PROF Lynette Joubert

PROF Lynette Joubert


  • Aged abuse
  • Carers
  • Mental health, in particular the social aspects of depression and anxiety
  • Psychosocial aspects of chronic disease
  • Recovery after stroke



  • Professor Lynette Joubert is a PhD qualified social worker and clinical psychologist, Professor of Social Work (continuing teaching and research appointment), higher degree coordinator, senior honorary researcher at NorthWest Mental Health and member of the University of Melbourne Psychology Health and Applied Sciences Human Ethics Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Victorian Allied Health Research Committee, and mentor to allied health and practice researchers across health services in Melbourne.

    Prof Joubert is a leader in interdisciplinary health and mental health practice-based research. She is one of a small group of researchers internationally who have conducted randomised controlled trials on the contribution of social factors to improved outcomes for patients, with a particular focus on the elderly (stroke recovery, suicidal ideation, depression, oncology, elder abuse and chronic disease). She has 90 publications and has been the editor of 4 special editions of peer reviewed journals, together with 5 professional web-based reports. She has supervised 34 higher degrees to completion and is currently engaged in the supervision of 13 PhD students. She practised for eleven years prior to becoming an academic and in her current role, has continued with her research interests in clarifying, measuring and evaluating the outcomes of social interventions in health and mental health. She has developed an approach to assessment and intervention utilising social networks (social capital) that has been used in suicide risk, oncology and chronic disease. Her intervention for suicide prevention in Victoria reduced representation to emergency by 55%. She has developed the model further in her research i where there is an interaction between physical, psychological and social factors. Her recent research on a British Council Grant in Kerala India, together with colleagues from the University of York, has focused on developing a risk prof   


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Additional Grant Information

  • Dept of Health and Human Services
    2014 – 2016 - Supportive care for women with gynaecological cancer : assessment and intervention Prof Lynette Joubert and Assoc/Prof Orla McNally, $60,000
    2016 – 2017 Integrated Pre-hab for Cancer Patients : an exploratory evaluation of evidence based interventions Prof Lynette Joubert and Assoc Prof Lucio Nacarello, $60,000
    2016 – 2017 Pilot funding for exploratory studies into the need of children with Parents with Serious Mental Illness ; Needs of the Elderly with early stage Dementia referred to Community Mental Health services Prof Lynette Joubert and Ms Liesel Hebel, Northwest Mental Health, Melbourne
    2016 – 2017 Competitive tender : Educational program for 530 Social workers working for the Commonwealth Department of Health on Suicide Risk ; $93000
    2017 Melbourne School of Health Sciences : with Prof M Krishnasamy ($125,000)
    2017 International Research Award : Collaborative research with India $10,000
    2019 International Research Award : Collaborative research with India $110,000
    2017 - 2020 British Council award: community health front line workers and chronic disease in India. ($800,000)



Education and training

  • MA Clin Psych, Institution not known 1981
  • D Litt et Phil, University of South Africa 1981
  • BA Hons, Institution not known 1979
  • BA Hons MedSW, University of Stellenbosch 1974
  • B Soc Sc, University of Stellenbosch 1971


Available for supervision

  • Y