Dr Jaquelyne Hughes

Senior Research Fellow

Qualifications:

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

Location:

Darwin - Royal Darwin Hospital campus

Biography:

Dr Jaqui Hughes BMed FRACP PhD is a Torres Strait Islander woman, and Darwin-based clinical researcher at Menzies School of Health Research. Dr 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 NT, QLD and WA 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. 2017 Finalist, Bupa Health Foundation, Emerging Researcher of the Year. 
  2. “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
  3. 2014 Top-End NAIDOC Person of the Year.

Leadership (appointments and elected positions)

  1. 2019: Appointed, member TSANZ National Indigenous Kidney Transplantation Taskforce
  2. 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
  3. 2017-18, Elected by peers to Council for the Australian and New Zealand Society of Nephrology, and leads the Indigenous Kidney Health Equity portfolio.
  4. 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
  5. 2016-2018: Dr Hughes was appointed the clinical research liaison for the Joint NT Renal Services-Menzies research program.
  6. 2014- current, Appointed, Convenor of ANZDATA Registry Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Working Group
  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Maple-Brown, L.J., Hughes, J.T., Lawton, P.D., Jones, G.R.D., Ellis, A.G., Drabsch, K., et al. (2012) Accurate Assessment of Kidney Function in Indigenous Australians: The Estimated GFR Study. American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the official journal of the National Kidney Foundation. 60(4):680-2.
Click here to view more Jaqui Hughes publications in PubMed.
  1. Curious Kids: why is urine yellow?

    Curious Kids: why is urine yellow?

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    Dr Jaqui Hughes answers The Conversation's Curious Kids question explaining the functions of the kidney.

  2. Croakey | Summer May Finlay with Dr Jaqui Hughes

    Croakey | Summer May Finlay with Dr Jaqui Hughes

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  3. SMH | Hope and healing

    SMH | Hope and healing

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    A new approach to treatment is helping Indigenous Australians fight kidney disease

  4. COAG Health Council | Communiqué 8 March 2019

    COAG Health Council | Communiqué 8 March 2019

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    The Federal, state and territory Health Ministers met in Adelaide at the COAG Health Council to discuss a range of national health issues.

  5. Video CSA  from Alice Springs Consultation Meeting September 2018

    Video CSA from Alice Springs Consultation Meeting September 2018

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    Video CSA from Alice Springs Consultation Meeting September 2018

  6. National review to investigate low Indigenous kidney transplant rates

    National review to investigate low Indigenous kidney transplant rates

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    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”.

  7. Kidney research on the national agenda

    Kidney research on the national agenda

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    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...

  8. Budget 2018: Aboriginal patients convinced the Government to help them get home

    Budget 2018: Aboriginal patients convinced the Government to help them get home

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    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.

  9. Win for dialysis patients in Northern Territory

    Win for dialysis patients in Northern Territory

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    THE Territory’s kidney disease sufferers will be the major beneficiaries of a new Medicare item to be announced by the Turnbull Government today.

  10. NT News | Meetings for Health School

    NT News | Meetings for Health School

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    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.

  11. Creating better guidelines for kidney health management

    Creating better guidelines for kidney health management

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    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.

  12. Doctor targets kidney disease

    Doctor targets kidney disease

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    Dr Jaquelyne Hughes - research fellow and nephrologist a finalist in the Bupa Health Foundation Emerging Health Research Award

  13. Roundtable Towards Roadmap For Renal Health - Media Release

    Roundtable Towards Roadmap For Renal Health - Media Release

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    A renal roundtable convened by Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt AM in Darwin began charting the roadmap this week.

  14. Dr Jaqui Hughes | Finalist for the Bupa Health Award.

    Dr Jaqui Hughes | Finalist for the Bupa Health Award.

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    Advancing the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with chronic and end stage kidney disease.

  15. Indigenous Patient Voices December 2017 newsletter

    Indigenous Patient Voices December 2017 newsletter

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    We are pleased to provide an update of activities since the Indigenous Patient Voices Symposium, hosted on 6 September 2017.

  16. Fair access demanded for patients

    Fair access demanded for patients

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    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.

  17. Listen to Indigenous patient experts on how to transform renal care

    Listen to Indigenous patient experts on how to transform renal care

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    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.

  18. Indigenous patients left feeling ’isolated’

    Indigenous patients left feeling ’isolated’

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    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.

  19. Remote kidney patients face homelessness

    Remote kidney patients face homelessness

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    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.

  20. Indigenous Australians travelling 1000 kilometres for kidney dialysis: report

    Indigenous Australians travelling 1000 kilometres for kidney dialysis: report

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    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.

  21. Indigenous kidney patients call for equitable care in new report

    Indigenous kidney patients call for equitable care in new report

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    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.

  22. Dr Jaqui Hughes interview, National TalkBlack

    Dr Jaqui Hughes interview, National TalkBlack

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    Kidney specialist, Dr Jaqui Hughes talks to National TalkBlack

  23. Kimberley patients forced to travel thousands of kilometres for essential dialysis training

    Kimberley patients forced to travel thousands of kilometres for essential dialysis training

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    A kidney health forum held in Darwin last week tabled the concerns of remote dialysis patients from Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

  24. ABC Online | Indigenous dialysis patients pushing for grassroots community health services

    ABC Online | Indigenous dialysis patients pushing for grassroots community health services

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    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.

  25. Indigenous voices to be heard

    Indigenous voices to be heard

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    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.

  26. Australian Doctor - otitis media clinical trial

    Australian Doctor - otitis media clinical trial

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    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.

  27. Melioidosis: More cases of potentially fatal bacteria from NT dirt emerge

    Melioidosis: More cases of potentially fatal bacteria from NT dirt emerge

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    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.

  28. Australia’s first Indigenous kidney specialist wins Harry Christian Giese Award

    Australia’s first Indigenous kidney specialist wins Harry Christian Giese Award

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    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.

  29. Nursing review interview

    Nursing review interview

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  30. Indigenous Australians experience diabetes 20 years earlier

    Indigenous Australians experience diabetes 20 years earlier

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  31. Powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

    Powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

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    Study reveals powerful predictor for the progression of kidney disease in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations

  32. Leading kidney researcher asks for greater engagement this World Kidney Day

    Leading kidney researcher asks for greater engagement this World Kidney Day

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    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.

  33. Body and build of Indigenous Australians in the spotlight

    Body and build of Indigenous Australians in the spotlight

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    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.

  34. Indigenous kidney specialist named NT's Young Tall Poppy

    Indigenous kidney specialist named NT's Young Tall Poppy

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    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.