Dr Amanda Adams

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

place Tonsley Building (Rehab, FMC 4W330)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Amanda Adams works currently as a Research Associate with the End-of-Life Directions for Aged Care (ELDAC) project. Her role in the ELDAC Project is to develop, design and evaluate innovative technologies to support end of life care provided by staff within residential and home care settings. Amanda has experience designing, developing and evaluating technologies including websites, platforms and apps.

Amanda has also recently completed her PhD and is an Early Career Researcher with the Research Centre for Palliative Care, Death and Dying within the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Her research investigated how evaluations can improve universal health interface designs and how digital health literacy can influence how people interact with palliative care information. She has research interests that include:

  • Interdisciplinary usability evaluation practice,
  • Interface design influencing user experience of health information,
  • Accessibility, and
  • Impacts of the digital divide, social determinants of health and levels of digital competency on interaction behaviours between users experiencing digital exclusion and health information.
  • Doctor of Philosophy - PhD
  • Graduate Diploma of Education - Grad.Dip.Ed
  • Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science - B.Sc(Hons)
Honours, awards and grants
  • Awarded 'Best Presentation Digital Health Week 2023' at the Digital Health and Informatics Network’s Digital Health Week 2023, 7th-9th February 2023, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria.
    Presentation: Adams A. Optimising app interface design for an under-served workforce – How co-designing with home careworkers has shaped a resource to support end-of-life care.
  • Adams, A. 2022. Exploring inclusive digital health technology solutions for Australian communities – How aligned are the priorities of our digital health agencies with the needs of the unintentionally excluded. Research Centre in Palliative Care, Death and Dying Kickstarter Grant ($5000).
Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities as a Post-Doctural Research Associate for the ELDAC Project:

  • Organise and facilitate co-design activities with members of the aged care workforce to understand workforce context and environment of use to collaborate to design digital resources for use within the home care and residential aged care settings.
  • Undertaking user-based research and digital translation of feedback to create meaningful digital interface designs meeting the needs and requirements of the intended end users.
  • Complete usability evaluations of digital interfaces to ensure design meets user understanding, knowledge, and abilities - including user-based and inspection methodologies.
  • Prepare formal documentation and reporting of research - activities include ethics preparation, reporting of outcomes to project partners and commissioning funders and authoring research articles for publication within peer-reviewed journals.
Supervisory interests
Digital health
Health Internet of Things
Interaction design
Mobile technologies
Palliative care
Social determinants of health
Usability studies