Jenny Brands

Research and translation coordinator, Centre for Primary Health Care Systems


Graduate Diploma Psychology, Monash University (underway); Bachelor of Letters (Anthropology), Deakin University, 1994; Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Magill South Australian College of Advanced Education, 1985; Recognition of Prior Learning Assessor, Batchelor College, 1996; Quality Assurance Assessor, Batchelor College, 1996; Commercialisation Bootcamp, Australian Institute for Commercialisation, 2010.




Jenny Brands has a passion for making sure that research translates into practice and improves health outcomes. In her role as research and development manager for the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health (CRCAH) from 2003-2009, Jenny contributed to changing the way that Indigenous health research is commissioned and developed. She helped establish the CRCAH’s Facilitated Development Approach, through which research is commissioned to address priorities identified by Indigenous, policy and practice stakeholders, and the eventual users of research are involved throughout the research process.

Jenny has a continuing involvement in knowledge translation as research and translation coordinator within the Centre for Primary Health Care Systems at Menzies. Her recent work has focused on how to ensure the widespread and effective implementation of evidence-based programs and tools.

She also has a close involvement with Menzies’ work on Indigenous cancer, and is a chief investigator leading knowledge translation for both the DISCOVER-TT and STREP-CaCIndA partnerships.