Dr Kelly Jones

Academic Level C

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

+61 8 74219737
place Sturt North (HSB 3.29)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Prior to her appointment at Flinders University, Kelly worked as a Senior Researcher on a Commonwealth 'Proof of Concept' project exploring Aboriginal pathways and over-representation in child protection. Previous academic appointments have been as a Senior Research Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health at The University of Melbourne, where she led teams working on strategies and advocacy for National Trachoma elimination and education and developing a culturally responsive Indigenous National social marketing campaign for diabetic eye disease 'Check Today, See Tomorrow' .

As as Research Fellow at the Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health (ARCPOH) and the Indigenous Oral Health Unit (IOHU) at The University of Adelaide, Kelly worked on developing, implementing and evaluating a prognostic triage algorithm for the South Australian Dental Service. This triage system was subsequently adopted for use in all SA public dental clinics, leading to a multi-million dollar reorientation of the emergency and preventive care system and a reduction in clinic waiting lists across South Australia.

Her work at IOHU explored social determinants and mediators in access to and outcomes in oral health with a focus on First Nations communities. Kellys Master of Public Health research was used by SA Health and the Health Minister as the evidence to support the introduction of smoking bans in all SA indoor dining places in South Australia in 1999. Kelly's work in mixed method health services research has won both State and National recognition and she is passionate about the research /social justice policy nexus and using evidence to shape healthy outcomes for marginalised populations.


Doctor of Philosophy, School of Dentistry, The University of Adelaide, 2013.

Thesis: A prognostic model for priority dental care. Thesis awarded with no amendments required.

Master of Public Health, School of Medicine, The University of Adelaide, 2001.

Thesis: The prevalence of no-smoking policies and their predictors in restaurants, cafes, hotels and other public places in South Australia.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Political Science, Flinders University, 1992.

Thesis: The politics of prostitution in Thailand.

Honours, awards and grants

Honours and Awards:

SA Womens Honour Roll 2015 (Office for Women, Government of South Australia)

Deans Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence 2013.

SA Premiers Award for Health Services Research, 2009.

Prime Ministers Award for Health Services Research - Finalist, 2009.

Australian Research Centre for Population Oral Health PhD Bridging Scholarship, 2007.

Winifred E Preedy Postgraduate National Bursary, 2006.

Colgate International Association of Dental Research Travel Award (pre-doctoral), 2004.

The University of Adelaide Post Graduate Scholarship, 2003-2007.

Long Tan National Bursary, Department of Veterans Affairs, 1998-2000.


Flinders University, CNHS Establishment Grant, 2020. 'Development of an End of Life Literacy Management Scale', K Jones, K Swetenham, D Parker, J Tieman. $9937.00.

Department of Health, Commonwealth of Australia, 2016. 'Trachoma Elimination', HR Taylor, M Anjou, K Jones, E Stanford, F Lange . $2,500,000.

ACFF Community Grant 2015-2017. 'Building a caries free community for the Elderly'. H Tan, K Jones, D Brennan, K Roberts-Thomson. $20,000.

Australian Dental Research Foundation 2012. 'Social Construction of Oral Health in Australia' K Jones, J Merrick, C Beasley, $10,000.00.

Australian Dental Research Foundation 2011. 'Oral Health Messages in Australian Mass Media' K Jones, C Beasley, $38,000.00.

Key responsibilities

Kelly was a conference organising comittee member for the 2014 International Indigenous Oral Health Conference and the 2014 International Dental Biostatistics and Methods in Cral Health Research conference.

Kelly is an invited reviewer and author for high impact factor public health , epidemiology and palliative care journals and is a member of several public health professional organisations and special interest groups.

Teaching interests

A selection of past topics taught include: Dental and Health Science, Social Context of Dentistry, Community Dentistry, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Research Methodologies, Evidence Based Dentistry, Doctor, Patient and Society, Clinical Ethics (The University of Adelaide), Indigenous Eye Health (The University of Melboune).

Stream Co-ordinator: Community Dentistry V, Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Course Co-ordinator: Dental and Health Science III, The Social Context of Dentistry

Supervisory interests
Health literacy
Health services research
Public health interventions, economic evaluation
Social epidemiology