Meet Jennifer Martin

Jenny MartinPhD(Monash), MBChB(Otago, NZ), MA(Oxford, UK), GAICD, FRACP, AAHMS

Why did you join the University Council?

With the crises in health, overseas students, Government financial reviews for the tertiary sector I felt it was an opportune time for someone with my skillsets, interests, leadership style and interests in governance and public service to contribute to the strategic direction and future of the University.

What do you look back on most fondly when it comes to your own education?

A broad based public education is key; amongst other aspects it provides equality of opportunity, enables self development at one's own pace and interests, develops a focus on community and the importance of diversity. I spent a lot of time involved in music, other cultural activities and sport during my high school and University education and enjoyed the excitement and reward of team spirit, capacity building and mentoring, team support and performance.  The educational atmosphere, ability for open discourse and debate and opportunities to read original texts and manuscripts in the Oxford University library system are also fond memories.


Professor Martin is a physician and academic healthcare leader with skillsets and experience in complex regulatory and performance environments in both health and education. She leads two independent multidisciplinary high-profile National research programs informing clinical practice and healthcare policy around optimised use of medicines, has 20 years’ experience on specialist Government committees guiding Trans-Tasman pharmaceutical policy, was a long-serving member of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Policy and Advocacy Committee - setting strategy on a number of social policies affecting people’s health, until she became a Board Director of the RACP.

Her Industry experience (pharmaceutical), previous G8 University School Executive and Hospital Council experience, current leadership roles with Rhodes Scholars Australia where she has broadened the selection and representation of NSW scholars, and membership of the NSW Divisional Council and Corporate Governance Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors are diverse skillsets enhancing her academic contribution to Council.

She acknowledges the current issues affecting the tertiary education sector, including the pandemic, the government funding projections, the need for both alignment and differentiation with other education providers, and upcoming new research and teaching opportunities.  She believes these require reflection, transparent and deep discussion and analysis to enable optimal stewardship of the University, and to facilitate linkage and guidance of future community (with its diverse representation), Industry, Government research and leadership opportunities.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.