Course Coordinator & Researcher
Adelaide Nursing School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Janet Kelly is a nurse researcher and course coordinator focusing on improving health care and outcomes for and with Aboriginal people. She began her nursing career at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, and continued in midwifery, child and youth health, adolescent health, Aboriginal health and women's and sexual health in a range of urban and regional settings. Her Master of Nursing explored the role of sexual health nurses working with young Aboriginal women in urban areas and her PhD focused on Aboriginal women's health and collaboration. More recent collaborative research has involved co-developing a set of Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools with flexible adaptations. These are being used for quality improvement, reflective practice, education and training in renal care, cardiac care, nursing, midwifery and medicine. In 2019 Dr Kelly received funding for the Improving Aboriginal Kidney Care Together project through the Medical Research Future Fund and Health Translation SA. This collaborative project brings together Aboriginal kidney patients and their families, , health professionals, academics, researchers and other key stakeholders to identify gaps and strategies to improve care.
Health systems research
Participatory Action Research
Patient Journey Mapping & Mapping Tools
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
Improving Aboriginal Kidney Care Together
[formerly Engaging with Aboriginal People to Improve Kidney Care and Outcomes in South Australia]
January - December 2019, 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 Lead & Chief Investigator A
Funding: MRFF 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.
See recent 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
Catching Some AIR - Asserting Indigenous Information Rights in Renal Disease
January 2018 - July 2019, 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
See video of Alice Springs consultation
See video of Torres Strait consultation
South Australia and Northern Territory Stroke Study (SAiNTSS) Phase 4 Qualitative study
July- December 2016, SAHMRI Wardiparingga 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.
See new video on caring for Aboriginal people with stroke produced through this study (soon to be released).
Communicate Project: in- hospital communication experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
January 2015 - June 2016, SAHMRI Wardiparingga 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
January - June 2016, SAHMRI Wardiparingga 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
January – December 2016, 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
January 2014 – December 2015, 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
2013- 2015: 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 for phase 2
Funding: Heart Foundation
Comorbidity Action in the North (CAN) project
2014 – 2015, University of Adelaide School of Nursing
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
Partners in Recovery- mental health
2013 – 2014 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
January 2013 - 2015 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
See the full range of patient journey mapping tools, case studies and workbooks at
Managing Two Worlds Together – City Hospital Care for Country Aboriginal people
2008-2012, 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
Date Position Institution name 2015 - 2019 Researcher South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute 2014 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 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 — — —
Date Institution name Country Title 2009 Flinders University Australia PhD 2004 Flinders University Australia Master of Nursing
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
Year Citation 2019 Harvey, G., Gifford, W., Cummings, G., Kelly, J., Kislov, R., Kitson, A., . . . Ehrenberg, A. (2019). Mobilising evidence to improve nursing practice: A qualitative study of leadership roles and processes in four countries. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 90, 21-30.
2018 Kelly, J., Dowling, A., McBride, K., Keech, W., & Brown, A. (2018). 'We get so task orientated at times that we forget the people': Staff communication experiences when caring for Aboriginal cardiac patients. Australian Health Review.
2017 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., Mackean, T., O'Donnell, K., & Willis, E. (2017). Coproducing Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools for improved quality and coordination of care. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 23(6), 536-542.
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2016 Kelly, J., Wilden, C., Chamney, M., Martin, G., Herman, K., & Russell, C. (2016). Improving cultural and clinical competency and safety of renal nurse educaton. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 12(3), 106-112.
2016 Wilson, A., Kelly, J., Magarey, A., Jones, M., & Mackean, T. (2016). Working at the interface in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health: focussing on the individual health professional and their organisation as a means to address health equity. International Journal for Equity in Health, 15(1), 187-1-187-12.
2016 Tavella, R., McBride, K., Keech, W., Kelly, J., Rischbieth, A., Zeitz, C., . . . Brown, A. (2016). Disparities in acute in-hospital cardiovascular care for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal South Australians. Medical Journal of Australia, 205(5), 222-227.
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2016 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., O'Donnell, K., & Willis, E. (2016). Equitable care for indigenous people: Every health service can do it. Asia Pacific Journal of Health Management, 11(3), 11-17. 2016 Tavella, R., Keech, W., McBride, K., Brown, A., Kelly, J., Rischbieth, A., . . . Tideman, P. (2016). Evaluation of In-Hospital Disparities between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal South Australians in Acute Cardiovascular Care. MJA. 2016 Reilly, R., & Kelly, J. (2016). Book Review: Trapped in the Gap: Doing Good in Indigenous Health. Health Sociology Review, 342-343. 2016 Kelly, J., Dowling, A., McBride, K., Keech, W., & Brown, A. (2016). In-hospital communication experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people: a systematic review protocol. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 14(10), 88-97.
2016 Reilly, R., & Kelly, J. (2016). Trapped in the gap: doing good in Indigenous Australia. HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW, 25(3), 342-343.
2016 Liu, D., de Crespigny, C., Procter, N., Kelly, J., Francis, H., Posselt, M., . . . Galletly, C. (2016). Comorbidity Action in the North – A Study of Services for People with Comorbid Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Disorders in the Northern Suburbs of Adelaide. Australasian Psychiatry, 24(6), 592-597.
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2016 Kelly, J., Wilden, C., Herman, K., Martin, G., Russell, C., & Brown, S. (2016). Bottling knowledge and sharing it - using patient journey mapping to build evidence and improve Aboriginal renal patient care. Renal Society of Australasia Journal, 12(2), 48-55. 2015 Willis, E., Dwyer, J., kelly, J., & Mackean, T. (2015). Hybrid cultures: creating a third space in Aboriginal health care. Journal of Australian Indigenous Issues, 18(4), 2-20. 2015 Wilson, A., Magarey, A., Jones, M., O'Donnell, K., & Kelly, J. (2015). Attitudes and characteristics of health professionals working in Aboriginal health. Rural and Remote Health, 15(1), 2739-1-2739-14.
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2015 Cusack, L., Kelly, J., Harland, J., Gowing, L., Grønkjaer, M., & Whitaker, N. (2015). Alcohol and drug screening for older Australians. Australian Nursing and Midwifery Journal, 22(7), 41. 2014 Posselt, M., Galletly, C., de Crespigny, C., Cairney, I., Moss, J., Liu, D., . . . Banders, A. (2014). Ethics overload: impact of excessive ethical review on comorbidity research. Mental Health and Substance Use, 7(3), 184-194.
2014 Dwyer, J., Willis, E., & Kelly, J. (2014). Hospitals caring for rural Aboriginal patients: holding response and denial. Australian Health Review, 38(5), 546-551.
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2014 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., Willis, E., & Pekarsky, B. (2014). Travelling to the city for hospital care: access factors in country Aboriginal patient journeys. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 22(3), 109-113.
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2014 McBride, K., Kelly, J., Kite, E., Keech, W., Rischbieth, A., & Brown, A. (2014). Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people admitted for a cardiac event in Australian public hospitals: a systematic review protocol. JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports, 12(9), 45-57.
2013 Kelly, J. (2013). Decolonizing sexual health nursing with Aboriginal women.. The Canadian journal of nursing research = Revue canadienne de recherche en sciences infirmieres, 45(3), 50-65.
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2012 Wilson, A., Jones, M., Kelly, J., & Magarey, A. (2012). Community-based obesity prevention initiatives in aboriginal communities: the experience of the eat well be active community programs in South Australia. Health, 4(12A), 1500-1508.
2006 Kelly, J. (2006). Is it Aboriginal friendly? Searching for ways of working in research and practice that support Aboriginal women.. Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 22(2), 317-326.
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Year Citation 2018 Arnold-Chamney, M., Latimer, S., Barton, M., & Kelly, J. (2018). Acute Renal Conditions. In J. Gilbert, & E. Coyne (Eds.), Acute Care Nursing (pp. 123-144). Cambridge University Press.
Year Citation 2017 Kelly, J., Dowling, A., Lynch, D., Brown, A., Goldsmith, K., Hillier, S., . . . Thrift, A. (2017). Stroke rehabilitation for Aboriginal people in urban, regional and remote settings across South Australia and the Northern Territory: a qualitative study. Poster session presented at the meeting of INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE. SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD. 2016 Keech, W., McBride, K., Stewart, H., Kelly, J., Goldsmith, K., Hansen, C., & Brown, A. (2016). Addressing Disparities for Aboriginal People: The South Australian Aboriginal Heart and Stroke Plan. Poster session presented at the meeting of CEREBROVASCULAR DISEASES. KARGER. 2016 McBride, K., Keech, W., Kelly, J., Stewart, H., Tavella, R., & Brown, A. (2016). Essential Service Standards for Equitable National Cardiovascular Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Measurement Indicators – An Exemplar for Identifying Gaps to Drive Reform. Poster session presented at the meeting of Poster. Adelaide. 2016 Keech, W., McBride, K., Stewart, H., Kelly, J., & Brown, A. (2016). South Australia’s Evidence-Based Response to Better
Cardiac Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
People. Poster session presented at the meeting of 64TH CARDIAC SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING AND THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR HEART RESEARCH AUSTRALASIAN SECTION ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING. Adelaide.
2016 Kelly, J., Keech, W., McBride, K., Kite, E., Tavella, R., Astley, C., . . . Brown, A. (2016). The Experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander People Hospitalised for an Acute Cardiac
Event in Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of Poster. Adelaide.
2016 Kelly, J., Keech, W., Dowling, A., McBride, K., & Brown, A. (2016). The Importance of Effective Communication in Hospital Between Aboriginal Cardiac Patients and Health Professionals. Poster session presented at the meeting of Poster. Adelaide. 2015 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., Mackean, T., & O'Donnell, K. (2015). Mapping Aboriginal patient journeys – working together to identify gaps and improve health outcomes. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conference Proceedings - HSRAANZ. Melbourne. 2015 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., O'Donnell, K., Mackean, T., Pekarsky, B., Willis, E., . . . de Crespigny, C. (2015). A shared innovation: co-developing Aboriginal patient journey mapping tools. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstract proceedings - National Primary Health Care Conference. Canberra.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2015 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., Pekarsky, B., Mackean, T., Willis, E., de Crespigny, C., . . . Dixon, K. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together. Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys—Study Report
,. Melbourne: Lowitja Institute.
2015 Kelly, J., Dwyer, J., Pekarsky, B., Mackean, T., McCabe, N., Wiseman, J., . . . O'Donnell, K. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together. Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys— Workbook (Version 1)
,. Lowitja Institute.
2015 Kelly, J., Herman, K., Martin, G., Wilden, C., East, T., Russel, C., & Brown, S. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together. Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys—Renal Case Studies. Melbourne: Lowitja Institute. 2015 Kelly, J., Ramage, M., Perry, D., Tinsley, G., Auckram, H., Corkhill, S., . . . McCabe, N. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together. Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys—Cardiac Case Studies. Melbourne: Lowitja institute. 2015 Kelly, J., Medway, P., Miller, D., Catt, L., & Lawrence, M. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys—Maternity Case Studies. Melbourne: Lowitja Institute. 2015 Kelly, J., Wiseman, J., Mazzone, S., Miller, D., Newman, J., Ryan, B., . . . Martinez, L. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together. Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys—Rural and Remote Sites Case Studies
,. Melbourne: Lowitja Institute.
2015 Kelly, J., McCabe, N., McInnes, W., Kirkbride, M., Graham, A., Rigney, D., & Nori, A. (2015). Managing Two Worlds Together. Stage 3: Improving Aboriginal Patient Journeys—City Sites Case Studies. Melbourne: Lowitja Institute.
|2018||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||TBA|
|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||$1,766,216.40|
|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||TBA|
|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||$149,547.88|
|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
|2016 - present||Course Coordinator: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health_Nursing 30080L, Adelaide Nursing School|
|2016 - present||Course Coordinator: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health & Culture_Nursing 72080L, Adelaide Nursing School|
|2013||Medical Student Rural Research Placement, Flinders University School of Medicine|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Principal Supervisor Disrespect and Abuse in Maternity Services in Ethiopia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yohannes Mehretie Adinew 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 S Al-Jabri 2018 Principal Supervisor The experience of families in ICU: A qualitative exploration of social media Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Mrs Julia Muller Spiti 2015 Co-Supervisor Models of care for the Perioperative Bays at the new RAH Master of Clinical Science Master Part Time Ms Louise McGuire
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 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
Date Role Membership Country 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 —
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2013 - 2013 SA Health Country Health SA Health services and related Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2016 - ongoing Member Renal Society of Australasia Journal Ed — —
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