Professor Jennifer Tieman
Director and Chief Investigator, CareSearch


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.