Dr Jacqueline Stephens

Research Fellow in Aboriginal Health

College of Medicine and Public Health

place Health Sciences
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Jacqueline Stephens is an epidemiologist who conducts research focused on access to healthcare and eliminating healthcare inequity, particularly for those living in rural and remote locations. In her research she contextualises data linkage and ‘big data’ outcomes with community narratives to give the epidemiological data meaning. Her research intersects and overlaps a range of topics in ear health, HIV, hepatitis, & kidney disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. ❤️💛🖤

Working closely with Aboriginal organisations and Aboriginal Health Workers, she is leading research to optimise current approaches to ear health screening programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. This research is supported by the Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation and the Flinders Foundation.

Her current research includes:

  • The Antecedents of Renal Disease in Aboriginal Children & Young People (ARDAC)
  • The Study of Environment, Aboriginal Resilience and Child Health (SEARCH)
  • Precision public health to eliminate sexually transmitted infections and control HIV in regional Australia (IMPACT-STI)
  • Optimising the early detection of ear disease among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  • Hepatitis infection in South Australia and Northern Territory: A population-based data linkage study.

Dr Stephens is in interested in data linkage ethics and is currently a member of the SA Health HREC and the International Science Council's Committee on Data (CODATA) ECR Network committee. In addition, she is the Deputy Chair of the National Science Week (SA) committee, a member of the Public Health Association (SA Branch) committee, an ECR representative on the FHMRI Healthy Communities Theme executive committee, and a member of the South Australian Aboriginal Ear Health Reference Group (SAAEHRG).


PhD, MPH, BSC(Hon), GradCertEmgDisMgmt

Teaching interests

Dr Stephens is part of the teaching team for the following topics:

  • PHCA9501, Social Determinants of Health
  • MMED9150, Advanced Studies: Epidemiology

She provides supervision for higher degree by research students (Hons, MPH, PhD), as well as MD Advanced Studies projects and FHMRI Summer Scholarship placements.

Supervisory interests
Aboriginal child health
Child health
Chronic ear disease
Disaster health
Health data linkage
Health equity
Infectious diseases
Patient experience
Population health
Public health
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Data linkage: Kidney health (1)
Associate supervisor: Patient decision making: Surgery (1)
The Conversation