Jaklin Eliott

Associate Professor 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

For details on projects available please view the following booklet: School of Public Health Student Projects

Additional project/s are listed below.

A qualitative analysis of children's talk about sleepiness and fatigue

Sleepiness and fatigue are common symptoms of many conditions impacting the health, well-being, social and cognitive performance of young children. Sleepiness and fatigue are distinct but inter-related constructs, presenting a challenge to accurately and distinctly measuring these symptoms. Furthermore, existing self-report tools have been developed for adults, and are only suitable for older children and adolescents to complete.  An understanding of the perspectives and language used by younger children to define and describe their experience of sleepiness and fatigue is an important first step in both understanding these constructs from a child’s perspective, but also for development of valid self-report tools. This project will involve qualitative analysis of interview transcripts eliciting responses by children to a series of images and spoken scenarios designed to represent instances of sleepiness and fatigue. The outcome will describe distinct themes and content to form the basis of future assessment tool development.

This project is suitable for psychology or public health students enrolled in Honours or Masters coursework degrees. Some training in qualitative methodologies is required. 

A qualitative study: healthcare professionals’ views of patient and family perspectives on place of death ($20,350 total) (2019-20)
A project funded by the Northern Communities Health Foundation
  This project aims to elicit and analyse the perspectives of healthcare professionals across diverse settings and disciplines about the experiences of their patients and families regarding actual and preferred place of death. During this study we will identify key factors (medical, familial, social, cultural) that healthcare professionals observe as influential in preferred place of death; analyse healthcare professionals’ views on patient and family preferences for place of death; and, develop an NHMRC (or similar) grant to document and analyse the stability, nature of, and justification for, preferences for place of death amongst patients and families over time.

Values and Ethics in Advance Care Planning within and for Vulnerable Australian Communities Supplementary Scholarship  ($5,000 per year up to 3 years) (2020 onward)
A scholarship funded by the Northern Communities Health Foundation
Summary: This scholarship will provide a supplementary scholarship for a PhD candidate to investigate the ethical issues evident in policy and practice pertaining to the National Framework for Advance Care Directives (2011), particularly regarding vulnerable groups in South Australia. With a focus on advance care planning, the successful candidate will analyse points of convergence and divergence between the ethical assumptions and values embedded in academic literature and policy documents relating to current legislation and clinical practice, as well as within the views of community and healthcare professionals. This will inform the development of legislation, policies, and practices that encompass the diverse views and values within the Australian population.

Culturally appropriate end of life care within Indigenous Communities Supplementary Scholarship ($10,000 per year up to three years) (2020 onward)
A scholarship funded the the Northern Communities Health Foundation
 This scholarship will provide a supplementary scholarship for a PhD (or MPhil) candidate to work closely with community to learn values, preferences, and current practices around finding out what Indigenous Australians want, and get at the end of life. This will help those making policies and those providing care, to work with communities and individuals so that these policies and practices will better reflect Indigenous values and preferences. It will also provide an example of how to better work with Indigenous Australians so that sensitive policy and practice is more culturally appropriate.

Best practice in developing sensitive public policy within vulnerable communities (with a specific focus on Vietnamese communities (2019-20) ($88,000 total)
A project funded by The Hospital Research Foundation
Summary: This project will review best practice in engaging with vulnerable or marginalised communities in the development of complex and sensitive public policy, and is affiliated with the NHRMC Project ID APP1133407). The funds will be used to employ two post-doctoral positions (total 0.4 FTE for 18 months). The first will systematically review the national and international academic literature regarding engagement with vulnerable or marginalised communities in developing sensitive public policy; the second will focus on the role of 'silence' and/or the 'unspoken' in advance care planning amongst Vietnamese communities. 

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.
You can learn more about this project here.

Hearing the voices of the vulnerable in end-of-life care planning (2015/16). 
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

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