Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Congratulations to our newest Professor Emerita, Joan Ozanne-Smith AO


(L-R) DoFM head A/Prof Richard Bassed, Prof Joan
Ozanne-Smith AO, A/Prof David Ranson
Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith AO from the Department of Forensic Medicine this month received one of the highest University accolades with the conferral of the title Professor Emerita. This title is considered a mark of special distinction, conferred by the Vice Chancellor of the University, in recognition of Joan's 30+ years of service and significant contribution to injury prevention research. 


Joan is a globally recognized pioneer and leader in her field of injury prevention, and a small extract of some of her achievements include: 


  • More than 200 publications in peer reviewed journals, including publications with international colleagues in the United States, Canada, Switzerland, China, India, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Kenya. 
  • Supervision of a wide range of PhD students, and development of teaching curriculum in injury prevention here and internationally, most notably in China. 
  • Being an invited consultant to WHO for global and Western Pacific Regional injury prevention projects and in-country work in China, Vietnam, Fiji, Vanuatu, Egypt and Finland. 
  • More than $11 million dollars awarded in research grants over the course of her career. 
  • Past Chair of Injury prevention at Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) and past Director of NCIS. 
  • Past Head of the Monash University WHO Collaborating Centre for Violence, Injuries and Disabilities. 

Joan is not only a long-serving Monash staff member, she is an alumna, having studied at the University.  Three generations of her family are currently engaged with Monash (Emeritus, staff and a student). Given the large size of Monash, Joan finds it particularly rewarding to have her contribution honoured in this way. She is grateful for the opportunities and encouragement that she has been given over her long career and particularly thanked the Department and the School for their nomination and support.

Departmental staff helped Joan celebrate the new title in a morning tea recently. Congratulations, Joan, and we look forward to your continued injury prevention research with the Department!