Professor Isabelle Skinner

Ph.D. (Public Health), Senior Exec MBA, MPH&TM, Grad Dip Prof Comm


Isabelle Skinner is passionate about improving access to specialist health care services for people in remote and rural communities around the world. She is an experienced leader and innovator in health and higher education with expertise in leading innovation across health systems and high impact research to address complex health and social concerns such as: 

  • Quantifying the environmental cost of health related travel, 
  • Research to inform the development of the national eHealth record, 
  • Identifying and addressing barriers to the uptake of health care innovations. 

Isabelle is the current and founding editor of the health promotion facebook page emojifit Diabetes.

She has served on multiple Boards in the education and not-for-profit sectors including the Pilbara TAFE, CRANAplus, Girl Guides Australia and is a business owner and Managing Director of a health tech and research company.

Research Interests

  • eHealth
  • telehealth
  • public health

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Research Projects

Current Projects

“The Glasshouse” Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs in the Northern Territory. NT Department of Trade, Business and Innovation.

Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Skinner, I., &  Carville (2017). Chapter 24. Principles for nursing practice: non-melanocytic skin cancers and melanoma. In E. Chang & A. Johnson (eds.), Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice (3rd edition). Elsevier.

Ellis, I., Davey, C., & Holliday, V. (2013). Chapter 20. Cultural awareness - nurses working with Indigenous peoples. In J. Daly, D. Jackson & S. Speedy (eds.), Context of Nursing (4th edition). Elsevier.

Ellis, I., & Carville, K. (2013). Chapter 23. Non-melanocytic skin cancers and melanoma. In E. Chang & A. Johnson (eds.), Chronic Illness and Disability: Principles for Nursing Practice (2nd edition). Elsevier.

Condon, S., Ellis, I., Cummings, E., Oprin, P., & Skinner, T. (2012). The experience of developing electronic Advance Care Plans for Residents of Aged Care Facilities in Australia. In M. Joranova & F. Lievens (eds.), Medetel: Global Telemedicine and eHealth Updates/Knowledge Resources (Vol 5, pp. 586-592). International Society for Telemedicine & eHealth (ISfTeH).

Journal Articles

Deacon-Crouch, M., Skinner, I., Tucci, J., & Skinner, T. (2017, in press). The association between short sleep duration and BMI in Australian Indigenous children. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Chidarikire, S., Skinner, I., Cross, M., & Cleary, M. (2017, in press). A realist review of treatments and interventions for people living with schizophrenia in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Nursing Review.

Deacon-Crouch, M., Skinner, I., Connelly, M., & Tucci, J. (2016). Chronic disease, medications and lifestyle: perceptions from a regional Victorian Aboriginal community. Pharmacy Practice, 14(3), 798.

Lim, S., O'Reilly, S., Behrens, H., Skinner, T., Ellis, I., & Dunbar, J.A. (2015). Effective strategies for weight loss in post-partum women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews, 16(11), 972–987. DOI: 10.1111/obr.12312.

Perrin, B., Allen, P., Skinner, I., Gardner, M., Chappell, M., Phillips, B., Massey, C., & Skinner, T. (2015). The foot-health of adult diabetics in regional Australia: baseline findings from an epidemiological study. Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, 8(Suppl 2), 32. DOI:10.1186/1757-1146-8-S2-O32.

Molloy, L., Walker, K., Lakeman, R., & Skinner, I. (2015). Ethnonursing and the ethnographic approach in nursing. Nurse Researcher, 23(2), 17-21. DOI:10.7748/nr.23.2.17.s5.

Allen, P., Shaw, E., Jong, A., Behrens, H., & Skinner, I. (2015). Severity and duration of pain after colonoscopy and gastroscopy: a cohort study. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 24(13-14), 1895-903. DOI: 10.1111/jocn.12817.

Chidarikire, S., Harris, D., & Skinner, I. (2014). A cultural paradox: Understanding the experience of living with schizophrenia in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 23, 6.

Ellis, I., Smith, C., & Jaffray, L. (2014). Incorporating Advance Care Plans for community dwelling older adults into the Australian National eHealth record: a realist review. Journal of Telemedicine and eHealth, 20(11), 1042-1048.

Skinner, I. (2014). Nurses' role in designing and using eHealth systems. Journal of Nursing and Care, 3, 4. DOI:10.4172/2167-1168.1000175.

Ellis, I., Skinner, T., Bhana, A., Voon, N., & Longley, K. (2014) Health priorities in an Australian mining town: an intercept survey. Rural and Remote Health, 14, 2788.

Ellis, I., Smith, C., & Jaffray, L. (2014). Incorporating Advance Care Plans for community dwelling older adults into the Australian National eHealth record: a realist review. Journal of Telemedicine and eHealth.

Cheek, C., Ellis, I., Jaffray, L., & Skinner, T. ( 2014). Health Care Miles in the Carbon Economy.  Medical Journal of Australia, 200(5), 260-262.

Nichols, L., Smith, L., Allen, P., & Ellis, I. (2013). Nursing interventions related to cerebral perfusion pressure following an Aneurysmal Subarachnoid Haemorrhage. Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 23(2), 8-17

Smith, C., Ellis, I., & Jaffray, L. (2013) Nursing Competencies for Electronic Advance Care Planning. Journal of Nursing and Health Care, 1(1), 60-164.

Ellis, I., Cheek, C., Jaffray, L., & Skinner, T. (2013). Making a case for telehealth: measuring the carbon cost of health-related travel. Rural and Remote Health, 13, 2723.

Smith, C., Jaffray, L., & Ellis, I. (2013). Dignity of Life and Person-Centred Processes for Advance Care Planning in the Community. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 3(2), 267-268

Jong, A., Shaw, E., Behrens, H., & Ellis, I. (2013). Conducting research off the side of your desk: a case study. Day Surgery Australia, 12(1), 4-7.

Ellis, I., Deacon-Crouch, M., & Skinner, T. (2013). Reporting of Non-Prescribed Medication Usage in Remote Australia: Health Seeking Habits in Port Headland. Australian Journal of Rural Health, 21, 350-351.

Kidd, S., Chopra, P., Stone, J., Jackson, T., Gwee, K., Maynard, S., Ellis, I., & Judd, F. (2013). Monitoring of long-term cardiac complications in patients receiving clozapine. Australasian Psychiatry, 21(1), 77-78.

Porter, C., Skinner, T., & Ellis, I. (2012). The current state of Indigenous and Aboriginal women with diabetes in pregnancy; a systematic review. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 98(2), 209-225.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Professional Positions & Memberships

  • Member NHMRC Centre of Innovation in Regional Health
  • Foundation Chair Rural and Regional Health (LaTrobe Rural Health School)


  • CRANAplus Aurora Award

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Melissa Deacon-Crouch
  • Shephard Chidarikire
  • Kathy Tori
  • Karen Noonan
Prof Isabelle Skinner


T: +61 8 8946 6793

Darwin, NT