Associate Professor Jaquelyne Hughes

Principal Research Fellow


PhD, Charles Darwin University, 2013; Fellow, Royal Australasian College of Physicians (Nephrology), 2007; Bachelor of Medicine, University of Newcastle, 2000.

Approved level of HDR supervision at Charles Darwin University:

Supervisor for PhD and Masters


Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus


Associate Professor Jaqui Hughes BMed FRACP PhD is a Torres Strait Islander woman, and Darwin-based clinical researcher at Menzies School of Health Research. Associate Professor Hughes' research program focusses on health-service strengthening and optimal patient centred-renal care which is aligned to the values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and community.

Some research activities which showcase this focus include:

  1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aligned patient centred- renal care
    1. Yarning Circles- Pathways to My Home,
    2. Minimising preventable infections in renal disease
  2. Health-service strengthening and optimal patient centred- renal care aligned to values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and community
    1. Catching Some Air
    2. Indigenous Patient Voices
    3. Me and Kidney Care Study
    4. Acute Kidney Injury Study
  3. Kidney Health and understanding the development of chronic kidney disease
    1. eGFR Study: The eGFR Study team validated the accuracy of estimated equation of kidney function and identifying biomedical factors associated with rapid progression of chronic kidney disease.

Some research impact which showcase this program include:

“Indigenous Patient Voices - Gathering Perspectives and Finding Solutions in Chronic and End Stage Kidney Disease” symposium. 

Research contribution: Dr Hughes co-designed the “Indigenous Patient Voices - Gathering Perspectives and Finding Solutions in Chronic and End Stage Kidney Disease” Symposium in 2017, and was the lead author in the publication describing the symposium activity and outcomes. 

Research impact (to date):

  1. The Australia and New Zealand Society of Nephrology Annual Scientific Meeting (ANZSN ASM) Scientific Committee continued to host a Patient Symposium in the ANZSN ASM. Dr Hughes was an invited speaker in the 2018 ANZSN ASM Patient Symposium (Sydney).
  2. Dr Hughes advocated for the Symposium Report recommendations in February 2018 in the inaugural Renal Health RoadMap discussion led by Minister for Indigenous Health, Hon Ken Wyatt AM MP. In March 2019, the Renal Heath RoadMap was endorsed by COAG State and Territory Health Ministers. In September 2019, we await advice for implementation by the Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council (AHMAC) (expected September 2019).

The eGFR study

Research contribution: Dr Hughes has worked with the eGFR study team since its inception in 2007. During 2018, Dr Hughes led eGFR study community and clinician feedback events in Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia to determine a need and define an approach to undertaking a 10-year follow-up. As the eGFR study leader (since 2019), Dr Hughes submitted a major grant to undertake this follow-up study. 

Her PhD study focussed on detailed assessments of body composition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples among adults with or at risk of chronic kidney disease (CKD). 

Her awards include the:

  1. 2019 NHMRC Research Excellence Award, Clinical Trials and Cohort Grants Scheme
  2. 2019 Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association's doctor of the year
  3. 2017 Finalist, Bupa Health Foundation, Emerging Researcher of the Year
  4. “Closing the loop on Life Threatening Melioidosis in renal disease”, was awarded the 2016 Harry Christian Giese Research into Action Award for successful prophylactic antibiotic intervention for melioidosis, and a patient relevant communication strategy with brief video explainer
  5. 2014 Top-End NAIDOC Person of the Year

Leadership (appointments and elected positions):

  1. 2020: Appointed to Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association Board of Directors
  2. 2020: Appointed as member of the APPRISE First Nations COVID-19 Research Leadership Group 
  3. 2019: Appointed, Deputy Chair and member TSANZ National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce
  4. 2018-2019, Member of the Expert Advisory Panel responsible for delivering the TSANZ Performance Report –Improving Access to and Outcomes of Kidney Transplantation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People in Australia
  5. 2017-18, Elected by peers to Council for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, and leads the Indigenous Kidney Health Equity portfolio.
  6. 2016, Appointed to Australian co-lead of the KHA-CARI Inaugural guideline on the management of CKD in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Maori
  7. 2016-2018: Dr Hughes was appointed the clinical research liaison for the Joint NT Renal Services-Menzies research program.
  8. 2014- current, Appointed, Convenor of ANZDATA Registry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Group