Dr Jane Taylor is the Discipline Leader for Public Health at USC with 25 years of professional health promotion experience. She worked as a health promotion practitioner in community and government sectors on a range of community-based health promotion programs including women’s health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, school health promotion and public health service delivery in rural and remote Queensland prior to joining USC in 2004.
Jane was involved in establishing public health and health promotion programs at USC and teaches philosophical and technical health promotion courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In 2018 USC health promotion programs received accreditation with the International Union for Health Promotion and Health Education which Jane provided leadership for. She applies constructivist learning and teaching principles to curriculum design and delivery, with an interest and experience in flipped learning.
Jane’s health promotion research focuses on strengthening the theoretical foundations of health promotion to support a critical (social justice and equity focused) practice approach. This involves using modern health promotion values and principles to design, implement, evaluate and critique health promotion policies and programs, and undertake research. She is also interested in the role of health promotion in reorienting health services to deliver comprehensive primary health care and health promotion workforce development.
She has been an active member of the Australian Health Promotion Association, Queensland Branch for many years and member of the Public Health Association of Australian.