Current Scholarships project listing

General Information

Location of Scholarship:
School of Primary and Allied Health Care
Department of General Practice
Building 1, 270 Ferntree Gully Road, Notting Hill

Conditions of Acceptance

  • All scholarship holders are expected to work from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday, for the period of their scholarship project.
  • Scholarship periods are non-negotiable.
  • If you are offered a scholarship, as a condition of acceptance, all scholars are required to submit a reflective piece (no more than 500 words), which may be published (at the discretion of the Department) along with an image of the scholar.
  • Scholars may also be required to present the outcomes of their project at a Department of General Practice academic session.

Winter scholarship projects 2017 - 2018

Project ID: 1248
Innovative Models Promoting Access to Care Transformation (IMPACT) .
Supervisor: Professor Grant Russell (main); Dr Marina Kunin and Dr Phillip Thompson (associates)

Background
This work will be conducted within the Innovative Models Promoting Access-to-Care Transformation (IMPACT) Centre for Research Excellence.
Vulnerable people may face considerable barriers in getting appropriate primary care. Australia and Canada are among many countries trying to improve their primary healthcare delivery and to reduce unmet need among those at most risk. IMPACT aims to discover and trial world’s best practice innovations to help vulnerable people access the primary care that fits their needs. Six sites across Australia and Canada participate in a program that is getting to an exciting stage with data being gathered and analysed, and publications being planned.

Settings: south-eastern Melbourne (Dandenong); Clayton and neighbouring suburbs, as well as South West Sydney, Central Adelaide, and 3 Canadian sites in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec

Project
Within the scope of the IMPACT Project, the Summer Scholar will work alongside an experienced research team including national and international research leaders to:

  • Assist with qualitative (interviews) and quantitative (surveys, de-identified patient information) data collection and early analysis
  • Develop academic writing skills by contributing to research papers, reports and conference presentations.

In general terms we would prefer that candidates work with us for at least 8 weeks

Flexible timing based on availability of successful candidate(s) – up to two positions are available.

Project ID: 1245
The Australian Contraceptive Choice Project (ACCORd).
Supervisor: Dr Cathy Watson (main);  Catriona Rowe and Jennie Raymond (associates)

Background
This project is a large cluster randomised controlled trial.

ACCORd is an Australian adaption of the US Contraceptive CHOICE Project. The study aims to test whether an educational intervention targeting GPs and establishing a fast-track referral process are a cost-effective means of increasing the uptake of LARCs amongst Australian women. This intervention has the potential to increase the uptake of LARCs amongst Australian women by addressing patient, practitioner and system barriers, and reduce the rates of unintended pregnancies in Australia.

Website of project
http://www.med.monash.edu.au/general-practice/research/accord/

Project
This is a unique opportunity to gain experience with working on a large, NHMRC funded randomised controlled trial in women’s health.
The scholarship holder will assist ACCORd staff to carry out required duties within the project including:

  • the conduct of participant telephone reminder calls for their six month and 12 month surveys under supervision of ACCORd team
  • the conduct (under supervision) of a literature review that will form part of the background section of papers arising from this project. NB Summer Scholars are not expected to have co-authorship on papers but will be acknowledged in any publications
  • Other research tasks as required, including data entry, simple analysis and marketing / dissemination

Participation as a summer scholar may lead to further research opportunities associated with the Department of General Practice, BMedSc and BMedSc / PhD Department stream in a variety of educational related research areas.
Timing: Six weeks in total, with a break from December 21st 2017 and recommencing 8th January 2018.

Project ID: 1423OPTIMISE Partnership Project: better primary healthcare for refugees
Supervisor: Professor Grant Russell (main); Nilakshi Gunatillaka (associate)
Background

Background
OPTIMISE is a partnership between the Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU), Monash University, the University of NSW, Latrobe University, the University of Ottawa; Monash Health, cohealth, Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Victorian Refugee Health Network, NSW Refugee Health Service, South Eastern Health Providers Association, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network; South Western Sydney Primary Health Network, AMES, Settlement Services International, the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Refugee Health Network of Australia.

Aim: to generate a model of integrated refugee primary health care suitable for uptake throughout Australia

Objectives: We will work to trial and implement a collaborative, system-oriented approach to:

  • increase the accessibility of refugee focused health services and mainstream primary care
  • optimise systems for transferring refugee clients at appropriate times between these services.
  • Increase the ability of mainstream primary care services to deliver high quality accessible care to refugees.
  • develop capacity amongst academics, clinicians and decision-makers in terms of system improvement for services appropriate for the management of refugees in the community
Setting: two regions of Victoria (south eastern and north western Melbourne) and one region of New South Wales (south western Sydney) with high rates of refugee resettlement.

Project
The successful candidate will be working alongside researchers and partner agencies within South East Melbourne to implement and evaluate an outreach practice facilitation intervention in mainstream general practice. S/he will have the opportunity to:

  • Assist with qualitative (interviews) and quantitative (surveys, de-identified patient information) data collection and early analysis
  • Assist with recruitment of general practice clinics and their ongoing engagement through a project newsletter, website and social media.
  • Gain experience with community engagement through participation in a regional team of policy advisers, health service/program managers, clinicians and community members working to improve primary health care delivery to refugees
  • Develop academic writing skills by contributing to research papers, reports and conference presentations.

Timing: Minimum of 8 weeks; Flexible based on availability of successful candidate(s) – up to two positions are available.

Project ID: 1422
Give respect project
Supervisor: Professor Jan Coles

Background
This project is part of a larger project Give Respect Education project.
Four positions are available:

  • Social marketing project extension (x2)
  • Data analysis (x2)

Project
Two scholarship holders will assist with the social marketing aspect of the project refining work commenced in a social marketing subject, while up to two others in the analysis of either quantitative survey or qualitative interview data.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop collaboration and research skills, take part in meetings with a cross discipline team and contribute to knowledge in this area, including contributing to violence prevention work at Monash University.

Participation as a summer scholar may lead to further research opportunities associated BMedSc, and BMedSc/PhD Department stream in a variety of violence related research areas. The 4 week project provides practical work experience for the successful student with the opportunity to work with world leaders in violence education, evaluation and research across multiple disciplines.

Timing: The successful scholarship holder is expected to work for 4 consecutive weeks with a flexible start date from 20th November 2017 depending on student and supervisor availability.

Project ID: 1421
Experiences of sexual harassment among international medical women
Supervisor: Professor Jan Coles

Background
This project is part of a larger project with the Medical Women’s International Association.

Project
The scholarship holder will assist in the analysis of either quantitative survey or qualitative interview data.
This is an excellent opportunity to develop research skills, take part in meetings with a cross discipline team and contribute to knowledge in this area, including submitting an abstract to the MWIA centennial meeting in 2019.

Participation as a summer scholar may lead to further research opportunities associated BMedSc, and BMedSc/PhD Department stream in a variety of family violence related research areas. The 6 week project provides practical work experience for the successful student with the opportunity to work with world leaders in family violence education, evaluation and research across multiple disciplines.

Timing: The successful scholarship holder is expected to work for 6 consecutive weeks with a flexible start date from 20th November 2017 depending on student and supervisor availability.