Aboriginal Health Care Senior Researcher
Adelaide Nursing School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Kim is a Barkindji/Malyangapa woman from far Western NSW, and a Senior Researcher, Aboriginal Health Care Research, Adelaide Nursing School at the University of Adelaide. Kim is a Public Health researcher with extensive understanding and experience working with Australia’s First Peoples in education, health, and governance.
Kim’s Doctor of Public Health thesis explored the funding relationship between staff within Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations and government, focusing on understanding of their accountability to each other, and the extent to which funding contracts provide the basis for partnership. A mutual lack of trust was found, coexisting with goodwill on both sides. Distrust is perpetuated when there is a lack of agreed understanding about purpose and function of Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations– arising from history, effects of colonisation, systemic racism and commonwealth bureaucratic restrictions.
A new approach focused on the building of respectful relationships is crucial and needs to be reflected in the contractual agreements for improved health outcomes of Australia’s First Peoples.
Kim worked as Senior Project Researcher of the Indigenous Researcher and Capacity Building Network project at the South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute. This project explored building a national approach to supporting and growing the next generation of Indigenous researchers working in Aboriginal health across each of the 9 Centres and their partners that make up the Australian Health Research Alliance. The aim is to effect translation of research into practice, offering timely consistent and quality interventions through a collaborative, Indigenous led and consensus driven approach. Kim’s role was pivotal to establishing this network as a coordination point for the activities occurring.
Kim also worked on the RECOGNISE campaign as a National Field Leader to raise awareness around the principles of constitutional reform. She co-led Health Policy and Systems research of The Lowitja Institute and chaired the Mutawintji Local Land Council board from 2016-2019 in Western NSW. She also co facilitated the gazettal of an additional 56,954 hectares of land 160 kilometres north-east of Broken Hill, known as Nuntherungie Station, to the Mutawintji State Conservation Area in September 2019.
Kim is passionate about the development of equitable partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and corporate organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples.
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Date Position Institution name 2019 Research Academic Level B Flinders University 2019 Research Academic Level B University of Adelaide 2018 - 2019 Senior Project Officer South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) 2016 - 2017 Aboriginal &Torres Strait Islander National Field Leader Reconciliation Australia - RECOGNISE Campaign 2016 - 2016 Research Fellow (casual) - Wardliparingga Aboriginal Health Research South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) 2016 - 2016 Research Fellow (casual) Flinders University 2015 - 2016 Team Leader - Aboriginal Programs Cancer Council SA 2013 - 2015 Research Educator Aboriginal Health Council of SA Inc 2013 - 2014 Community Leader Program 3: Health Systems and Policy Lowitja Institute 2011 - 2014 Postdoctoral study (Doctor of Public Health) Flinders University 2007 - 2013 Research Associate Health Care Management Flinders University 2005 - 2007 Research Associate Aboriginal Health Research Unit Flinders University
Date Institution name Country Title 2015 Flinders University Australia Doctorate of Public Health 2006 Flinders University Australia Master of Primary Health Care 1985 Charles Sturt University Australia Diploma of Teaching
Date Title Institution name Country 2017 ATSI Mental Health First Aid Training Mental Health First Australia Australia 2017 Aboriginal Women’s Civic Leadership Program Onkaparinga City Council Australia 2015 Board Member Responsibilities Training NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) Australia 2014 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Treson Business College Australia 2013 Indigenous Research and Leadership University of Melbourne Australia 2010 Indigenous Research Training and Practice University of Melbourne Australia
Year Citation 2021 Robinson, J. M., Gellie, N., MacCarthy, D., Mills, J. G., O'Donnell, K., & Redvers, N. (2021). Traditional ecological knowledge in restoration ecology: a call to listen deeply, to engage with, and respect Indigenous voices. Restoration Ecology, 29(4), 9 pages.
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2020 Wilson, A. M., Kelly, J., Jones, M., O'Donnell, K., Wilson, S., Tonkin, E., & Magarey, A. (2020). Working together in Aboriginal health: A framework to guide health professional practice. BMC Health Services Research, 20(1), 1-11.
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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2017 Gomersall, J., Gibson, O., Dwyer, J., O'Donnell, K., Stephenson, M., Carter, D., . . . Aromataris, E. (2017). What Indigenous Australian clients value about primary health care: a systematic review of qualitative evidence. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 41(4), 417-423.
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2016 Lavoie, J. G., Kornelsen, D., Wylie, L., Mignone, J., Dwyer, J., Boyer, Y., . . . O'donnell, K. (2016). Responding to health inequities: Indigenous health system innovations. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, 1, 1-10.
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 Gomersall, J. S. T., Aromataris, E., Brown, A., Dwyer, J., Stephenson, M., O'Donnell, K., . . . Gibson, O. (2015). Characteristics and value of Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organizations' primary health care and their financing needs: a protocol for systematic evidence reviews. JBI database of systematic reviews and implementation reports, 13(6), 139-167.
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2011 Dwyer, J. M., Lavoie, J., O'Donnell, K., Marlina, U., & Sullivan, P. (2011). Contracting for Indigenous Health Care: Towards Mutual Accountability. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 70(1), 34-46.
2006 O'Donnell, K. (2006). It's only a mistake if you make it twice.. Contemporary nurse : a journal for the Australian nursing profession, 22(2), 174-177.
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Year Citation 2021 Arnold-Chamney, M., Sinclair, N., Kelly, J., Pearson, O., Whittington, T., Jesudason, S., . . . O'Donnell, K. (2021). AKction - Aboriginal Kidney Care Together – Improving Outcomes Now. In 2021 SA Nursing & Midwifery Research Symposium. University of Adelaide.
Year Citation 2020 Kelly, J., Schwartzkopff, K., O'Donnell, K., Dent, P., & Owen, K. (2020). CULTURAL BIAS INITIATIVES TO IMPROVE KIDNEY TRANSPLANTATION AMONG ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLE-A SCOPING REVIEW. Poster session presented at the meeting of NEPHROLOGY. WILEY. 2020 Bateman, S., Pearson, O., O'Donnell, K., Owen, K., Sinclair, N., Tsetsakos, R., . . . Kelly, J. (2020). COLLABORATIVE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH: A TOOL-KIT FOR CO-CREATION AND MEANINGFUL COMMUNITY CONSULTATION. Poster session presented at the meeting of NEPHROLOGY. WILEY.
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2015 - 2019 Chair Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council Mutawintji Local Aboriginal Land Council NSW Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Chair Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Incorporation Neporendi Aboriginal Forum Incorporation SA Australia
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2017 - ongoing Far West Local Health District Aboriginal Staff Network Public Community Engagement Far West Local Health District Australia 2013 - 2014 Health System Coalition Project Public Community Engagement Lowitja Institute Australia
Date Institution Department Organisation Type Country 2016 - 2017 Margins International Research Group Margins International Research Group Scientific research Australia 2013 - 2015 Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Aboriginal Health Research Ethics Committee SA Health services and related Australia 2013 - 2015 Lowitja Institute Health Lowitja Institute Health Policy & Systems Health services and related Australia
Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country 2019 - ongoing Onkaparinga City Council: Women of Courage Leadership Program Workshop Onkaparinga City Council Australia 2017 - ongoing Aboriginal Women’s Civic Leadership Program Workshop Onkaparinga City Council, Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing RECOGNISE Campaign Workshop Reconciliation Australia Australia 2016 - ongoing Action Research Workshop Workshop Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) Australia 2012 - 2014 Program 3 Research Co Leader: Enabling Policy and Systems Workshop Lowitja Institute Australia
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