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Professor Jennifer Tieman is a Matthew Flinders Professor 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 and internationally recognised palliative care programs which aim to build awareness and capability across the Australian health and aged care systems. She has a particular interest in the role in digital knowledge and in how online information can support patient, carers and families across ageing, caring, dying and grieving. 

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 uptake and use of evidence in health. The CareSearch project also delivers palliAGED a palliative care evidence and practice resource for the aged care sector. Her work with the specialist bibliometric research group, Flinders Filters, explores strategies and solutions to harvest, synthesise and disseminate published research evidence which have been applied within the websites.

As Co-Lead of the End of Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) project she takes direct repsonsibility for a knowledge hub and for digital intiatives for aged care while her role as a Co-Director of ARIIA (Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation) facilitates sector transformation through access to a knowledge and implementation resources.

Professor Tieman plays an active part in other national and state initiatives inlcuding the Advance project which addresses the needs of general practice doctors and staff in initiating palliative care and advance care planning in general practice; CarerHelp which creates resources that support families and idividuals caring fro someone living with a terminal illness and Palliative Care Connect, an SA based palliative care navigation system for the state.

As inaugural Director of the new RePaDD 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. Her current research project include:

  • CareSearch Project 2023-2026
    Tieman JJ, Damarell R
    Continuation of the Flinders led CareSearch and palliAGED websites with specific focus on digital translation and impact evaluation. 

  • ARIIA 2022- 2024
    Gordon S, Tieman, Harvey G, Gordon S The Flinders led Centre for Growth and Translational Research (ARIIA) is contributing significant benefits for the aged care sector in Australia through a Knowledge and Implementation Hub, an Innovator Training Program, Aged Care Partnering activities and management of a grants program for aged care. 

  • End of Life Directions (ELDAC) 2023-2026
    Consortium: QUT, Flinders University (CareSearch), UTS, ACCPA, CHA, AHHA, PCA
    ELDAC aims to improve palliative care provision and advance care planning for older Australians in residential aged care and home care. There is a specific focus on workforce capability, sector engagement and technology initiaitives to support aged care.

  • CarerHelp (Rural) 2023-2026
    Consortium: Centre for Palliative Care (St Vincents), CareSearch (Flinders University), Grief Australia, National Rural Health Alliance 
    Buidling on the current CarerHelp information, tools and videos for families and carers caring for someone approaching the end of their life in rual and remote Australia.

  • Palliative Care Navigation Pilot and Care Search 2023-2025
    Tieman JJ
    Based on the CareSearch infrastructure, the Palliative Care Connect site houses and makes use of existing resources to connect South Australians to services, resources and supports that could help them navigate their palliative care journey as a patient, carer, or family member.

  • Advance Project 2023-2024
    The Advance Project provides practical, evidence-based resources and training that empower aged and primary care professionals to initiate advance care planning and palliative care. It includes speciifc resources to support the care of people living with dementia.

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • Multimorbidity &Primary Care (1)
  • Palliative Care & Pharmacy (1)
  • Digital Health & Usability
Associate Supervisions:
  • Palliative Care (2)
  • Bereavement (1)
  • Telehealth & Ethical Considerations (1)
  • Telehealth, Advance Directives (1)


  • Registered

Research Areas

  • Palliative care and end of life
  • Digital health and technology

Supervisory Interests

  • TeleHealth
  • Evidence based implementation
  • Palliative care
  • Palliative care in aged care
  • Health informatics


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