Elizabeth Rix

Elizabeth Rix

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Elizabeth (Liz) Rix is a currently working at the Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide, as a Senior Research Fellow one day per week. Her work is funded by the AKction Team.

Liz is a registered nurse, researcher and also works as a lecturer/academic on Bundjalung Country at Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples, Southern Cross University, NSW.

Her experience as a renal nurse with NSW Health was the foundation for her doctoral studies which focused on addressing systemic racism, with the aim of improving accessibility and acceptability of renal mainstream services for Aboriginal people receiving dialysis. Liz was fortunate to have Bundjalung Elders, renal patients, their families and carers, and Aboriginal Health Workers guide her in this work. Liz is currently working with a team of specialist academics and clinicians with Kidney Health Australia (KHA) and Caring for Australians with Renal Impairment (CARI), on developing and writing the ‘inaugural’ Guidelines for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples with chronic kidney disease.

Liz is passionate about working alongside Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Scholars, Health Practitioners and clinicians, Elders and Community members, as she continues to learn from their cultural and academic expertise in the health and well-being of their People. She is also keen to contribute to promoting and demystifying the process for non-Aboriginal professionals in ‘Decolonising their practice’, and growing her own understanding of being an effective accomplice/ally to enable her to continue to walk/work alongside Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

Research Interests

Liz’s research interests include: Indigenous health, with a focus on kidney disease; Cultural Safety, Reflective Practice; Qualitative and Indigenous research methods; chronic disease prevention and management; the care of older people; and improving mainstream health services for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples; Decolonizing health practice and worldviews for nurses and all healthcare professionals; becoming an effective and genuine accomplice to Aboriginal and/orTorres Strait Islander Peoples 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2022 - ongoing Senior Research Fellow (casual) University of Adelaide
    2020 - 2020 Coordinator/Lecturer University of Sydney
    2019 - ongoing Lecturer (part-time) Southern Cross University
    2016 - 2018 Research Fellow University of Sydney
    2015 - ongoing Lecturer/Writer (casual) Southern Cross University
    2015 - 2019 Lecturer/Academic Southern Cross University
    2015 - 2018 Registered Nurse St. Andrews Nursing Home
    2015 - 2016 Lecturer/Tutor Southern Cross University
    2015 - 2016 Clinical Nurse Educator Lismore Base Hospital
    2013 - 2015 Practice Nurse, Relief Gurgun Bulangeelah Aboriginal Medical Service
    2012 - 2015 Research fellow University of Sydney
    2010 - 2014 PhD Candidate University of Sydney
    2008 - 2010 Research Officer University of Sydney
    2006 - 2015 Registered Nurse Lismore Base Hospital
    2005 - 2006 Registered Nurse St. Vincent’s Private Hospital
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2018 Award 5 Star Teaching Awards Southern Cross University Australia -
    2016 Award Peter Bancroft Prize University of Sydney Australia -
    2010 Scholarship The Ian O’Rourke Scholarship in Patient Safety Clinical Excellence Commission Australia -
    2005 Scholarship Australian Government Aged Care Nursing Scholarship Scheme Australian Government Aged Care Australia -
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 University of Sydney Australia Doctor of Philosophy, Faculty of Medicine
    2007 Southern Cross University Australia Bachelor of Nursing (Hons)
    2004 Southern Cross University Australia Bachelor of Nursing
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2009 Master of Public Health University of Sydney Australia
    2007 Graduate Certificate in Haemodialysis Royal College of Nursing -
  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2024 Rix, E., Doran, F., Wrigley, B., & Rotumah, D. (2024). Decolonisation for health: A lifelong process of unlearning for Australian white nurse educators. Nursing Inquiry, 31(2), 10 pages.
    DOI
    2024 Parter, C., Gwynn, J., Wilson, S., Skinner, J. C., Rix, E., & Hartz, D. (2024). Putting Indigenous Cultures and Indigenous Knowledges Front and Centre to Clinical Practice: Katherine Hospital Case Example. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21(1), 3.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2024 Arnold-Ujvari, M., Rix, E., & Kelly, J. (2024). The emergence of cultural safety within kidney care for Indigenous Peoples in Australia. Nursing Inquiry, e12626-1-e12626-12.
    DOI
    2024 Tunnicliffe, D. J., Bateman, S., Arnold-Chamney, M., Dwyer, K. M., Howell, M., Gebadi, A., . . . Phoon, R. K. (2024). Recommendations for culturally safe clinical kidney care for First Nations Australians: a guideline summary (vol 219, pg 374, 2023). MEDICAL JOURNAL OF AUSTRALIA, 220(6), 310.
    DOI
    2023 Arnold-Ujvari, M., Rix, E., Kelly, J., Yip, A., & Tunnicliffe, D. (2023). CARI Guidelines, Culturally safe and clinical kidney care for First Nations Australians: A Summary. Renal Society of Australasia Journal., 19(2), 1-7.
    2023 Tunnicliffe, D. J., Bateman, S., Arnold-Chamney, M., Dwyer, K. M., Howell, M., Gebadi, A., . . . Phoon, R. K. (2023). Recommendations for culturally safe clinical kidney care for First Nations Australians: a guideline summary. The Medical journal of Australia, 219(8), 374-385.
    DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
    2023 Lokugamage, A. U., Rix, E. L., Fleming, T., Khetan, T., Meredith, A., & Hastie, C. R. (2023). Translating Cultural Safety to the UK. Journal of Medical Ethics, 49(4), 244-251.
    DOI Scopus13 WoS9 Europe PMC5
    2022 Doran, F., Wrigley, B., & Rix, E. (2022). "Teaching in Circle" with student nurses contributes to experiential understanding of cultural safety. CONTEMPORARY NURSE, 58(1), 82-94.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2021 Gatwiri, K., Rotumah, D., & Rix, E. (2021). BlackLivesMatter in Healthcare: Racism and Implications for Health Inequity among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Australia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9), 1-11.
    DOI Scopus45 WoS32 Europe PMC16
    2018 Longman, J. M., Rix, E., Johnston, J. J., & Passey, M. E. (2018). Ambulatory care sensitive chronic conditions: what can we learn from patients about the role of primary health care in preventing admissions?. AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF PRIMARY HEALTH, 24(4), 304-310.
    DOI Scopus17 WoS17 Europe PMC13
    2016 Rix, E. F., Moran, C., Kapeen, R., & Wilson, S. (2016). Building cultural bridges and two-way understanding: Working with Australian Aboriginal people within mainstream renal services. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 12(1), 12-17.
    Scopus6 WoS4
    2015 Longman, J. M., Passey, M. E., Ewald, D. P., Rix, E., & Morgan, G. G. (2015). Admissions for chronic ambulatory care sensitive conditions - a useful measure of potentially preventable admission?. BMC Health Services Research, 15(1), 472-1-472-4.
    DOI Scopus52 WoS52 Europe PMC43
    2015 Rix, E. F., Barclay, L., Stirling, J., Tong, A., & Wilson, S. (2015). The perspectives of Aboriginal patients and their health care providers on improving the quality of hemodialysis services: A qualitative study. Hemodialysis International, 19(1), 80-89.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS24 Europe PMC15
    2014 Rix, E. F., Barclay, L., Stirling, J., Tong, A., & Wilson, S. (2014). 'Beats the alternative but it messes up your life': Aboriginal people's experience of haemodialysis in rural Australia. BMJ Open, 4(9), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus34 WoS31 Europe PMC15
    2014 Rix, E. F., Barclay, L., & Wilson, S. (2014). Can a white nurse get it? 'Reflexive practice' and the non-Indigenous clinician/researcher working with Aboriginal people. Rural and Remote Health, 14(2), 13 pages.
    Scopus33 WoS26 Europe PMC11
    2014 Johnston, J., Wilson, S., Rix, E., & Pit, S. W. (2014). Publish or perish: strategies to help rural early career researchers increase publication output. Rural and remote health, 14(3), 2870.
    Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC2
    2013 Rix, E. F., Barclay, L., Wilson, S., Stirling, J., & Tong, A. (2013). Service providers' perspectives, attitudes and beliefs on health services delivery for Aboriginal people receiving haemodialysis in rural Australia: A qualitative study. BMJ Open, 3(10), 10 pages.
    DOI Scopus24 WoS23 Europe PMC16
    2012 Schuetze, H., Rix, E. F., Laws, R. A., Passey, M., Fanaian, M., & Harris, M. F. (2012). How feasible are lifestyle modification programs for disease prevention in general practice?. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 18(2), 129-137.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC4
  • Book Chapters

    Year Citation
    2020 Rix, L., & Rotumah, D. (2020). Healing Mainstream Health: Building Understanding and Respect for Indigenous Knowledges. In Cultural Competence and the Higher Education Sector (pp. 175-195). Springer Singapore.
    DOI
    2019 Rix, E. F., Wilson, S., Sheehan, N., & Tujague, N. (2019). Indigenist and decolonizing research methodology. In Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (pp. 253-267). Springer Singapore.
    DOI Scopus24
    2018 Rix, E. F., Wilson, S., Sheehan, N., & Tujague, N. (2018). Indigenist and Decolonizing Research Methodology. In Handbook of Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (pp. 1-15). Springer Singapore.
    DOI
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2023 Arnold-Ujvari, M., Rix, E., Kelly, J., Yip, A., & Tunnicliffe, D. (2023). CARI Guidelines, integrating the recommendations for culturally safe and clinical kidney care for First Nations Australians into daily practice. In E. Rix (Ed.), Abstracts of the Renal Society of Australasia Conference (RSA 2023), as published in Renal Society of Australasia Journal Vol. 19. Sydney: Renal Society of Australasia.
    2023 Arnold-Ujvari, M., Rix, E., Kelly, J., Yip, A., & Tunnicliffe, D. (2023). CARI Guidelines, integrating the recommendations for culturally safe and clinical kidney care for First Nations Australians into daily practice. In E. Rix (Ed.), Abstracts of the Renal Society of Australasia Conference (RSA 2023), as published in Renal Society of Australasia Journal Vol. 19. Sydney: Renal Society of Australasia.
  • Board Memberships

    Date Role Board name Institution name Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Board of American Indigenous Research Association American Indigenous Research Association United States
  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Member American Indigenous Research Association Conference Committee American Indigenous Research Association United States
    2017 - 2019 Member SCU Health Clinic Operations Committee SCU Health Clinic Australia
    2017 - ongoing Member Invited Lead: Community Consultation NSW: Informing Guidelines for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with chronic kidney disease ommunity Consultation NSW Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Guidelines Committee Kidney Health Australia - Caring for Australians with Renal Impairment (KHA-CARI). Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member International Nurses Association and World-Wide Leaders in Healthcare. International Nurses Association and World-Wide Leaders in Healthcare. Australia
    2013 - ongoing Member Advisory Committee, Antecedents to Renal Disease in Aboriginal Children (ARDAC) study. Antecedents to Renal Disease in Aboriginal Children (ARDAC) Australia
    2005 - 2009 Member Nursing Programs Advisory Committee Southern Cross University Australia
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member Associate Member Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINAM) Australia
    2006 - ongoing Member Renal Society of Australasia. Australia
    2003 - ongoing Member Royal College of Nursing Australia

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