Kate is the Conjoint Allied Health Academic Researcher with Bond University and the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD). In this role, she works closely with allied health professionals within the NNSWLHD to build research capacity and contribute to the evidence base for the effective delivery of allied health services. Kate is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) and has worked in the Higher Education sector for over 14 years across various roles at Bond University and Griffith University, and as an adjunct at the University of Queensland (UQ). Kate was previously the Assistant Professor of Healthcare Innovations at Bond University. She returned to Bond University in 2019 from the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH), a not-for-profit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Health Organisation, where she worked as the Student Placement Coordinator and Dietitian Clinic Lead. Kate's research is across the broad theme of education and is underpinned by a person-centred approach. Her PhD research was in the area of group-based education for the management of chronic diseases, focussing on type 2 diabetes mellitus. Kate is passionate about providing rewarding learning experiences to current and future health professionals and supporting allied health professionals to develop their research capacity, navigate the research evidence, critically evaluate healthcare practices, and enhance the delivery of effective value-based healthcare.
Kate Odgers-Jewell is an Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) with experience and expertise in a range of clinical, research and teaching areas. Kate's qualifications include a PhD from Bond University (2016), a Master of Nutrition and Dietetics (2007) with Honours (2008), and a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (2006).
Kate commenced as the Assistant Professor- Conjoint Allied Health Academic Researcher with Bond University and Northern NSW Local Health District in 2023. She has worked in the Higher Education sector for 14 years across various roles at Bond University and Griffith University, and as an adjunct senior lecturer at the University of Queensland. In these roles, Kate has taught undergraduate and postgraduate students from a range of disciplines. Additionally, Kate has worked as a clinical dietitian in the public health sector, and as Dietitian Clinic Lead and Student Placement Coordinator in an Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service.
Kate's research is across the broad theme of education and is underpinned by a person-centred approach. Her research is primarily focused on chronic disease management, group-based education, developing cultural responsiveness through learner-centred educational opportunities, and recruitment and retention factors affecting health professionals. Kate is experienced in a range of research methodologies including systematic reviews, qualitative studies, survey studies, and process evaluations.
Statement for HDR students
I welcome HDR students with various research interests including interprofessional practice, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, cultural responsiveness, research capacity building, health professional education, malnutrition, group-based education, non-diet approaches, eating disorder prevention, and recruitment and retention factors affecting health professionals.