Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry

PhD (Social Policy) BA (Hons)
Director of Student Affairs
Senior Lecturer

C43T - T Block Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 9060

Website knowandpol project
Research Reports
Mental Health

Biographical details

Jen has expertise in a wide range of qualitative methodologies and an interest in the application of critical theoretical approaches to questions of health and illness. Theoretically her work is concerned with the way different forms of knowledge and practice are employed to create and implement policy and service innovation.

Research interests

Jen is a member of the following research teams:

Mental Health

Jen's research interests lie in health policy and services, particularly in the areas of mental health and adverse events. Previous work has focused on the social and policy context of reproductive technologies. Recent work has primarily focused on mental health including work on: the development of the concept of recovery from its origins as a social movement to its implementation in mental health policy and services the role of WHO in the development of domestic mental health policy the use of targets, indicators and evaluation as a tool in mental health services and policy population mental health strategies the ethics of mental health and 'safety' .

Current projects

Much of this work has been in the context of the large European Commission funded KnowandPol project. Jen is involved in a project with Professor Merrilyn Walton investigating the regulatory processes of state health complaints commissions. Another project focuses on the introduction of a system of death certification in two large hospitals in Vietnam.

Themes

Health Systems and Global Populations

Keywords

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

International links

Belgium

(Universite Catholique Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve;) Collaborate on a large European funded project KnowandPol examining knowledge for policy across eight different European nations. Other nations included in the project are the Scotland, Norway, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal and Romania

United Kingdom

(University of Edinburgh) Research Collaboration. Working with Dr Steve Sturdy and Dr Richard Freeman on knowledge in policy making.

Vietnam

(Viet Duc and Bach Mai Hospitals) Research collaboration

Selected grants

2014

  • Measuring the Social Return on Investment in person�?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.

2013

  • Using patient experiences of adverse events to improve health service delivery and practice.; Walton M, Iedema R, Manias E, Kelly P, Smith-Merry J; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
  • 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.

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; AusAID/Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP).

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

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Book Chapters

  • Smith-Merry, J. (2014). Seeing Knowledge in Mental Health in Scotland. In Steve Sturdy and R Freeman (Eds.), Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted, (pp. Accepted 16/08/2013). UK: Policy Press.
  • 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., 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., 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 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, 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.

2014

  • 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 Steve Sturdy and R Freeman (Eds.), Knowledge in Policy: Embodied, Inscribed, Enacted, (pp. Accepted 16/08/2013). UK: Policy Press.
  • Walton, M., 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 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, 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]

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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