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Discipline of General Practice
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
AUSTRALIA
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Ph: (08) 8303 3460
Fax: (08) 8303 3511

Scholarships for Research in Primary Health Care and Related Disciplines

The Discipline of General Practice is offering several scholarships for 2008. The scholarships are available to students with an interest and background in a wide range of different disciplinary backgrounds, including general practice, primary care, nursing, psychology, health sciences and the social sciences.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the lead researcher in the first instance and then to submit a brief CV. Students who are currently studying or have completed studies in the last five years should also submit certified academic transcripts. All applications should be accompanied by a covering letter nominating the project(s) and type of scholarship of interest.

Applications close 25th November.

Vacation scholarships

Vacation scholarships are typically carried out mid January to mid February and attract a stipend of approximately $1500. Up to four of these scholarships are being offered.


Honours scholarships

Honours scholarships are intended to support the student through the research component of the fourth year of their undergraduate program. The scholarship attracts a stipend of approximately $2500. Up to two of these scholarships are being offered.


Masters /PhD scholarships

The Discipline is also offering up to two scholarships for study at the PhD level. These are co-funded with the Faculty of Health Sciences and attract an amount commensurate with the APA Masters awards, in the vicinity of $18,484.

Cardiovascular Risk Project - The Management of Ischaemic Heart Disease in the Community

Suitable for students with backgrounds in medicine, health sciences, psychology, nursing or public health.

We have a multidisciplinary group exploring the management of Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) in the primary care setting including: the assessment of cardiovascular risk, health care inequalities, improving the primary and secondary prevention of IHD in general practice with a focus on the use patient incentives to achieve better outcomes. We would welcome inquiries from individuals interested in pursuing postgraduate research in these areas. We have recently obtained funding for further studies in general practice and the community and the Department has a strong track record of published research in this area.

Contact Professor Nigel Stocks
Discipline of General Practice University of Adelaide
Ph 08 8303 3460
Email: nigel.stocks@adelaide.edu.au

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Primary Care Respiratory Unit Projects - These projects are related to the Unit's overall goal of improving the management of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis in general practice.

Suitable for students with backgrounds in medicine, health sciences, psychology, nursing or public health.

The Primary Care Respiratory Unit (PCRU) is seeking applications from individuals wishing to undertake research leading to the award of PhD or Masters. The PCRU is one of only two academic units around the world specialising in primary care respiratory research and training. We currently have a number of projects available that would be suitable for a PhD or Masters degree.

Areas of research include basic science, clinical research, population health, economics and informatics. While individual projects vary in focus, the overarching goal of the PCRU research program is to improve the management of asthma, COPD and bronchitis in general practice.

Potential supervisors have experience in the fields of clinical research, respiratory physiology, respiratory epidemiology, health psychology, health economics and informatics. The Department of General Practice provides students with additional support and advice in statistics and qualitative methods as needed.

Candidates will be offered opportunities for further training and development in respiratory research, general practice research, epidemiology, qualitative research and statistics depending on the interests and needs of the candidate.

Interested students with a background in medicine, health sciences, psychology, or public health should contact the director of the PCRU, A/Prof Alan Crockett, to discuss potential projects.

Contact Details:
A/Prof Alan Crockett
Director
Primary Care Respiratory Unit
Discipline of General Practice
Email: alan.crockett@adelaide.edu.au
Ph 8303 3460

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Mental Health Opportunities - These projects relate to the Primary Care Mental Health Unit's goal of achieving optimal health outcomes for individuals with mental health problems, and their families, in the primary care setting.

Suitable for students with backgrounds in health sciences, public health, social sciences, psychology, medicine or nursing.

The Primary Care Mental Health Unit's vision is optimal health outcomes for individuals with mental health problems, and their families, in the primary care setting. Our mission is to undertake research and teaching in the area of primary care mental health, and to collaborate with other organizations and the health professionals involved in primary care mental health, for the benefit of patients, families, and the community.

There are opportunities in the department for students to undertake Masters or PhD research into mental health in the context of primary health care. Prospective supervisors have backgrounds in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies (including social constructivist/discursive methodologies). Research within the unit has included a study of a primary care treatment to prevent relapse of depression, a study into social anxiety disorder in university students and qualitative social research into the mental health experiences of homeless women. While student projects would need to address mental health in the primary health care context, we will provide flexibility for students to determine the specific research question they would like to address.

Postgraduate studies in this area would be suitable for students with backgrounds in health sciences, public health, social sciences, psychology, medicine or nursing.

If you are interested in postgraduate research in this area, please contact
Professor Nigel Stocks, Discipline of General Practice, University of Adelaide
on 8303 3460, email: nigel.stocks@adelaide.edu.au