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Research Biography

Associate Professor Jacqueline Stephens is an epidemiologist who conducts research focused on access to healthcare and eliminating healthcare inequity, particularly for those living in rural and remote locations. Her research uses data linkage and ‘big data’ in a mixed methods approach by contextualising the epidemiological findings with community narratives to better understand the context of the epidemiological data.

Her research program covers a range of heath issues, including childhood ear health, maternal healthcare, communicable diseases, kidney disease, climate change, and healthcare access during disasters. In her research program, she uses the evidence to support the co-creation of Community-informed and led strategies to eliminate the inequitable impact of these conditions on priority populations. 

In addition, Associate Professor Stephens is interested in data linkage ethics and is currently a member of the SA Health HREC and the International Science Council's Committee on Data (CODATA) ECR Network. She is an ex-officio member of the Australasian Epidemiological Association Executive Council and the Public Health Association (SA Branch) committee. She is a member of the International Network of Epidemiology in Policy council.

As an avid supporter of science communication and encouraging STEM careers for young people, she is the Chair of the South Australian National Science Week committee and a member of the Australian Science Communicators committee. She engages regularly with the community via radio, newspapers, and at events.

Her research has contributed to addressing the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Completed Supervisions

PhD Supervisions:
  • Patient decision making: Surgery (1)

Master (MPH/MSc) Supervisions:

  • Machine Learning (1)
  • Maternal Health (2)
  • Tobacco Control (1)
Current Supervision:
  • Principal PhD supervisor: Epidemiology: Kidney health (1), Health Systems: Maternal health (2), Health Systems: Ear Health (1)
  • Associate PhD supervisor: Epidemiology: STI screening (1), Health Systems: Kidney health (1), Consumer experience: Maternal health (1)

Research Expertise

Dr Jacqueline Stephens is a member of:

Dr Jacqueline Stephens was an invited health data expert at the 4th International Workshop on Participatory Surveillance in Cambodia, November 2022.


Team Members


Education/Academic qualification

Graduate Certificate in Emergency and Disaster Management, Charles Darwin University

Award Date: 7 Dec 2020

PhD, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 9 Mar 2017

Master of Public Health, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 3 Aug 2004

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Flinders University

Award Date: 23 Apr 1999

External positions

Visiting Research Fellow, University of Sydney

8 Sept 20218 Sept 2024

Visiting Fellow, University of New South Wales

9 Mar 20218 Mar 2024


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Research Areas

  • Public health
  • Rural and remote health
  • Digital health

Supervisory Interests

  • Health equity
  • Disaster health
  • Epidemiology
  • Climate Change
  • Child health
  • Women's Health
  • Infectious diseases
  • Chronic ear disease
  • Patient experience
  • Health data linkage
  • Population health
  • Public health


  • RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
  • Otitis Media/ Ear Infections
  • RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health
  • Rural and Remote Health
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Data linkage
  • Infectious Disease
  • HD61 Risk Management
  • Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Emergency Management
  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • Maternal Health


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