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A/Professor Jane Yelland
A/Professor Jane Yelland is Co-Leader of the Refugee and Migrant Research Program within the Intergenerational Health research group at Murdoch Children's. She holds an National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Translating Research into Practice Fellowship, and is a Honorary Principal Fellow at The University of Melbourne, General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre.
Jane has a PhD in perinatal epidemiology and health services research, and has developed her research career in perinatal healthcare and maternal health with a particular focus on engaging diverse and 'hard to reach' populations. She leads a large NHMRC funded partnership project Bridging the Gap that is developing innovative quality improvement strategies to tackle known refugee inequalities in maternal and child health. She co-leads a large collaboartive study of group pregnancy care for refugee and migrant women, a unique interagency and mutidisciplinary approach to improve access to antenatal care, reduce social isolation and improve health literacy. She is also an investigator on for two other NHMRC funded studies: the Childhood Resilience Study and the HARMONY partnership to improve GP responses to family violence specifically amongst culturally and linguistically diverse women. Jane is a member of three international editorial advisory boards.
- Honorary Principal Fellow, General Practice and Primary Health Care Academic Centre, University of Melbourne
- TRIP Fellowship, NHMRC, 2018-2019
- Career Development Fellowship, NHMRC, 2014-2017
- Victorian Health Promotion Foundation, Finalist, 2014 & 2016
- Australian Resource Centre for Hospital Innovation (ARCHI), essay prize, 2004
- Australian Postgraduate Award, 2003
- New Investigators Award, Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand, 2002
Jane's research focuses on strategies to support maternity and early childhood health services in addressing factors that contribute to poorer outcomes for vulnerable women and their children.
Current research interests include: women's social and psychological health during and after pregnancy; refugee women's experiences of maternity and early childhood health care; the responsiveness of the health system to families experiencing social adversity; health literacy; quality improvement interventions in health care; approaches to evaluating health system redesign and change; and strategies for improving maternal and child health outcomes for vulnerable populations including families of refugee background and women exposed to family violence.
Collaboration is the hall-mark of Jane's research program. She co-leads the Healthy Mothers Healthy Families research group's Refugee and Migrant Research Program, in collaboration with the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture (Foundation House). Collaborations with other stakeholders including health care providers and policy makers, and participatory approaches to engaging communities are fundamental to her research.
- Bridging the Gap: addressing refugee inequalities through primary health care service reform
- Group Pregnancy Care for refugee and migrant women
- Harmony: a cluster randomised controlled trial of a whole of general practice intervention to prevent and reduce domestic violence among migrant and refugee communities?
- Having a baby in a new country: the experience of Afghan families and stakeholders
- Maternal and perinatal outcomes for families of refugee background having a baby in Victoria 2000-2012
- Aboriginal Families Study: closing the gap in Aboriginal maternal and child health outcomes in South Australia
- Childhood Resilience Study: building evidence for reducing health inequalities across the lifecourse
Yelland J, Riggs E, Szwarc J, Vanpraag D, Dawson W, Brown S. Improving the ascertainment of refugee background people in health data sets and health services. Aust Health Review 2017. Online doi: 10.1071/AH16164
Riggs, Muyeen S, Brown S, Dawson W, Petschel P, Tardiff W, Norman F, Vanpraag D, Szwarc J, Yelland J. Cultural safety and belonging for refugee background women attending group pregnancy care: an Australian qualitative study. Birth 2016. Online doi: 10.1111/birt.12272
Yelland J, WeetraD, Stuart Butler D, Deverix J, Leane C, Ah Kit J,Glover K,GartlandD, Newbury J, Brown S. Primary health care for Aboriginal women and children in the year after birth: findings from a population-based study in South Australia. ANZJPH 2016; 40(5):418-423
Yelland J, Biro MA, Dawson W, Riggs E, Vanpraag D, Wigg K, Antonopoulos J , Morgans J, Szwarc J, East C, Brown S. Bridging the language gap: a co-designed quality improvement project to engage professional interpreters for women during labour. Aust Health Review 2016 doi: 10.1071/AH16066
Riggs E, Yelland J, Duell-Piening P, Brown S. Improving health literacy in refugee populations MJA 2016; 204(1):9-11
Brown S, Glover K, Weetra D, Ah Kit J, Stuart-Butler D, Leane C, Turner M, Gartland D, Yelland J. Improving access to antenatal care for Aboriginal women in South Australia: evidence from a population-based study. Birth 2016; 43(2):134-143
Yelland J, Riggs E, Szwarc J, Casey S, Duell-Piening P, Chesters D, Wahidi S, Fouladi F, Brown S. Compromised communication: a qualitative study exploring Afghan families and health professionals experience of interpreting support in Australian maternity care. BMJ Quality & Safety 2015 doi:10.1136/bmjqs-2014-003837
Yelland J, Riggs E, Szwarc J, Casey S, Dawson W, Vanpraag D, East C, Wallace E, Teale G, Harrison B, Petschel P, Furler J, Goldfeld S, Mensah F, Biro MA, Willey S, Cheng IH, Small R, Brown S. Bridging the Gap: using an interrupted time series design to evaluate systems reform addressing refugee maternal and child health inequalities. Implementation Science 2015;10:62
Yelland J, Riggs E, Small R, Brown S. Maternity services are not meeting the needs of immigrant women in non-English speaking background: results of two consecutive Australian population based studies. Midwifery 2015; 31(7): 664–670
Riggs E, Yelland J, Szwarc J, Casey S, Chesters D, Duell-Piening P, Wahidi S, Fouladi F, Brown S. Promoting the inclusion of Afghan women and men in research: reflections from research and community partners involved in implementing a 'proof of concept' project. Int J Equity Health 2015; 14:13
Yelland J, Riggs E, Fouladi F, Wahidi S, Casey S, Szwarc J, Duell-Piening P, Chesters D, Brown S. How do Australian maternity and early childhood health services identify and respond to the settlement experience and social context of refugee background families? BMC Pregnancy & Childbirth 2014; 14:348
Yelland J, Brown S. Asking women about mental health and social adversity in pregnancy: results of an Australian population-based survey. Birth 2014; 41(4):79-87
- National Health and Medical Research Council
- The Alfred Felton Bequest