Professor Janet McCalman, FAHA, FASSA


Centre for Health & Society
Melbourne School of Population and Global Health
Level 4, Room 427, 207 Bouverie Street
The University of Melbourne
VIC 3010
Tel:    +61 3 8344 9107
Fax:    +61 3 8344 0824


Professor Janet McCalman is both a Professor at the Centre for Health & Society and in the History and Philosophy program in the Faculty of Arts. She has published three award-winning books: Struggletown: Public and Private Life in Richmond (1984), Journeyings: The Biography of a Middle-Class Generation (1993), and most recently Sex and Suffering, Women's Health and a Women's Hospital, 1856-1996 (1998). Her work has included oral history, archival research, qualitative and quantitative analysis and she has also published in labour history, education, politics and social practices.

Janet is interested in the history of health and illness, social ecology, environmental history, historical epidemiology, and the relationship between behaviour, social values and health. She is, therefore, strongly committed to the exploration of interdisciplinary studies. Janet supervises postgraduate students in the history of health and medicine, Australian and British social and political history, urban history and history of women, children and the family. She is a chief investigator an Australian Research Council Discovery project: 'Founders & Survivors: Australian life courses in historical context, 1800-2000”; and has collaborated with Prof Ian Anderson on another ARC project on the demographic and medical history of the Aboriginal people of Victoria, 1800-2000.

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