Ms Ruby Biezen
Department of General Practice
PhD Title: Knowledge, attitude and practice of parents and primary care providers in the prevention and management of respiratory tract infections in young children
Supervisors: Dr Bianca Brijnath and Prof. Danielle Mazza
Ruby Biezen enrolled in her PhD (part time) in January this year and converted to full time study in August after being awarded the Australian Postgraduate Award. Her PhD research aims to examine the knowledge, attitudes and practices of parents and primary care providers in the prevention and management of respiratory tract infections in young children using a mixed methods approach. Ruby aims to undertake face-face interviews with primary care providers and focus groups with parents and carers of children under 5 years of age. Additionally she will undertake a national survey with primary care providers to determine their views, attitude and behaviour with respect to their knowledge and current preventive and management on respiratory illness such as hand hygiene and influenza vaccines, in children under 5 years of age. Ruby presented at the Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHCRIS) conference this year on her paper entitled “Respiratory tract infections in children under the age of 5: Current management in Australian general practice”.
She is currently supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award.