Professor Jenni Judd is a Professor of Health Promotion at Central Queensland University (CQU), Bundaberg.
This role involves collaboration between CQU, Wide Bay Hospital and Health Services and Bundaberg Health Promotions Pty Ltd. The aim is to build health promotion strategies and research capacity across these and other community organisations. Professor Judd’s role from 2007-2015 was to facilitate ground-breaking approaches to Higher Degree Research (HDR) doctoral preparation and completions, initially in the Building Indigenous Research Capacity (NHMRC) program at James Cook University (JCU) with 18 Indigenous scholars and then applying these approaches and lessons to the cohort doctoral studies program in the Division of Tropical Medicine and Health at JCU. She facilitated capacity building processes through mentoring and supporting researchers and HDR students. Professor Judd currently supervises ten HDR students who are working in various health settings including Bangladesh, and rural communities in Australia. Professor Judd has extensive practical and applied research experience in a broad range of environments including urban, rural, tropical and remote Indigenous communities and with health care providers in the NT, WA, QLD and Northern NSW. Her research has been focused on capacity building and changing practice and policy in: mental health; chronic disease management; health promotion and public health practice among primary health care providers; pandemic influenza; hendra virus risks with Equine Vets; and Strongyloidiasis in Indigenous communities. Professor Judd’s work has primarily focused on improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Cultural and Linguistically Diverse peoples health and education outcomes.
From 1992-2007 Professor Judd worked in health promotion; policy development; research, evaluation and training; management of health promotion and public health services; and as an applied researcher. Professor Judd has extensive skills in leadership and management of multidisciplinary teams. She has authored sections of applied manuals for primary health care practitioners and has extensive experience in workforce development. Professor Judd is acknowledged nationally and internationally for her leadership in health promotion and Indigenous health evidenced by the leadership roles she has held in the AHPA and her work with the International Network of Indigenous Health Promotion Professionals (INIHPP). She has contributed to the co-ordination of Indigenous workshops at annual national health promotion conferences since 2008; the Population Health Congresses (2008, and 2012), and the IUHPE Conferences since 1997. She is also a member of Public Health Association of Australia and Australasian Evaluation Society. She has been an active member of the REET (previously HPJA) committee since 2007. She has been successful with over $2.8m in grants and completed 4 PhD’s and 2 Masters Research.