One of Australia’s foremost primary health care academics with extensive experience leading and managing teams in both government and tertiary sectors. With a research portfolio focused on rural health, health workforce, health system strengthening and nursing education, Professor Mills has a Scopus H-index of 28, Google Scholar H-index of 49 and was listed in the Scopus top 2% of nurse researchers worldwide. Since 2006 has been the recipient of over $3.9 million in research and consultancy income including an NHMRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Primary Health Care. An internationally recognised grounded theorist, in the past decade wrote the popular text, Grounded Theory: a practical guide, which has furthered the development of fundamental grounded theory methods of theoretical coding and storyline analysis. The original text has over 4500 citations and has been reprinted several times since its publication in 2011. A third edition was released in December 2022. A recipient of an Australian Government Office of Learning and Teaching National Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Learning and Teaching in the area of teaching research. Professor Mills also has a reputation as an outstanding higher degree research supervisor across a number of disciplines including public health, dentistry, nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, allied health and social work.

  • Grounded theory
  • Qualitative methodologies
  • Teaching and learning in the tertiary setting
  • Public health issues including tropical disease prevention
  • Primary health care
  • General practice nursing
  • Health workforce: early career registered nurses
  • Research methodology and methods
  • Practice development
  • 2020 to present - Pro Vice Chancellor Health Innovation (Regional) and Dean, La Trobe Rural Health School, La Trobe University (Bendigo, Victoria)
  • 2018 to present - Leading Conflict Resolution in the Workplace, Harvard University (Continuing Professional Development Programs)
  • 2017 to 2020 - Pro Vice Chancellor, College of Health, Massey University (Auckland, New Zealand)
  • 2016 - Professor of Clinical Sciences (Nursing), Head of Nursing, RMIT (Bundoora Campus)
  • 2014 to 2015 - Deputy Dean Graduate Research School, James Cook University (Cairns Campus)
  • 2014 - Women Transforming Leadership Program, University of Oxford (Said Business School)
  • 2012 to 2013 - Associate Dean Research, James Cook University (Faculty of Medicine, Health & Molecular Sciences)
  • 2009 to 2011 - Deputy Head of School Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition, James Cook University (Cairns Campus & Thursday Island Study Centre)
  • 2007 to 2009 - Senior Research Fellow, Monash University (School of Nursing and Midwifery Gippsland Campus)
  • 1999 to 2000 - Research Fellow, University of Tasmania (University Department of Rural Health)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2017 - Imperial College London, MBA, IBM Innovation Project Prize
  • 2014 - Golden Key Honour Society Honorary Member
  • 2013 - Australian College of Nursing’s nominee for the International Council of Nursing’s Florence Nightingale International Foundation Achievement Award
  • 2013 - James Cook University Mid-Career Researcher Leadership Award
  • 2012 - Australian Award for University Teaching: Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2012 - James Cook University Citation for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • 2004 - Royal Australian College of Nursing, Australia: Florence Nightingale Award for Post-doctoral Research
  • 2019 - JCU Advisory Team of the Year Award
  • 2006 - National Health and Medical Research Primary Health Care Fellowship

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 194+ research outputs authored by Prof Jane Mills from 2005 onwards.


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  • We tried that and it didn?t work: Is measured implementation of health programs the secret to health improvement. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Qualitative Case Studies on the Recovery Journeys of High-Profile Persons Post-Public Disclosure of Egregious Acts (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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