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Prof Janie Smith

Level 1, Building 5, Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine, Bond University

Professional biography

Professor Janie Dade Smith is an award-winning author, academic, and project consultant.  She has worked extensively as is a health educationalist in national curriculum development, program accreditation, educational resource development, policy development, organisational review, Indigenous health, and research; across all health disciplines – medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Janie has written and coordinated three master's degrees whilst at Bond.  She was chair of the MD Implementation Committee, and designed and led the transition from the MBBS to the MD between 2016-19.  She wrote and coordinated the Master of Clinical Education Program, and teaches into the medical programs Indigenous and rural and remote health curriculum.  This program won the prestigious Office of Leaning and Teaching Australian Award for University Teaching, and a citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2015, as well as the Faculty Award and Vice Chancellors Awards. In 2019, as part of the Solomon Islands team, she was awarded the Australian Award for University Teaching, Global Citizenship, and Internationalisation Award for programs that enhance learning. 

In 2019 she developed Australia's first Master of Health Innovations program. She has also undertaken a number of external consultancies whilst at Bond the most recent being the External Evaluation of the Rural Health Multi-disciplinary Program for the Department of Health, as part of the team with KBC Australia. 

Prior to joining Bond University in 2012, Janie ran her own national consulting company – RhED Consulting Pty Ltd – for 7 years, where she undertook over 47 consultancies for health departments, universities, professional colleges, government, and not for profit organisations, turning over more than $2.7M in research funds.

Janie is the immediate past President and Board Chair of CRANAplus – the peak body for all remote health in Australia, and she previously sat numerous national committees including the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance. Janie is well published and is the author of Australia’s Rural, Remote and Indigenous health, 3e published by Elsevier in 2016, which is used extensively by many Australian universities in preparing students for rural and remote practice.

Professional admissions

  • Member Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Fellow CRANAplus

Professional appointments

  • President - CRANAplus
  • Chair friends and Council member - National Rural Health Alliance

Teaching awards

  • 2019 Merit Award for best short presentation – Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference, National University of Singapore
  • 2018 Australian Award for University Teaching, Global Citizenship and Internationalisation Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. Awarded to the Kirakira, Solomon Islands interdisciplinary team, Office of Learning and Teaching, Canberra.
  • 2018 Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence - Solomon Islands Team, Bond University
  • 2017 Faculty Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching - Solomon Islands Team, Bond University
  • 2015 Australian Award for University Teaching – Citation for outstanding contributions to student learning
  • 2015 Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence. Indigenous medical education team. Bond University.
  • 2014 Vice Chancellors Award for Teaching Excellence
  • MARQUIS Who’s Who in the World – 26th Edition 2010
  • 1999, SERIF Award – Bronze Medal for excellence in employee communications
  • 1999, Public Relations Institute of Australia (PERIA) Golden Target Awards for employee communications
  • 1992, New Woman of the Year Award, New Woman Magazine
  • 1989, NT State Award for Excellence for Innovative Teaching in the Area of Sexual and Reproductive Health, RACOG

Subjects

  • Janie teaches across all levels of the medical program and into the allied health programs in the area of rural, remote and Indigenous health.

Qualifications

  • Master of Primary Health Care, Flinders University
  • Doctorate of Education, James Cook University