). Reciprocal instrumentalism: Scotland, WHO Europe, and mental health. International Journal of Public Policy, 9(4, 5, 6), 260-276. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Sturdy, S. (2013). Recovery in Scotland: The Rise and Uncertain Future of a Mental Health Social Movement. Society and Mental Health, 3(2), 114-132. [More Information]

2012

  • Smith-Merry, J. (2012). Experiential knowledge in action: Consulting practitioners for policy change. Policy and Society, 31(2), 131-143. [More Information]
  • Walton, M., Smith-Merry, J., Healy, J., McDonald, F. (2012). Health Complaint Commissions in Australia: Time for a national approach to data collection. Australian Review of Public Affairs, 11(1), 1-18.
  • Freeman, R., Smith-Merry, J., Sturdy, S. (2012). Rhizomic Regulation: Mobilising Knowledge for Mental Health in Europe. In Joao Barroso, Luis Miguel Carvalho (Eds.), Knowledge and Regulatory Processes in Health and Education Policies, (pp. 13-50). Lisbon: EDUCA.
  • Smith-Merry, J., Sturdy, S., Freeman, R. (2012). Stakeholder consultation as social mobilization: framing Scottish mental health policy. Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, 46(7), 823-844. [More Information]

2011

  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2011). Implementing recovery: an analysis of the key technologies in Scotland. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 5(11), 1-12. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2011). Les transformations du systeme de sante mentale: l'exemple de l'Ecosse [Transformation of a mental health system: the case of Scotland]. Revue Sociologie Sante, 34(1), 143-164.

2008

  • Smith-Merry, J. (2008). Improving mental health and wellbeing in Scotland: A model policy approach. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 7(3), 176-185. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J., Freeman, R., Sturdy, S. (2008). Organising Mental Health in Scotland. Mental Health Review Journal, 13(4), 16-26. [More Information]

2007

  • Smith-Merry, J., Gillespie, J., Leeder, S. (2007). A pathway to a stronger research culture in health policy. Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 4, 1-7. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2007). Critical discourse analysis for nursing research. Nursing Inquiry, 14(1), 60-70. [More Information]

2006

  • Smith-Merry, J. (2006). Governing the mother: access to reproductive technologies. In Greg Marston & Catherine McDonald (Eds.), Analysing social policy: a governmental approach, (pp. 177-194). Cheltenham, UK ; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • Wang, J., Smith-Merry, J., Leeder, S. (2006). Should Older People Be Regularly Screened for Vision and Hearing by Primary Health Care Providers? Geriatrics and Ageing, 9(3), 183-189.
  • Wang, J., Smith-Merry, J., Leeder, S. (2006). Should older people be regularly screened for vision and hearing? Geriatrics and Ageing, 9(3), 183-189.

2005

  • Smith-Merry, J., Mitchell, P., Wang, J., Leeder, S. (2005). A health policy for hearing impairment in older Australians: what should it include? Australia and New Zealand Health Policy, 2(1), 1-7. [More Information]
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2005). When morality gets in the way? Public policy debates around reproductive technologies. Just Policy, 38, 48-50.

2003

  • Warburton, J., Smith-Merry, J. (2003). Out of the generosity of your heart: are we creating active citizens through compulsory volunteer programs for young people in Australia. Social Policy and Administration: an international journal of policy and research, 37(7), 772-786.
  • Smith-Merry, J. (2003). Suitable mothers': lesbian and single women and the 'unborn' in Australian parliamentary discourse. Critical Social Policy, 23(1), 63-88.

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