About

Leigh-ann Onnis is a lecturer and researcher at James Cook University with an interest in remote workforces, management and remote health.  Starting her career in Human Resources in Melbourne in the early 1990s, Leigh-ann’s interest in ‘people’ and ‘work’ has developed over many years. Leigh-ann has lived in regional and remote northern Australia for more than fifteen years and prior to her current role at JCU, has worked in HR and research roles with Menzies School of Health Research, WA Country Health Services and Queensland Health’s Remote Mental Health Team. It was a management role in the Kimberley that first ignited Leigh-ann’s interest in combining her passion for people management and her interest in public health.  Leigh-ann completed a PhD in 2016, entitled ‘A Sustainable Remote Health Workforce: Translating HRM Policies into Practice’ which is a culmination of her passion for management, health and remote northern Australia.

Leigh-ann's is currently extending on the research undertaken in her PhD through examining the feasibility of customised remote management training and mentoring programs in supporting skill development for remote health managers. This work is being undertaken with industry training partners.

Leigh-ann's current research activities include working with JCU's Indigenous Education and Research Centre, in a Business Development role supporting the establishment of the National Centre for Family Wellbeing, evaluating research impact for Indigenous SEWB programs and investigating continuous quality improvement (CQI) approaches for evaluating SEWB and management programs.

Teaching
  • BX3054: Contemporary Issues in Human Resource Management (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
Interests
Research
  • Human Resource Management, management and leadership, remote workforce sustainability, remote health, social and emotional wellbeing, and enhancing workforce capacity.
Experience
  • 2017 to present - Senior Research Officer, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2016 to 2017 - Research Assistant, James Cook University (Cairns)
  • 2010 to 2013 - Research Assistant, Queensland Health (Cairns)
  • 2007 to 2008 - Research Support Officer, Menzies School of Health Research (Darwin)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2016 to 2017 - JCU On-time Completion Publication Scholarship
  • 2013 to 2016 - Australian Postgraduate Award, PhD Research Scholarship
  • 2014 - ANZAM Conference: HRM Stream Award (Best Paper)
  • 2014 - ANZAM Doctoral Conference Travel Award
  • 2012 to 2013 - FNQ Hospital Foundation Research Award ($2500)
Memberships
  • 2013 - Professional Membership (CAHRI) Australian Human Resources Institute
  • 2004 - Professional Membership, Australian National Therapists Association
Other
  • 2017 - Fellow of the Cairns Institute
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 16+ research outputs authored by Dr Leigh-Ann Onnis from 2011 onwards.

Current Funding

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NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

Evaluating the CQI approach for program impact and diversification of the Remote Management Program: A feasibility study

Indicative Funding
$7,000 (administered by University Centre for Rural Health North Coast)
Summary
The remote management program uses a CQI approach to developing, implementing and evaluating participant satisfaction, but does not evaluate impact beyond the program-level. An evaluation suggests that there may be benefit in additional customised versions for areas of identified need (e.g. Indigenous remote managers), and that evaluation of the CQI approach and the program?s impact for health services and remote populations is warranted. The small group size of these types of programs makes it difficult to provide conclusive evidence about the impact; hence, this project investigates the feasibility of a research design investigating evidence beyond the usual limitations.
Investigators
Leigh-Ann Onnis, Komla Tsey, Marcia Hakendorf, Mark Diamond and Tahalani Hunter (College of Arts, Society & Education, CRANAplus, Australasian College of Health Service Management and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Keywords
Management; Wellbeing; Mental health; Health service management; Remote health; Resilience

NHMRC - Centres of Research Excellence

CQI in Social and Emotional Wellbeing Flagship Project

Indicative Funding
$121,142 over 2 years (administered by University Centre for Rural Health North Coast)
Summary
To date CRE-IQI research has focused on the application of quality improvement in the context of clinical and other services and programs delivered mainly through primary health care centres. Extending the quality improvement knowledge base beyond the scope of health services is an objective of the CRE-IQI. The current project will develop and implement partnership models that can support quality improvement implementation across the broader social, emotional cultural and other determinants of health and wellbeing.
Investigators
Komla Tsey, Leigh-Ann Onnis, Leslie Baird, Irina Kinchin, Mary Whiteside, H Klieve, Felecia Watkin and Tahalani Hunter (College of Arts, Society & Education, Central Queensland University, La Trobe University, Griffith University and Indigenous Education & Research Centre)
Keywords
Indigenous Health; Family Wellbeing; Social and Emotional Wellbeing
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