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Professor Jan Coles is the past Director of Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Primary Health Care and actively involved in the development of researchers at a School and Department of General Practice level. She chairs the DGP research committee and has led initiatives such as the SHPC Brainteaser workshop series for early career researchers and the DGP writing group.

She is a leading family violence educator internationally and in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.

Her main area of research is gender based violence education, sexual violence and women's health and the impact of childhood sexual violence on early mothering.

She was an advisor to the World Health Organization pre-service gender based violence curriculum meeting in Geneva in 2015. She received the Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching 2015 for her work in developing multi-professional e-learning package for improving the education of pre-service health practitioners in the area of gender based violence. This collaboration involved multiple disciplines and three partner universities. It is now open access http://pactsproject.org.au

She is engaged in national and international sexual violence research collaborations. Jan's current national and international work includes collaboration with the Australian Longitudinal Study of Womens Health and with the Sexual Violence Research Initiative in South Africa. She gave the closing address at the 2011 International Sexual Violence Research Forum, and has moderated an international discussion board and run researcher trauma prevention workshops in South Africa by invitation. Other areas of research interest include occupational violence and medical education.

External positions

Co-chair Scientific Committee, Medical Women's International Association

1 Oct 2016 → …

Vice President, Australian Federation of Medical Women

20 Nov 2015 → …

Expert Panel Violence Against Women Curriculum, WHO - World Health Organization Switzerland

30 Apr 2015 → …

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Research Output

Adverse Childhood Experiences and Healthcare Costs in Adult Life

Loxton, D., Townsend, N., Dolja-Gore, X., Forder, P. & Coles, J., 4 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 28, 5, p. 511-525 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

3 Citations (Scopus)

Dignity during work-integrated learning: what does it mean for supervisors and students?

King, O., Davis, C., Clemans, A., Coles, J., Crampton, P., Jacobs, N., McKeown, T., Morphet, J., Seear, K. & Rees, C., 14 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Studies in Higher Education. 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)

Evaluating the Feasibility and Effectiveness of an Australian Safety Planning Smartphone Application: A Pilot Study Within a Tertiary Mental Health Service

Melvin, G. A., Gresham, D., Beaton, S., Coles, J., Tonge, B. J., Gordon, M. S. & Stanley, B., Jun 2019, In : Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 49, 3, p. 846-858 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
8 Citations (Scopus)

The psychometric properties of an intimate partner violence education outcome measure

Sawyer, S., Coles, J., Williams, A. & Williams, B., 1 May 2019, In : Nurse Education Today. 76, p. 148-153 6 p.

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Constance Stone Award

Coles, Jan (Recipient), 22 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Dean's Award for Innovation in Teaching

Coles, Jan (Recipient), 30 Jun 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Fellow of the Monash Education Academy

Coles, Jan (Recipient), 5 Jun 2017

Prize: Competitive Fellowships

Monash University Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence

Coles, Jan (Recipient), 25 Nov 2015

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Rex Walpole Fellowship

Coles, Jan (Recipient), 7 Jul 2013

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Press / Media

Meet the woman who is teaching medical students about family violence

Jan Coles


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