Dr Jane Desborough

Diploma Applied Science (Nursing); Graduate Diploma Midwifery; Masters in Public Health; PhD Population Health
Senior Research Fellow and Leader, Health Experience Team, Department of Health Services Research and Policy, Research School of Population Health
ANU College of Health and Medicine
T: 02 6125 6544

Areas of expertise

  • Health And Community Services 111708
  • Primary Health Care 111717
  • Nursing 1110
  • Midwifery 111006
  • Public Health And Health Services 1117

Research interests

  • Patient enablement
  • Patient, family, carer and clinicians' experiences and perspectives
  • Primary health care
  • The primary and tertiary health care interface
  • Interprofessional teams and collaboration
  • Quality measurement in health care
  • Knowledge translation


Jane Desborough (DAppScNursing; GDipMid; MPH, PhD) is a Senior Researchl Fellow at the Department of Health Services Research and Policy, Research School of Population Health, Australian National University. She has adjunct positions at the University of Canberra and University of Wollongong. Jane is a mixed methods researcher, who works closely with patients, clinicians and policy makers to conduct research that is not only responsive to their needs and preferences, but aims to target quality and outcomes improvement.

Jane's current research involves working with patients, their families, carers, and clinicians to co-create technology-based tools with the aims of enabling people to manage their health, and to support the transition across the hospital - primary care interface. Parallel to this she is exploring how to optimise public and patient involvment in research in Australia.

Jane is a registered nurse and midwife, and has worked clinically in a variety of settings for 25 years, including remote area nursing. Before moving to academia, Jane worked as a Senior Policy Officer at the ACT Health Directorate in the Office of the ACT Chief Nurse.

Researcher's projects

Leader, Health Experience Team - Our Health in Our Hands (OHIOH): Future Personalised Medical Technologies for Sustainable and Effective Healthcare

Development and refinement of an electronic resource to support orthopaedic patients' health care journeys in the ACT.

The ACT Transition from Hospital to Home Survey: a prospective survey of orthopaedic patients.

Implementation of The Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Model in chronic kidney disease clinics in the ACT.

Better care and better outcomes for youth experiencing self harm.

Evaluation of a General Practice Capability Building and Quality Improvement Initiative (complete).

A retrospective case control study examining the relationship between patient experiences from hospitalisation to care in general practice, and unplanned 30-day readmission after hospitalisation for common medical and surgical conditions (complete).

Environmental Scan of Patient Experience Surveys (complete)

The ACT Patient Enablement and Satisfaction Study: a mixed methods study examining the relationship between general practice characteristics and nurse consultation characteristics on patient enablement and satisfaction (complete).


Current student projects

Sharon James, PhD candidate. Topic: Lifestyle risk communication by nurses in primary care.

Andini Yulina Pramono, PhD candidate. Topic: Cost and Benefit Analysis on Implementation of Breastfeeding Policy in Hospitals

Rachael McMahon, PhD candidate. Topic: Improving the lived experience of persons with mental illness in emergency situations.

Janet Drew, MPhil candidate. Topic: Navigating the health system: living with Multiple Sclerosis.

Past student projects

2019: Madhur Chhabra, Advanced MPH, Topic: The ACT Transition from Hospital to Home Orthopaedic Survey: a prospective survey of patients having total knee arthroplasty.

2018 Mingming Zhou, Master's thesis, Barriers to pharmacist prescribing: a scoping review comparing the UK, New Zealand, Canadian and Australian experiences


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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