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PhD Projects

We would like to welcome three recent PHD students:

International PhD candidate Ninh Thi Ha was awarded a degree in Masters of Health Service Management in 2014 from Curtin University. Her dissertation was supervised by Associate Professor Rachael Moorin and Delia Hendrie using linked administrative data. Ninh Thi Ha has subsequently published on paper from her dissertation and two additional papers from work undertaken in Vietnam co-authored with her supervisor Rachael Moorin.

Currently, enrolled as a PhD candidate, Nihn Tri PhD study will be a part of the large NHMRC funded project (ID APP1078345) named “Does continuity of primary care reduce demand on emergency department presentations and hospital admissions?” The project has obtained Curtin University ethical approval and will use whole-population Commonwealth and linked person-level data to evaluate the influence of patterns of primary care contact on emergency department (ED) visits and potentially preventable hospitalisations (PPHs) for patients with a range of national priority chronic complex conditions including diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

While part of a large multi- thematic project the proposed PhD study will specifically focus on developing and testing a time-limited metric termed “cover”” to evaluate the interaction of patterns of primary care on ED visits and PPHs using advanced econometric techniques.

Wendy Nicholls and Kara Lily had recent successes in their candidacy and ethical approvals processes and are ready to embark on their research activity.

Wendy is undertaking a PhD that will investigate the psychosocial effects for individuals with a cleft condition and how these may impact on their quality of life, her study will also explore how the risk for psychosocial problems may be mitigated by addressing the associated issues early on in an individual’s life.

Kara’s MPhill research study aims to describe the feasibility of Health in All Policies (HiAP) being initiated and integrated into local government policy processes in Queensland, Australia. This study will add to the existing research of identified barriers and enablers to successful healthy public policy processes in local government settings; and further explore the application of political science frameworks, a currently under-researched area in health promotion.