Projects

SPAHC BMedSc 2015

Department of General Practice Projects

Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit Projects

Physiotherapy Projects

School of Primary and Allied Health Care Projects

Department of General Practice Projects

Main SupervisorProject title/Research question
Main SupervisorProject title/Research question
A/Prof Jan ColesStudent attitudes to violence education: Is online education effective?
A/Prof Jan ColesMapping primary care family violence education in the Asia Pacific.
A/Prof Jan ColesOn the radar? GPs and filicide (With Dept of Social Work)
A/Prof Jan ColesAre responses to mental health apps honest?
Dr Craig HassedThe impact of mindfulness training on student wellbeing and performance
Dr Craig HassedThe impact of mindfulness training on general practitioner wellbeing and clinical practice
Dr Craig HassedThe views and experience of cancer patients in seeking an Integrative Medicine approach to cancer management
Dr Craig HassedWho are the real friends of science in medicine?
Dr Craig HassedOvercoming MS: The Lifestyle management of Multiple Sclerosis
A/Prof Peter SchattnerThe role of ambulatory BP monitoring in general practice
A/Prof Peter SchattnerHow do GPs use mental health treatment plans in practice?
Dr Bianca BrijnathWhy do people buy medicines online? Qualitative perspectives from patients  
Dr Bianca BrijnathHow does health-seeking online affect doctor-patient relationships? Qualitative perspectives from doctors 
Dr Bianca Brijnath
Ms Jo Antoniades
How do we reduce the stigma for mental health seeking in CALD communities: A systematic review of the evidence
Dr Bianca Brijnath
Ms Jo Antoniades
Developing and piloting a patient survey focused on mental health stigma and help seeking in CALD communities
Dr Lyle Turner
Dr Maria de Leon-Santiago
Are young people using general practice services? An analysis of MAGNET GP data.
Prof Danielle Mazza
Dr Lyle Turner
Sexual health services for young people in general practice
Dr Lyle Turner
Dr Maria de Leon-Santiago
Is the healthy kids check being applied in general practice? Examining the MAGNET GP dataset
Prof Danielle Mazza
Dr Lyle Turner
Cancer patients in general practice: who are they and what do they have?
Ms Ping Wong
A/Prof Jan Coles
Carer Perspectives: Can mindfulness training alter the progression of cognitive decline in people with mild cognitive impairment?

Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit Projects

SupervisorsProject title/Research question
Professor Grant Russell
Dr Jean-Fred Levesque
Dr Rikki Lane
Is primary care in Australia as good as it can be? An international comparison.
Professor Grant Russell
Dr Jenny Advocat
The right care at the right time in the right place: A primary care intervention for vulnerable people.
Professor Grant Russell
Dr Hao Cheng
Dr Jenny Advocat
Sayed Wahidi
The Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Australia.
Professor Grant Russell
Dr Riki Lane
Searching for the Holy Grail in primary care: How do models of integrated primary health care centres impact on access and integration of care?
Dr Jenny AdvocatYoung people, mental health and primary care at headspace Dandenong.

The Southern Academic Primary Care Research Unit (SAPCRU) was  established in 2009 through a unique partnership between Dandenong Casey  Division of General Practice (now the South Eastern Melbourne Medicare Local),  Monash University and Southern Health (now Monash Health). The aim of the unit  is to further primary health care research and education in south eastern  metropolitan Melbourne. SAPCRU has two broad research priorities which provide  the framework for its research around access to primary care for vulnerable  populations: primary care reform, and refugee and migrant health.

SAPCRU's mission is to conduct and facilitate high quality, regionally  specific research which influences policy makers and health services to shape a  primary care system that is continuously focused on improving the health and  wellbeing of the south east metropolitan Melbourne community. SAPCRU conducts  multidisciplinary research together with collaborators and strategic partners  from other departments and faculties at Monash University, other universities  and independent research institutes, General Practice Networks, public health  services, consumers and consumer groups, non-government organisations industry  and government.

SAPCRU is a professional, diverse and progressive research unit.  Everyone who works with us is a valued member of the research team and both  supported and encouraged in their research. SAPCRU fosters both independence  and collaboration, allowing students to develop as young researchers whilst  making a difference within the community.

As SAPCRU is a small unit, students have the associated benefits of  access to the team and research resources. Each student will be in the unique  position to follow their passions to form their own research question within  the current projects offered. This means that in conjunction with the  supervisors, the student will be able to shape the research to suit their  interests and professional aspirations, giving students ownership over their  individual projects. While it may be a steep learning curve, this allows  students to develop professional research skills they may not learn on other  placements.

Physiotherapy Projects

Main Supervisor Project title/Research question
Dr Shapour JaberzadehNon-invasive brain stimulation: How does it affect the brain executive functions?
Dr Shapour JaberzadehTranscranial direct current stimulation: How does it enhance motor control of human movement?
Dr Jamie Gaida
A/Prof Neale Cohen
Baker IDI Diabetes Clinics
Musculoskeletal complications in diabetes mellitus

The projects  offered for BMedSci students by Dr Shapour Jaberzadeh at department of  Physiotherapy are supported by two laboratories equipped with single–pulse,  paired-pulse and rapid transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), wireless EMG  amplifiers and a range of different electrical stimulators. These enable the  students to modulate brain activity for therapeutic purposes and to objectively  measure the changes in level of corticospinal excitability, intracortical  inhibition and intracortical facilitation.

Dr Jaberzadeh has supervised to successful completion 6 honours, 2 Masters and 2  PhD students mainly in the area of non-invasive brain stimulation and  sensory/motor control of human movements. Currently, he works as director  of Non-invasive Brain Stimulation & Neuroplasticity Laboratory and  postgraduate coordinator, in Department of Physiotherapy, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Monash University.

School of Primary and Allied Health Care Projects

Main Supervisor Project title/Research question
Professor Shane ThomasPatient experience in clinical services: How does it inform quality improvement and health reform?
Professor Shane ThomasThe effectiveness of psychological therapies in treatment of addiction and problem gambling

Professor Thomas has supervised to successful completion 100  honours and 56 PhD students in the areas of public health, health services and  clinical research. He is the author of six books and 250 refereed publications.  Shane is the author of a Cochrane review, an NHMRC clinical guideline and is CI  in two large scale Randomised Controlled Trials and a CI in the world’s largest  patient experience study. Shane is an expert foreign advisor in China  concerning health reform and research development and is a commissioner of  three Chinese national health research and development bodies.