Janet Kelly

Associate Professor Janet Kelly

Associate Prof/Reader

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Associate Professor Janet Kelly is a nurse researcher and course coordinator focused on improving health care and outcomes for and with Aboriginal people. She has co-designed flexible and adaptable health journey mapping tools that identify barriers and enablers, gaps and strategies in care. These tools are increasing being used for quality improvement, reflective practice, education and training in renal care, cardiac care, nursing, midwifery and medicine.

In 2019 Janet led the AKction – Aboriginal Kidney Care Together – Improving Outcomes Now Project, funded through Health Translation SA, bringing together Aboriginal kidney patients and their families, health professionals, academics, researchers and other key stakeholders to identify strengths and gaps and improve care. Janet now co-leads AKction2, a 5 year NHMRC Ideas grant with Dr Kim O'Donnell. This project positions Aboriginal people with lived experience of kidney disease as patient experts and chief investigators, and hasfour nested sub studies: Indigenous governance, Kidney journey mapping, Peer support and navigation, and Cultural safety.

Janet began her nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and then worked in midwifery, child and youth health, adolescent health, Aboriginal, women's and sexual health care across a range of urban and regional settings. Her PhD focused on Moving Forward Together in Aboriginal Women's Health, and her Master of Nursing explored the role of sexual health nurses working with young Aboriginal women in urban areas. During these studies Janet co-designed a culturally respectful participatory action research approach with Aboriginal community women that involves repeated cycles of Look & Listen, Think and Discuss, and Take Action Together. This continues to underpin her collaborative work.

Research Interests:

Aboriginal health

Collaborative research

Health systems research

Participatory Action Research

Patient Journey Mapping & Mapping Tools

Kidney Health

Research Projects

 
Aboriginal Kidney Care Together Improving Outcomes Now - AKction

Latest  Croakey articles

More than a patient - cultural and clinical knowledge on a healing journey

https://www.croakey.org/more-than-a-patient-cultural-and-clinical-knowledge-on-a-healing-journey/

Jared Kartinyeri Ina Williamson & Nari Sinclair at Kanggawodli on World Kidney Day

 

Dreaming big - building a movement in Aboriginal kidney care

 

 Holding that space - game changing Kidney projecthas research activism at its core

 

AKction1 to AKction2

 

AKction2:

Timeline: April 2021 – March 2026

Location: Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

Description: A collaborative action research project involving Aboriginal people with kidney disease and their families, health professionals, renal services, health and support services, universities and other key stakeholders. Methods include community consultations, patient journey mapping, priority setting and implementation of improvement strategies.

Role: Project co-lead & Chief Investigator B

Funding: NHMRC Ideas Grant

Collaborations and Networks: Central Northern Adelaide Renal & Transplantation Service (CNARTS), SA Health, Kidney Health Australia, National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce (NIKTT), Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium, Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Port Augusta), Ceduna Hospital (and more being established).

AKction1 - Aboriginal Kidney Care Together Improving Outcomes Now

Timeline: January 2020 – December 2021

Location: Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

Description: A collaborative action research project involving Aboriginal people with kidney disease and their families, health professionals, renal services, health and support services, universities and other key stakeholders. Methods include community consultations, patient journey mapping, priority setting and implementation of improvement strategies.

Research activities: Community consultations, patient journey mapping, AKction Reference Group, stakeholder workshops, piloting new models of care.

Role: Project Lead & Chief Investigator A

Funding: Health Translation SA – Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant.

Collaborators: Central Northern Adelaide Renal & Transplantation Service (CNARTS), SA Health, Kidney Health Australia, Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium, Pika Wiya Health Service Aboriginal Corporation (Port Augusta), Health Translation SA.

AKction1 Research Outputs:

  • AKction Reference Group comprising Aboriginal patients and family members with lived experience of kidney disease and kidney care
  • Patient Journey Mapping Tools specific for Aboriginal Kidney Care
  • Video (above)
  • Radio interviews
  • Annual key stakeholder workshops
  • Community consultation reports for Adelaide, Port Augusta and Ceduna
Adel AKction community consultation report    

   For full copies of reports go to: https://kidney.org.au/get-involved/advocacy/yarning-kidney-consultations

  • Newspaper articles
  1. Port Augusta Community Consultation https://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/5893548/art-raises-awareness-for-kidney-care/?cs=1538&utm_source=website&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=sidebar
  • New models of practice in kidney care – Dialysis at Kanggawodli Aboriginal Hostel 
  1. https://centraladelaide.health.sa.gov.au/new-dialysis-chairs-at-aboriginal-health-service/
  2. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-11-26/sa-dialysis-trial-has-promising-results-for-aboriginal-patients/12914018
Health Journey Mapping

Timeline: October 2020 – April 2022

Location: Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

Description:Review of use of the Managing Two World Together patient journey mapping tools, and co-design of new health journey mapping tools.

Research activities: Literature search, survey, prototype development, field and pilot testing of new tools and resources. Launch of tools, user guide and workshop April 2022.

Role: Project Lead

Research outputs: Clinical, detailed and strategic tools and resource packages.

Family are critically important in Aboriginal health journeys
Including family members in Aboriginal Health Journeys is important

 

Review of kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleAustralian Indigenous Health Bulletin

Timeline: January – September 2020

Location: Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

Description: A literature review and update of kidney health in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples and health services over the last five years. Commissioned work  for HealthInfoNet.

Role: Project Lead

Research Outputs:

Literature review report and update

Schwartzkopff K.M., Kelly, J., Potter, C. (2020). Review of kidney health among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Australian Indigenous HealthBulletin 20(4).

Webinar

Owen, K., Kelly, J., Schwartzkopff, K., West, G. (2020). Navigating the journey of kidney disease for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people [webinar]. Perth: Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet.

Radio interview

Janet Kelly and Kelli Owen spoke on National Indigenous Radio Service about the review and Kelli’s lived experience of kidney disease and transplantation.

 

Cultural Bias Scoping Review for Lowitja Institute and National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce

Timeline: January – December 2020

Description: A commissioned scoping review of cultural bias initiatives in kidney care and transplantation in Australian health care. This scoping review and policy brief now informs kidney transplantation policies and practices across Australia. Endorsed by Minister Ken Wyatt.

Role: Project Lead

Research Outputs:

  • Policy brief
  • Full report co-authored with Lowitja Institute, and produced in collaboration with the National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce Cultural Bias Working Group. 

KidneyCare4Mob

 

Catching Some AIR - Asserting Indigenous Information Rights in Renal DiseaseJK kangaroo

Timeline: January 2018 – July 2019

Location: Menzies School of Health Research

Description: This project aims to develop an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led culturally appropriate consultation process informing the needs of the inaugural KHA-CARI (Kidney Health Australia-Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment) Guideline For the Management of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Role: Chief Investigator D

Funding: Lowitja Institute

Project Lead: Jaqui Hughes, Menzies School of Health Research

Partners:

  1. Top-End NT Renal Patient Advisory and Advocacy Committee (RAAC)
  2. Kidney Health Australia-Caring for Australasians with Renal Impairment Guideline writing
  3. Australia and New Zealand Dialysis and Transplantation Registry

Research outputs:

Article in Medical Journal of Australia

https://www.mja.com.au/journal/2019/211/1/re-framing-indigenous-kidney-health-workforce

Project report

https://apo.org.au/node/303435

Video of Alice Springs consultationas

https://www.menzies.edu.au/page/Research/Projects/Kidney/Catching_Some_Air-_Asserting_Indigenous_Information_Rights_in_Renal_Disease/Latest_news/Video_CSA_from_Alice_Springs_Consultation_Meeting_September_2018/

 

TS photoVideo of Torres Strait consultation

https://www.menzies.edu.au/page/Research/Projects/Kidney/Catching_Some_Air-_Asserting_Indigenous_Information_Rights_in_Renal_Disease/Latest_news/CSA_-_Catching_Some_Air/

 

For further information, go to

https://www.lowitja.org.au/page/research/research-categories/science-and-health-conditions/health-conditions/projects/catching-some-air

South Australia and Northern Territory Stroke Study (SAiNTSS) Phase 4 Qualitative study

Timeline: July – December 2016

Location: SAHMRI Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Research Unit

Description: Qualitative research project focusing on stroke care experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and staff who care for them

Role: Study Coordinator, Lead Researcher, Mentor for Aboriginal Research Assistants

Funding: Monash University

Collaborations: SA Health, Wardliparingga Aboriginal Research Unit,  Aboriginal Chronic Disease Consortium, Monash University.

Research Outputs:

New video on caring for Aboriginal people with stroke produced through this study.

Communicate Project: in- hospital communication experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Timeline: January 2015 – June 2016

Location: SAHMRI Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Research Unit

Description: Qualitative research project exploring in hospital communication experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients their family members and staff who care for them

Role: Study Coordinator, Researcher, Mentor for Aboriginal Research Assistants

Funding: Heart Foundation Focus Grant

SA Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan

Timeline: January – June 2016

Location: SAHMRI Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Research Unit

Description: Mixed methods research to support the SA Heart and Stroke Plan 2016 – 2020

Role: Research Assistant, Community Liaison

Funding: SA Health

FLAME – Facilitators and Leaders Actively Mobilising Evidence

Timeline: January – December 2016

Location: Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

Description: International qualitative study exploring the role of managers and facilitators in mobilising knowledge into practice. Adelaide sites – Northern Adelaide Local Health Network

Role: Research Assistant

Funding: Northern Communities Fund

Northern Territory Cardiac Patient Journeys

Timeline: January 2014 – December 2015

Location: Menzies School of Health Research

Description: Qualitative study co-developing and testing patient journey mapping tools for Northern Territory setting

Role: Researcher, Aboriginal Patient Journey Mapping Consultant

Funding: Heart Foundation Focus Grant

In- hospital cardiac disparities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients

Timeline: 2013 – 2015

Location: Heart Foundation of South Australia

Description: Mixed methods research with SA Cardiac Clinical Network, SAHMRI and Heart Foundation involving systematic literature review and case note audit.

Role: Research Coordinator (phase 2)

Funding: Heart Foundation

Comorbidity Action in the North (CAN) project

Timeline: 2014 – 2015

Location: Adelaide Nursing School, University of Adelaide

Description: Qualitative participatory action research study investigating care needs and availability for Aboriginal people in the northern suburbs in Adelaide.

Role: Supervisor of international PhD student, member of Aboriginal specific project research team

Funding: NHMRC

Partners in Recovery- Mental Health

Timeline: 2013 – 2014

Location: Flinders University

Description: Capacity building team member for national Partners in Recovery Program

Role: Knowledge Translation 

Funding: Department of Health (Federal)

Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys – Managing Two Worlds Together Stage 3

Timeline: January 2013 – 2015

Location: Flinders University & University of Adelaide

Description: Collaborative qualitative study co-developing, adapting and testing a set of patient journey mapping tools

Role: Project Lead

Funding: Lowitja Institute Small grants

 

 

MTWT

 

Managing Two Worlds Together – City Hospital Care for Country Aboriginal people

Timeline: 2008 – 2012

Location: Flinders University

Description: Mixed methods research investigating barriers and enablers, gaps and strategies in care when rural and remote Aboriginal people travel to city hospitals for care.

Role: Project Coordinator

Funding: SA Health – Strategic Health Research Grants

                                                                 

 

  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2015 - 2019 Researcher South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
    2014 - ongoing Researcher and Course Coordinator University of Adelaide
    2013 - 2015 Research Project Officer Heart Foundation
    2013 - 2015 Project Leader Flinders University
    2013 - 2014 Lecturer / Researcher Flinders University
    2013 - 2014 Senior Research Officer Flinders University
    2011 - 2014 Associate Professor (adjunct) University of Adelaide
    2011 - ongoing Community Health Nurse, Aboriginal & Women’s health Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service
    2008 - 2012 Research Associate & Project Coordinator Flinders University
    1997 - 2013 Community Health Nurse Sexual Health, Aboriginal health Shine SA/ Family Planning SA
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2015 Award Australian Journal of Primary Health Prize for Best Research Paper
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2009 Flinders University Australia PhD
    2004 Flinders University Australia Master of Nursing
  • Certifications

    Date Title Institution name Country
    2003 Adolescent health and Welfare University of Melbourne Australia
    1992 Community Child Health Nursing Flinders University Australia
    1989 Registred Midwife Modbury Hospital Australia
    1985 Registered Nurse Royal Adelaide Hospital Australia
  • Research Interests

Grants
2021 AKction2: Aboriginal Kidney Care Together – Improving Outcomes Now

O'Donnell, K, Kelly, J, Owen, K, Lester, R, Sinclair, N, Bateman, S, Lavoie, J

NHMRC Ideas Grant $1,950,172
2018

AKction: Aboriginal Kidney Care Together – Improving Outcomes Now         (formerly Engaging with Aboriginal people to Improve kidney care and outcomes in South Australia)

Kelly, J, McDonald, S, Jesudason, S, Whittington, T, Pearson, O, Arnold-Chamney, M MRFF Rapid Applied Research Translation for Health Impact Grant   $185,604
2018 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers' and Liaision Officers' role in quality acute health care services Macken, T, Baum, F, Wilson, A, Willis, E, Kelly, J, Taylor, K,  Gibson, O, Huner, C,  O'Donnell, K. NHMRC Project Grant $1,571,334
2018 WOMB: WOmen's action for Mums and Bubs (WOMB): A  pragmatic trial of participatory women's groups to improve Indigenous maternal and child health Larkins, S, Taylor, J, Cadet-James, Y, Bailie, R, Farmer, J, Passey, M, Felton-Busch, Matthews, V, Callander, E, Evans, R   (J Kelly AI) NHMRC Project Grant $1,766,216
2017 Catching Some AIR – Asserting Indigenous information Rights in renal disease Hughes, J, Palmer, S, Kelly, J, Mick-Ramsamy, L,  Hall, H, Mills, P, Cass, A Lowitja Institute Research Grant   $388,814
2014 Improving the patient journey for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with heart disease Ilton, M, Kelly, J, Connors, C, Iyngkaran, B Heart Foundation Focus Grant   $149,547
2013 Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys Kelly, J, Dwyer, J, Pekarsky, B, Willis, E,  Carson, D Lowita Institute Small Grants    $99, 072
2013 Communicate: Acute cardiac in-hospital communication experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Brown, A, Keech, W, McBride, K, Kelly, J Heart Foundation Focus Grant   $150,000
Learning and Teaching
2019 – 2022 Course Coordinator: Aboriginal  Healthcare_Nursing 1012 &/or 7208, Adelaide Nursing School
2016 – 2021 Lecturer: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health_Nursing 30080L, Adelaide Nursing School
2016 – 2019 Lecturer: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Culture_Nursing 72080L, Adelaide Nursing School
   
  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2022 Principal Supervisor Indigenous Governance in Community Aboriginal Reference Team within AKction (Aboriginal Kidney care - together improving outcomes now) Master of Philosophy (Clinical Science) Master Part Time Ms Kelli J Owen
    2021 Principal Supervisor Investigating and responding to incidents in anaesthetic airway management in Australian and New Zealand hospitals Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Yasmin Endlich
    2021 Principal Supervisor Enhancing cultural safety in Aboriginal kidney care – a participatory action research involving nurses and Aboriginal patients. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mrs Melissa Arnold-Chamney
    2019 Principal Supervisor Disrespect and Abuse in Maternity Services in Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yohannes Mehretie Adinew
    2019 Co-Supervisor Designing efficient and safe spaces for perioperative patient care. How do perioperative nurses contribute to perioperative environment planning and design. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Miss Kasey Irwin
    2018 Principal Supervisor How social media is being used to research the experience of mourning: A scoping review protocol Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Mrs Julia Muller Spiti
    2018 Principal Supervisor Midwives' and Maternity Nurses' Knowledge, Practices and Attitudes Toward Active Management of the Third Stage of Labour to Prevent Postpartum Haemorrhage in Oman; A Mixed Method Study Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Noora Saleh H Al-Jabri
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2015 - 2019 Co-Supervisor Developing a model of care for a 4-6 bedded Post Anaesthetic Recovery Unit: a Delphi study Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Ms Louise McGuire
    2014 - 2015 Co-Supervisor Addressing Aboriginal Community People's Mental Health and Alcohol and Drug Comorbidity Service needs in the Salisbury and Playford Local Government Areas of South Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Hepsibah Sharmil Francis Jebaraj
  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2021 - ongoing Member Lowitja Institute Members Community Australia
    2020 - ongoing Member Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand Australia
    2016 - ongoing Member Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives
    2011 - 2012 Editorial Committee Action Learning Action Research Journal
    2011 - 2012 Aboriginal Health Network
  • Consulting/Advisories

    Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country
    2020 - ongoing Kidney Health Australia Kidney Health Australia Health services and related Australia
    2013 - 2013 SA Health Country Health SA Health services and related Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2016 - ongoing Member Renal Society of Australasia Journal Ed
  • Position: Associate Prof/Reader
  • Phone: 83130964
  • Email: janet.kelly@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 83130663
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences, floor 4
  • Org Unit: Nursing

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