Associate Professor Julian Grant

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Julian is passionate about equity in health care and how health professionals, primarily nurses and midwives achieve high quality care and advocacy for societies most vulnerable infants, children and families. As an ethnographer Julian works with families and the interdisciplinary workforce to improve wellbeing and care, primarily with families who experience health inequities due to race or ethnicity.

Julian is a registered nurse with post graduate qualifications in paediatric and child and family health nursing. Having worked in clinical settings for over 25 years Julian's experience covers the scope of rural, remote and metropolitan nursing in a range of acute and community environments.

As immediate past president of MCaFHNA, the national professional body for child and family health nurses, Julian led major changes that resulted in significant growth of the organisation. She contributed to a number of national health and child protection reviews in collaboration with the Coalition of National Nursing and Midwifery Organisations, and the Australian College of Nursing. She is currently sought as an expert in well-child health care and child health professional practice as it relates to keeping children safe. Due to her outgoing role of postgraduate nursing programs coordinator, Julian is across a broad spectrum of nursing specialisations from Nurse Practitioner to acute and primary health care. Julian contributes to strengthening workforce development and shaping policy to enable nurses and midwives to take their places at leadership tables across Australia.

Research Interests

Child and family health; health equity, culturally safe practice, Aboriginal child and family health, Refugee child health, Intercultural communication, Interdiciplinary care in the early years, Primary health care, Reflective practice, ethnography.

PhD title: Colliding realities: an ethnographic account of the politics of identity and knowledge in intercultural communication in child and family health.

Funded Research:

  1. 2018 MRFF-Health Translation SA-Rapid Applied research Translation for Health Impact Grant Scheme, $196,860.00 "Safely sleeping Aboriginal babies in SA- Doing it together"
  2. 2015 Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences Small Seeding Grants, $12,000.00, "Safe sleep space alternative for Aboriginal families"
  3. 2015 Flinders Fertility, $12,000.00, "Untangling the threads: Preparing consumers in Australia for commercial surrogacy overseas"
  4. 2015 Wesley Uniting Care Communities for Children, $65,000.00, "The use of communities for children programs to improve the social determinants of health outcomes in Western Adelaide"
  5. 2014 Office of Teaching and Learning, $223,000.00 "Developing a national framework for teaching and learning standards for professionals working in the early years"
  6. 2014 Wesley Uniting Care Communities for Children, $15,000.00"Evaluating Child Centered care in communities for Children"
  7. 2014 MCaFHNA, Gymbaroo Australia and Flinders University, $18,800.00 'Developing national standards for maternal child and family health nurses'
  8. 2013 Department of Education and Child Development in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences
    $28,636.00"Developing a Common Language of Childhood"
  9. 2013 Faculty of Health Sciences Establishment Grant $19,000.00 'No wrong door' providing services to children and families in South Australian homelessness services"

Completed Supervisions

Associate Supervisions:
  • An examination community health nurses capacity to support adolescents in a rapidly urbanising China (1)
  • The use of nursing centres in Indonesia to reduce childhood tuberculosis — Associate (1) (1)

Research Areas

  • Healthy start to life
  • Nursing

Supervisory Interests

  • Paediatric/child health nursing
  • Video reflexive ethnography
  • Child health
  • Diversity
  • Inequalities and disparities
  • Aboriginal child health
  • Ethnography
  • Workforce development
  • Racism
  • Aboriginal health professional workforce


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