Kynesha Temple Varcoe

Kynesha Temple Varcoe

Adelaide Nursing School

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences


Kynesha Temple-Varcoe is a Ngarrindjeri woman from South Australia, who works collaboratively within the Aboriginal community. She is a member of the AKction2: Aboriginal Kidney Care Together – Improving Outcomes Now Project Team, researching how to best meet the needs of Indigenous patients who are navigating the kidney care system.

Kynesha completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Development and sub-majoring in Indigenous Knowledges. During her time studying Kynesha joined the Wirtlu Yarlu Cadetship program where she worked with two Anthropologists, Dianne Rodger and Margaret Becker. The research program looked at how Hip Hop and how creative forms of expression helped Indigenous people with understanding their identity and healing emotionally.

Kynesha hopes to help work towards creating culturally safe spaces, care and practices.

AKction2: Aboriginal Kidney Care Together - Improving Outcomes Now

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: Research Assistant & Admin Assistant

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).

 

Dreaming big: building a movement in Aboriginal kidney healthcare
https://www.croakey.org/dreaming-big-building-a-movement-in-aboriginal-kidney-healthcare/

Holding that space: game-changing kidney project has ‘research activism at its core’
https://www.croakey.org/holding-that-space-game-changing-kidney-project-has-research-activism-at-its-core/

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/?utm_campaign

 

Positive impacts Hip Hop has for Indigenous Youth

Timeline: 2017- 2020

Location: Anthropology, University of Adelaide

Description: Exploring the design and impact of Hip-Hop workshops that seek to engage Indigenous-Australian youth. The project explores the motivations of Hip-Hop mentors and the benefits of Hip-Hop education from their perspective.

Role: Cadet & Research Assistant

Funding: Mountford Award

Collaborations and Networks: Dr Dianne Rodger, Dr Margaret Becker, Southern Deadly Sounds (Onkaparinga)

 

Research Interests

  • Aboriginal health
  • Collaborative research
  • Cultural safety in clinical practice, education and training
  • Improving renal health care for Indigenous peoples
  • Indigenous health research
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: Research Assistant & Admin Assistant

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)

 

Positive impacts Hip Hop has for Indigenous Youth:

Timeline: 2017-2020

Location: Anthropology, University of Adelaide

Description: Exploring the design and impact of Hip-Hop workshops that seek to engage Indigenous-Australian youth.

Role: Cadet & Research Assistant

Funding: Mountford Award

Collaborations and Networks: Dianne Rodgers and Margaret Becker (Researchers on the project), Southern Deadly Sounds, Onkaparinga

  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Convener Precon University of South Australia Australia
    2018 - ongoing Member Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Grievance Collective University of South Australia Australia
    2017 - 2018 Member Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Committee The University of Adelaide Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2018 - ongoing Editor Guest Editor On Dit, Adelaide University Union Australia
  • Event Participation

    Date Event Name Event Type Institution Country
    2019 - ongoing Commissioner for Young People and Children’s Poverty Conference Conference United Nations Youth Australia
    2017 - ongoing National Union of Students Conference Conference National Union of Students, Deakin University Australia
  • Offices Held

    Date Office Name Institution Country
    2019 - 2019 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer Student Representative Council, University of Adelaide Australia
    2018 - ongoing Elected Delegate Representative National Union of Students Australia

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