Mrs Jane Ferns


University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health

Career Summary


Jane Ferns is a Lecturer in Interprofessional Practice at The University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health (UONDRH), based in Taree. In this role, Jane coordinates Interprofessional Learning modules for students of all health disciplines, bringing students together for interactive interprofessional learning experiences. Jane is responsible for piloting Service Learning programs in the local area, where students provide benefit to rural communities while consolidating their clinical practice and skills. This role is underpinned by strong collaboration with other academic staff at the UONDRH in order to provide interprofessional education to students within the area. Previous experience with the UONDRH includes overseeing Pharmacy student placements in the local area, providing support to placement supervisors and students.

Since graduating with a Master of Pharmacy in 2010 from The University of Newcastle, Jane has been employed in a range of pharmacy settings, including community pharmacy management and professional services roles and is accredited with the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy to provide medication reviews as well as accredited to provide immunisation services within pharmacy.


  • Master of Pharmacy, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences, University of Newcastle
  • Registered Pharmacist, Pharmacy Board of Australia


  • Pharmacy
  • Interprofessional Learning
  • Service Learning
  • Rural Health


  • English (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health


Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2017 -  Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy Accredited Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacy

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Community Pharmacist Various



Year Award
2018 Excellence in Health Professional Education
Flinders University and Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE)


For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Littlejohns SN, Ferns J, 'Adding value to the rural experience in student placements with community engagement', Australian Pharmacist, 35 24-24 (2016)
Co-authors Sonja Littlejohns

Conference (3 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2018 Ferns JL, Little AL, Croker AL, 'Me, myself and us: Unpacking the origins of our own interprofessional perspectives to facilitate collaborative patient-centred care', Hobart, TAS (2018)
Co-authors Anne Croker
2018 Ferns JL, Little AL, Brown LJ, Croker AL, 'Educating for collaborative healthcare opportunities (ECHO): Ideas for a sustainable model', Hobart, TAS (2018)
Co-authors Anne Croker, Leanne Brown
2018 Plunkett BM, Robinson A, Brown L, Pretty J, Ferns J, 'Creating new opportunities for student placement and enhancing patient care through the establishment of a rural dietetic service learning clinic (DSLC)', Sydney (2018)
Co-authors Bridget Plunkett, Leanne Brown

Mrs Jane Ferns


University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Faculty of Health and Medicine

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4055 1900