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I have held an academic position within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health at Charles Sturt University since 2008. My PhD was a phenomenological study that focused on cultural competence development across a cohort of students within a Bachelor of nursing degree: Australian Indigenous Cultural Competence and Nursing and was published in 2017. I am involved in several other research projects looking at effective teaching strategies in cultural competence and nursing team communication. During my time at CSU, I have held a number of leadership roles and am the co-editor of a text titled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Wellness. I have a strong profile both in teaching and research in the area of cultural competence and equity in healthcare/education. I have experience managing projects and leading teams. In my spare time, I enjoy travelling both overseas and throughout Australia. I am married to an academic Brett and have two children Stella and Audrey. Please view my publication and media releases via this link: https://researchoutput.csu.edu.au/en/persons/jbilescsueduau and webpage: https://jessicabilesphd.wixsite.com/jessicabilesphd


Teaching  Interests

  • Cultural competence
  • The first year higher degree experience
  • Undergraduate nurse education
  • Reflective practice
  • Primary health care
  • Health promotion
  • First Nations health
Research ($278,706,00 research funding in collaboration with teams)
  • 2020- COVID 19 and regional racisms: have isolation and social distancing measures become sanctioned discrimination for culturally and linguistically diverse peoples? ($30,000) Lead Professor Julian Grant (AI- Dr Jessica Biles)
  • 2019- Strengthening Student Support and Reducing Online Attrition: A Pilot Project in the University’s Largest Undergraduate Course. ($199,000)- Project Lead
  • 2019- Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Science Seed grant- $9885, Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Nursing and Midwifery workforce mentoring program in a rural NSW Local Health District2018- Charles Sturt University, Learning and Teaching grant- $9865, Multi-disciplinary case study Educating health students for evidence-based practice: Three action research case studies.
  • 2018- Improving Undergraduate Evidence-Based Practice Education: Four Participatory Action-Research Case Studies. CI- Kylie Murphy Researchers: Catherine Thomas, Jessica Biles, Clarissa Hughes, Marguerite Bramble, Tracey Parnell, Michael Curtin, Rodney Pope, Simon O’Connor, Lisa Brown, Linda Wilson, Evan Plowman, Lisa Speedie
  • 2017- Preparing Students for Evidence-Based Practice: What’s happening? Dr Kylie Murphy, Ass/Prof Michael Curtin, Jessica Biles, Ruth Crawford $8456
  • 2017- International Survey of Nurse Managers' Views on Compassion in Nursing. Professor Irena Papadopoulos; Dr Magdeline Aagard, Shelia Ali, Jessica Biles in collaboration with academics from 15 countries
  • 2016- First year undergraduate nurses experiences of wearing uniforms whilst undertaking simulated clinical skills within nursing laboratories: A cohort comparison study: Protocol approval number: HREC 400/2015/15 CSU. CI: Karen Stanley
  • 2016- Exploring the cultural aspects of compassion in nursing: An international on-line survey- International collaboration with Middlesex University
  • 2010- 2017 PhD Candidate, School of Community Health, Charles Sturt University- Australian Indigenous Culture competence and Nursing.
  • 2013 School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health Seed Grant - Research matters: harvesting collective wisdom to find new ways of engaging in research.
  • 2013 Scholarship in Teaching Grant - Cassie's Story, Dyan Ngal: who is hearing and who is listening? A problem based learning resource approach to transformative cultural competence experiences.
  • 2013 Nursing Partnerships with Aboriginal Health Centres: A pilot project for undergraduate Nursing clinical placements.
  • 2009 - 2010 The Living Curriculum: Bridging the gap between the espoused and the enacted curricula.
Research interests
  • First Nations Health and well being
  • Cultural competence
  • Higher education
  • Equity and Social justice
  • 2016- Betty Jeffreys Award, Nurses Memorial Centre $5000
Professional Memberships
  • Australian Representative Committee Member – Board of the European Transcultural Nursing Association – National/International 2013 - current
  • Hume Region Nurse Educators Group: 2005- current
  • Australian Rural Health Education Network: current
  • Australian Volunteers Association: current
  • Australia Nurse Teachers Society (ANTS): previous
  • University of Sydney Life membership
Career Highlights
  • Recipient of the Nurses' Memorial Centre (Defence), Betty Jeffrey Award for 2016
  • Scholarship in Teaching Grant 2013, 2009 $10,000
  • School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health Seed Grant 2013 $500
  • NSW Nursing Association Professional Development scholarship 2008
  • Victorian Registration Board Professional Development scholarship 2007
  • Working together with students to fulfil nursing academic ambitions

Education/Academic qualification

111099, Doctor of Philosophy, Charles Sturt University


Award Date: 15 Dec 2017

111099, Masters of Health Sciences Education , The University of Sydney


Award Date: 30 Sep 2009

Diploma in Speech and Drama , Diploma

Award Date: 28 Nov 1997

111099, Bachelor of Nursing , The University of Sydney

… → 2000


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