Dr Jennifer Smith-Merry
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'
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.
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.
Teaching and Service Responsibilities
Bachelor of Health Sciences 3rd Year Coordinator BACH1161 HSBH1003 BACH4056 BACH5255
Smith-Merry, J. (2012) ‘Experiential knowledge in action: Consulting practitioners for policy change’, Policy and Society , 31:131-143.
Freeman, R., Smith-Merry, J. and S. Sturdy (2012, forthcoming) ‘Rhizomic regulation: mobilising knowledge in mental health in Europe’ in.
Afonso N., L. Carvalho, E. Costa (eds) The fabrication, circulation and use of knowledge-based regulatory instruments in European countries. Sturdy, S., J. Smith-Merry and R. Freeman (2012, forthcoming) ‘Stakeholder consultation as social mobilization: framing Scottish mental health policy’ Social Policy and Administration
Smith-Merry, J., R. Freeman and S. Sturdy (2012, forthcoming) ‘Reciprocal instrumentalism: Scotland, WHO Europe, and mental health’ International Journal of Public Policy
Smith-Merry, J., R. Freeman and S. Sturdy (2011) ‘Implementing recovery: an analysis of the key technologies in Scotland.’ International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 5(1).
Smith-Merry, J., R. Freeman and S. Sturdy (2011) ‘Transformation of a mental health system – the case of Scotland.’ Revue Sociologie Sante, 34: 143-164 (In French)
Smith-Merry, J., R. Freeman and S. Sturdy. (2008) 'Organising mental health in Scotland' Mental Health Review Journal, 13(4):16-26.
Smith-Merry, J. (2008) 'Improving mental health and wellbeing in Scotland: A model policy approach' Advances in Mental Health, 7(3).
2012-2014 AusAid Public Sector Linkages Partnership Grant - $203,000 M Walton; J Smith-Merry; D Van Duong; Patrick Kelly ‘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.’
2011-2012: Sydney Medical School Early Career Researcher Grant - $4,924.70 J Smith-Merry ‘Innovation for mental health practice: mapping communication between psychiatrists and others within the NSW mental health system.’
2011-2012 Clinical Education and Training Institute (CETI) - $46,000 M Walton; J Smith-Merry; L Watterson; S Dunn; J Edwards, K Lim, D Lin, V Naganathan. ‘Preparing for SAFE Practice as an Intern.’
2005-2007: ARC Linkage Grant LP0560740 - $230,000 KE Healy; G Woolcock; NM Spencer; AC Hampshire; EC Smeaton; JL Smith Families on the Fringe: Promoting the Social Inclusion of Young Families who have Relocated to Non-Metropolitan Areas.