• Bond University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine

    4229 Gold Coast


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Professor Janie Dade Smith is an award-winning author, academic and project consultant.  She has worked extensively as is a health educationalist in national curriculum development, program accreditation, educational resource development, policy development, organisational review, Indigenous health, and research; across all health disciplines – medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Janie has written and coordinated three masters degrees whilst at Bond.  She was chair of the MD Implementation Committee, and designed and led the transition from the MBBS to the MD between 2016-19.  She wrote and coordinated the Master of Clinical Education Program, and teaches into the medical programs Indigenous and rural and remote health curriculum.  This program won the prestigious Office of Leaning and Teaching Australian Award for University Teaching, and a citation for an Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning in 2015, as well as the Faculty Award and Vice Chancellors Awards. In 2019, as part of the Solomon Islands team, she was awarded the Australian Award for Unviersity Teaching, Global Citizenship and Internationalisation Award for programs that enhance learning. 

In 2019 she developed Australia's first Master of Health Innovations program. She has also undertaken a number of external consultancies whilst at Bond the most recent being the External Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisiplinary Program for the Department of Health, as part of the team with KBC Australia. 

Prior to joining Bond University in 2012 Janie ran her own national consulting company – RhED Consulting Pty Ltd – for 7 years, where she undertook over 47 consultancies for health departments, universities, professional colleges, government and not for profit organisations, turning over more than $2.7M in research funds.

Janie is the immediate past President and Board Chair of CRANAplus – the peak body for all remote health in Australia, and she previously sat numerous national committees including the Council of the National Rural Health Alliance. Janie is well published and is the author of Australia’s Rural, Remote and Indigenous health, 3e published by Elsevier in 2016, which is used extensively by many Australian universities in preparing students for rural and remote practice.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

Education, Doctor of Education (EdD), James Cook University Queensland

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Primary Health Care, Master of Primary Health Care, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 18 Apr 1996

External positions

Director , Ruralhealth Education Development (RhED) Consulting Pty Ltd

1 Jan 20041 Sep 2011

James Cook University Queensland


National Education Development Officer , Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

22 Apr 199615 May 2000


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