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
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:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aligned patient centred- renal care
- Yarning Circles- Pathways to My Home,
- Minimising preventable infections in renal disease
- Health-service strengthening and optimal patient centred- renal care aligned to values of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and community
- Kidney Health and understanding the development of chronic kidney disease
Some research impact which showcase this program include:
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):
- 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).
- 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).
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:
- 2019 NHMRC Research Excellence Award, Clinical Trials and Cohort Grants Scheme
- 2019 Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association's doctor of the year
- 2017 Finalist, Bupa Health Foundation, Emerging Researcher of the Year
- “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
- 2014 Top-End NAIDOC Person of the Year
Leadership (appointments and elected positions):
- 2020: Appointed as member of the APPRISE First Nations COVID-19 Research Leadership Group
- 2019: Appointed, Deputy Chair and member TSANZ National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce
- 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
- 2017-18, Elected by peers to Council for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, and leads the Indigenous Kidney Health Equity portfolio.
- 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
- 2016-2018: Dr Hughes was appointed the clinical research liaison for the Joint NT Renal Services-Menzies research program.
- 2014- current, Appointed, Convenor of ANZDATA Registry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Group
- Catching Some Air- Asserting Indigenous Information Rights in Renal Disease
- Indigenous Patient Voices
- Closing the loop on melioidosis
- My Experiences with Kidney Care Study
- Acute Kidney Injury Retrospective Study
- eGFR study: to improve the accuracy and precision of estimated GFR (eGFR) measurements in Indigenous Australians
- Wellbeing Intervention for Chronic Kidney Disease (WICKD): A trial of the AIMhi Stay Strong App.
- Perio-CKD study
- Dialysis Models of Care study
- Hughes, J.T., Majoni, S.W., Barzi, F., Harris, T.M., Signal, S., [...], Cass, A. (2019). Incident haemodialysis and outcomes in the Top End of Australia. Australian Health Review, -. doi: 10.1071/AH18230.
- Majoni, S.W., Hughes, J.T., Heron, B., Currie, B.J. (2017) Trimethoprim+sulfamethoxazole reduces rates of melioidosis in high risk haemodialysis patients. Kidney International Reports. (accepted 12 Sept 2017). http://www.kireports.org/article/S2468-0249(17)30391-1/pdf
- Hughes, J.T., Barzi, F., Hoy W.E., Jones, G.R.D., Rathnayake, G., Majoni, S.W., et al. (2017) Bilirubin concentration is positively associated with haemoglobin concentration and inversely associated with albumin to creatinine ratio among Indigenous Australians: eGFR Study. Clinical Biochemistry. (epub 20 Aug 2017) doi: 10.1016/j.clinbiochem.2017.08.011
- Majoni, S.W., Lawton, P.D., Barzi, F., Cass, A., Hughes, J.T. (2017) Assessing the association between serum ferritin, transferrin saturation and C-reactive protein in Northern Territory Indigenous Australian patients with high ferritin on maintenance haemodialysis. International Journal of Nephrology. 2017:8. Doi: 10.1155/2017/5490963
- Holwell, A., Cherian S., Barzi, F, Brady, S., Hughes, J.T. (2017) Rapid progression of chronic kidney disease in five years priori to haemodialysis initiation in Central Australia. The Renal Society of Australasia Journal. 13(1):5-8.
- Hughes, J.T., Maple-Brown, L.J., Thomas, M., Lawton, P.D., Sinha, A., Cass, A., et al. (2016) Cross-sectional associations of albuminuria among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults: the eGFR Study. Nephrology. doi: 10.1111/nep.12956.
- Maple-Brown, L.J., Hughes, J.T., Ritte, R., Barzi, F., Hoy, W.E., Lawton, P.D., et al. (2016) Progression of Kidney Disease in Indigenous Australians: The eGFR Follow-Up study. Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 11: 993-1004.
- Hughes, J.T., O’Dea, K., Piera, K., Barzi, F., Cass, A., Hoy, W.E., et al. (2016) Associations of serum adiponectin with markers of cardio-metabolic disease risk in Indigenous Australian adults with good health, diabetes and chronic kidney disease. Obesity Research & Clinical Practice. 10(6):659-72.
- Maple-Brown, L.J., Hughes, J.T., Chatfield, M.D., Ward, L.C., Piers, L.S., Jones, G.R.D., et al. (2015) Adding Measures of Body Composition to the CKD-EPI GFR Estimating Equation in Indigenous Australians: The eGFR Study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases. 65(4):632-4.
- Hughes, J.T., Maple-Brown, L.J., Piers, L.S., Meerkin, J., O'Dea, K., Ward, L.C. (2015) Development of a single frequency bioimpedance prediction equation for fat-free mass in an adult Indigenous Australian population. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 69:28-33.
Click here to view more Jaqui Hughes publications in PubMed.
The Government has launched the National Strategic Action Plan for Kidney Disease and awarded $3.5 million in funding to organisations to take immediate action.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health is the theme of a plenary session at the 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium in Alice Springs in May.
Menzies School of Health Research Associate Prof Hughes received the 2019 NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Award for the top-ranked application in the 2019 funding round at NHMRC’s annual awards in Canberra.
In this edition, we are proud to present a snapshot of the announcements, awards and events that have occurred over the past few months.
Menzies' Dr Jaqui Hughes has been named the Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association's doctor of the year
Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common genetic kidney disorder, and the fourth most common cause of kidney failure in Australian adults. It affects about one in 1,000 Australians.
$6 million in research funding for three Indigenous health grants in the Northern Territory. This includes $2.5 million for an NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence at the Menzies School of Health Research to prevent and manage bronchiectasis, a lung disease which results in recurrent chest infections and is particularly common in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Dr Jaqui Hughes answers The Conversation's Curious Kids question explaining the functions of the kidney.
A new approach to treatment is helping Indigenous Australians fight kidney disease
The Federal, state and territory Health Ministers met in Adelaide at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues.
Video CSA from Alice Springs Consultation Meeting September 2018
One of the members of the panel will be Dr Jaqui Hughes, Australia’s only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nephrologist, based at the Royal Darwin Hospital and at the Menzies School of Health Research, who said the news of the inquiry was “really welcome”.
Dr Jaquelyne Hughes, a Torres Strait Islander woman and the country’s first Indigenous kidney specialist, continued to shine the spotlight on the experiences of Indigenous Australians with chronic kidney disease. In September, Dr Hughes, who is also...
On her island home, far away from talk of tax cuts and budget wins and losses, Jacqueline Amagula got the news she has been waiting and fighting for.
THE Territory’s kidney disease sufferers will be the major beneficiaries of a new Medicare item to be announced by the Turnbull Government today.
Menzies School of Health Research is hosting the first consultation to establish patient and community led national guidelines to be added to the overall management plans for people affected by kidney health issues.
Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) is hosting the first consultation to establish patient and community led national guidelines to be added to the overall management plans for people affected by kidney health issues.
Dr Jaquelyne Hughes - research fellow and nephrologist a finalist in the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Research Award
A renal roundtable convened by Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM in Darwin began charting the roadmap this week.
Advancing the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic and end stage kidney disease.
We are pleased to provide an update of activities since the Indigenous Patient Voices Symposium, hosted on 6 September 2017.
KOORI MAIL | Remote Aboriginal Australians with kidney disease have demanded equitable access to life-saving treatment closer to home to prevent the removal of people from their traditional homelands.
Their concerns and solutions are documented in a new report by the Menzies School of Health Research in Darwin: Indigenous Patient Voices: gathering perspectives, finding solutions for chronic and end stage kidney disease.
AN INDIGENOUS dialysis patient being away from home and families is no good. That’s one of the messages from indigenous kidney patients calling for equitable care in a new report from Menzies School of Health Research.
Patients and their support networks have called for equal health care closer to their homes in a new report released by the Menzies School of Health Research in the Northern Territory.
In a new Menzies School of Health Research report, patients and carers from across northern and central Australia called on state, territory and federal government health ministers to overhaul the system to provide more holistic care.
Indigenous people with kidney disease living in remote and rural Australia as well as their support networks have made a resounding call for equitable health care closer to home in a report released today by Menzies School of Health Research.
Kidney specialist, Dr Jaqui Hughes talks to National TalkBlack
A kidney health forum held in Darwin last week tabled the concerns of remote dialysis patients from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.
Aboriginal dialysis patients say too many people are dying a lonely death away from their families, because they cannot be treated at home. In remote parts of Australia, patients whose kidneys are failing often have to leave their home communities to seek dialysis treatments in larger cities and towns.
Indigenous people with end-stage kidney disease from across northern and central Australia will be sharing their stories at an upcoming kidney conference in the hope of effecting change.
Otitis Media - a clinical trial where Indigenous infants will receive an extra dose of pneumococcal vaccine to try and cut down the rates of incidence.
More people are being infected by a potentially fatal bacterium in the Northern Territory, and health experts suspect building works could have something to do with the rise in cases.
Australia’s first Indigenous kidney specialist and clinical nephrologist, Menzies’ Dr Jaqui Hughes has been named as the 2016 recipient of the Harry Christian Giese – Research into Action Award to champion the translation of her research findings into medical interventions.
Powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
Study reveals powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations
To mark World Kidney Day, Australia’s first Indigenous kidney specialist has expressed a need for research institutes to have a greater level of engagement with the people who participate in their research efforts.
The first ever detailed study of the body build and composition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has been undertaken to help reduce the risk and impact of kidney disease in Indigenous populations.
Australia’s first Indigenous kidney specialist has been announced as the Northern Territory’s Young Tall Poppy as part of the recent 2012 NT Research and Innovation Awards.