Professor Jennifer Tieman

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Research Biography

Professor Jennifer Tieman is a Matthew Flinders Fellow and Director of the Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying.  She was the inaugural Dean Research of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Professor Tieman leads a series of nationallly recognised palliative care programs which aim to build awareness and capacity in the Australian community and the health and aged care systems. 

  • As Director and Chief Investigator of the CareSearch project she is responsible for a national evidence resource in palliative care supporting health professionals in all settings of care and also those affected by the need for palliative care, namely, patients, their families, carers and friends. To support the quality of the evidence  and its utility in the web environment, the team undertakes research on knowledge retrieval and knowledge dissemination and investigates approaches that encourage the use of evidence in health.
  • She leads a specialist bibliometric research group, Flinders Filters, which look at strategies to harvest, synthesise and disseminate published research evidence.  
  • In 2017, a major new  palliative care evidence resource  for aged care was released. The palliAGED website ( highlights the importance of the aged care sector in providing care for older Australians as they approach the end of their life.  

Professor Tieman plays an active part in other national initiatives and is a partner on the following projects:

  • Advance: This project addresses the needs of general practice doctors and staff in initiating palliative care and advance care planning in general practice
  • ELDAC:  This significant program is looking at embedding palliative care and advance care planning strategies and processes in aged care nationally

  • End of Life Essentials: Hospitals have major needs in being able to address an increasing demand for care at the end of life. This project provides e-learning opportunities and implementation resources for doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to improve the quality and safety of end-of-life care in hospitals.

As Director of the new Research Centre she leads a team of experienced researchers and clinicians who are investigating critical issues in providing palliative care across all settings, identifying attitudes towards death and dying in the community, and exploring the role of digital innovation in supporting end of life for individuals, the system and the community. 

Research Interests

Professor Tieman leads a team of over 20 researchers and project staff. This research work focuses on palliative care, evidence and translation, health informatics, and aged care.

Current research projects

  • CareSearch Project 2017-2020
    Director and Lead Investigator: Tieman JJ
    Continuation of the CareSearch website and functionalities and the Dying2Learn MOOC
  • End of Life Directions (ELDAC) 2017-2020
    Consortium: QUT, Flinders University (CareSearch), UTS, ACSA, LASA, CHA, AHHA, PCA
    ELDAC aims to improve palliative care provision and advance care planning for older Australians in residential aged care and home care.

  • CarerHelp
    Consortium: Centre for Palliative Care (St Vincents), CareSearch (Flinders University), Carers Australia, UTS
    CarerHelp provide information, tools and videos for families and carers caring for someone approaching the end of their life.

  • Talking End of Life (TEL)
    Consortium: University of Sydney, CareSearch (Flinders University), Western Sydney University, Unisson Care
    TEL is designed for disability support workers and shows careworkers how to teach someone with an intellectual disability about end of life. 


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