Jaklin Eliott

Dr Jaklin Eliott

Associate Professor

School of Public Health

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

Jaklin employs qualitative methodologies to examine how people talk or write about their experiences and perceptions of health-related issues, considering the social and ethical implications of different ways of understanding for individuals, carers (personal and professional), and society in general.

Her research is a unique contribution to the literature dealing with the social and moral aspects of the experience of cancer and terminal illness - particularly with regard to patient/consumer perspectives in the areas of decision-making, hope, and Complementary and Alternative Medicine. She has extensive experience in designing and conducting qualitative research, using focus group and personal interviews, and in analysing text, media, and speech via thematic and discursive analytical techniques.

A Senior Lecturer since 2012, and Program Coordinator since 2014 for the Counselling and Psychotherapy Graduate Suite of Programs in the School of Public Health, Associate Professor Eliott has overseen significant growth in student numbers, increased staff levels, and industry engagement, whilst teaching and providing supervision for students at post-graduate level.

Research Interests

end of life care
Advance Care Planning/Directives
medical decision-making
carers/families living with a serious illness
social aspects of alcohol consumption
social and moral aspects of healthcare

Investigating the inclusion of vulnerable populations in Advance Care Planning: Developing complex and sensitive public policy (2016-21) ($781,842 total: NHMRC contribution $379,367)
A project funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, Partnership Projects (ID: APP1133407), and partner organisations: 
  * Aged and Community Services SA & NT Inc
  * Alzheimer’s Australia SA
  * Law Society of South Australia
  * Modbury Hospital Foundation (MHF)
  * Multicultural Communities of SA (MCCSA)
  * Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)
  * Northern Communities Health Foundation (NCHF)
  * Northern Health Network (NHN)
  * Palliative Care SA (PCSA)
  * SA Health
Summary: Through this Partnership Project, the topic of Advance Care Planning (ACP) will bring together key stakeholders from government, professions, NGOs, and community members to determine how people from different cultural backgrounds (with specific engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples), and those requiring specialist health services to meet their health needs, can appropriately be included in policy development on issues that affect them. Building on knowledge and partnerships established during a 2015-16 scoping study, we will identify what is, what could be, and what should be done to support effective ACP and associated end-of-life care conversations within vulnerable communities.

Hearing the voices of the vulnerable in end-of-life care planning (2015/6). 
A project funded by Northern Communities Health foundation ($25,000). 
Crawford, A., Burgess, T., Eliott, J., Richards, B., Zivkovic, T., Chong, Al, & Faulkner, D. 
Summary: This scoping study aimed to bring together diverse stakeholders in South Australia to identify and name the issues and challenges that need further investigation, in order to bridge the gap between policy and practice in vulnerable populations, specifically in initiating advance care planning processes and developing advance care plans in accordance with national policy.
The main outcome of the project was the development of an NHMRC Partnership Grant which drew on the results of consultations with participants working with people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and people with chronic disease around their perceptions of the current processes around end of life care conversations and advance care planning processes.

Public and ethical responses to mandated alcohol warning labels about increased long-term risk of cancer (2012/16)
ARC Linkage Project, 2012-2015 (LP120200175)
Miller, E.R.,Eliott, J., Olver, I.N., Ali, R., Braunack-Mayer, A.J.,Crabb, S.H., Louise, J., & Baratiny, G.Y.
Partner Organisations: Cancer Council Australia, Drug and Alcohol Services South Australia
Summary: This project examines how the Australian public will respond to the proposed introduction of alcohol product warning labels. It will establish how such at point of sale messages can acceptably and effectively inform Australians about the long-term, but modifiable, cancer risk associated with alcohol use and reduce the national cancer burden.

Adelaide-Bordeaux Student Alcohol Project – a Pilot Study (2014)
A project funded by the Faculty of the Professions, University of Adelaide
Miller, E.R.,Eliott, J., & Bouzdine-Chameeva, T.
Summary: This project examines all aspects of alcohol behaviour, including all forms of alcohol, in students in both university cohorts. The information will assist in characterising risk behaviour in relation to alcohol, and will benefit the University by providing risk level data specific to inform appropriate preventive activity planning.



Teaching Activities 


Date Course Title Institution Course Level /  Code Role
2012-2015 Qualitative Research Methods in Health University of Adelaide Masters / PUB HLTH 7078 Course Coordinator/Lecturer
2015 Qualitative Research Methods in Health (OL) University of Adelaide Masters / PUB HLTH 7078OL Course Coordinator/Lecturer
2012 current Ethics in the Workplace University of Adelaide Masters / PUB HLTH 5006 Course Coordinator/Lecturer
2012 current Narrative Approaches to Counselling and Group Work University of Adelaide Masters / PUB HLTH 7005 Course Coordinator
Counselling Applications University of Adelaide Masters / PUB HLTH 7006 Sessional Lecturer
(Hope and positive psychology)
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Development of a Therapy/Care Model for Children of Veteran and Emergency Service Families - Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Master of Clinical Science Master Full Time Ms Karen Louise May
    2017 Principal Supervisor Screening and quality of life following diagnosis of sarcoma Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Joshua Henry McDonough
    2015 Principal Supervisor An Assessment of the Ethical Justification of Risk Labelling of Alcoholic Beverages in an Australian Context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Emma Muhlack
    2014 Co-Supervisor Fatherhood and Parental Leave Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ashlee Rae Borgkvist
    2013 Principal Supervisor Public Perceptions of the Link Between Alcohol and Cancer Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Natalie May
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor An Ethical Analysis of Obesity, Weight Stigma, and Public Health Master of Philosophy (Public Health) Master Full Time Ms Alison Harwood
    2016 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Identity and veteran health: considerations of context, culture, and change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time CAPT Paula Anne Dabovich
    2015 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Negotiating the Social Consequences of Stopping or Reducing Alcohol Consumption Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Ashlea Jade Bartram
    2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Interpersonal factors impacting the decision to (continue to) use Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in men with cancer – a mixed-methods study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nadja Klafke
    2010 - 2013 Co-Supervisor What is needed for telehealth to deliver sustainable value to the routine operations of health care in Australia? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Tori Wade
    2006 - 2009 External Supervisor Building Mental Health in Young Australians: A Positive Psychological Approach Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Anthony Venning
  • Position: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 83133855
  • Email: jaklin.eliott@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3339
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 9
  • Room: WS9067.01
  • Org Unit: Public Health

Connect With Me
External Profiles

Other Links