Professor Jennifer Tieman

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20042021

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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.  
  • A new  palliative care evidence resource  for aged care was released in 2017. 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. New work will look at supporting the aged care workforce when caring for people living with dementia.

  • ELDAC:  This significant program is looking at embedding palliative care and advance care planning strategies and processes in aged care nationally

  • CarerHelp: This research project and its associated resources support families and idividuals caring fro someone living with a terminal illness. 

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.

Current research projects

  • CareSearch Project 2020-2023
    Director and Lead Investigator: Tieman JJ
    Continuation of the CareSearch website and developemtn of a new website portal incorporating a digital translation and evaluation framework. 

  • End of Life Directions (ELDAC) 2020-2023
    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. In this period there will be a specific focus on workforce capability and technology initiaitives to support the sector.

  • CarerHelp(Diversity) 2020-2023
    Consortium: Centre for Palliative Care (St Vincents), CareSearch (Flinders University), Carers Australia, UTS
    Buidling on the current CarerHelp information, tools and videos for families and carers caring for someone approaching the end of their life, additional work will focus on supporting care across the diversity of the Australian community.

  • 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. 

  • Bereavement Studies: 2020-2021
    Investigators: Professor Jennifer Tieman and Dr Priyanka Vandersmann
    Two studies for SA Health will be completed. The first addresses grief and loss needs of families of an older person dying in residential aged care. The second will identify tools, resources and services to support bereavement care across the SA community. 

  • Bereavement Outcomes during Covid19
    Investigators: Professor Elizabeth Lobb, Dr Fiona Maccallum, Professor Meera Agar, Professor Jane Phillips,  Associate Professor Lauren Breen, Dr Tim Luckett, Associate Professor Michelle DiGiacomo, Professor Jenny Philip, Professor Jennifer Tieman, Dr Annmarie Hosie
    This MRFF Project aims to identify the mental health effects and support needs of people bereaved during and following COVID-19 using a mixed methods design. 

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