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 21, a score judged as excellent in comparison to her peers. Since 2006 has been the recipient of over $3.4 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 1700 citations and has been reprinted several times since its publication in 2011. A second edition was released in February 2015. 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 - Dean, Head 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
  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 193+ research outputs authored by Prof Jane Mills from 2005 onwards.

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Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

Lowitja Institute-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health CRC - Research Activity Funding

Sustainable implementation of Indigenous early childhood family support programs that work: a Family Wellbeing (FWB) Case-Study

Indicative Funding
$503,553 over 3 years
The aim of the project is to define and develop funding models and mechanisms that can support FWB empowerment program integration and implementation within early childhood family support programs. The FWB program attends to the social and emotional wellbeing needs of the family and in this instance will integrate FWB at different levels to enhance broader community capacity to create supportive environments for children to thrive. A whole of community approach is a defining feature of this project which will bring together Indigenous early childhood family support service providers, policy makers and researchers through collaborative partnerships. Improving the health and wellbeing of children is vital to ensuring that good health continues into adulthood which has implications for positive social, cultural, educational and economic outcomes.
Yvonne Cadet-James, Komla Tsey, Irina Kinchin, Roxanne Bainbridge, Claire Campbell, Jane Mills and Janya McCalman in collaboration with Catherine Brown, H Klieve, Mary Whiteside and Louis McPherson (Indigenous Education & Research Centre, College of Arts, Society & Education, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, College of Healthcare Sciences, Griffith University and La Trobe University)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; Family Wellbeing; Early Childhood

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Features of Primary Health Care Services in Remote Indigenous Communities that Contribute to Hospital Avoidance for Ambulatory Sensitive Chronic Conditions (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • Health Care Homes in Cairns: a mixed methods study exploring the experience of adults living with chronic conditions to inform the new model of primary health care (PhD , Advisor Mentor)

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