South Western Sydney Clinical School

Scholarship: Decision Aid

South Western Sydney Local Health District, UNSW and Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research PhD Scholarship: Closing the information gap for culturally and linguistically diverse women with breast cancer: Phase II trial of a decision aid about breast reconstruction after mastectomy.

Scholarship Description

The scholarship is for the PhD project: “Closing the information gap for culturally and linguistically diverse women with breast cancer: Phase II trial of a decision aid about breast reconstruction after mastectomy”, funded through South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD). The value of the scholarship is AU$35000 per annum for 3 years plus project related costs to enable the successful completion of the project.

Project Description

Up to 40% of patients who undergo surgery for breast cancer have a mastectomy. Only 12% of these women will go on to have breast reconstruction; the rate is thought to be even lower for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) patients. Aims: 1) identify the rate of breast reconstruction in South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD) [which has a population of 40% from a CALD background]; 2) identify perceived barriers and facilitators to undergoing breast reconstruction in CALD and English-speaking women who have had a mastectomy; 3) develop and pilot test a decision aid to assist CALD women in making a decision about breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Methods: The PhD student will interrogate existing databases to determine breast reconstruction rates in SWSLHD; through bi-lingual research staff, interview Arabic, Chinese, Vietnamese and English-speaking patients who have had mastectomy to inform the development of a breast reconstruction decision aid; and pilot test the acceptability and usefulness of the newly developed breast reconstruction decision aid in these CALD patients.

The successful PhD candidate will be enrolled in the South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW Medicine, UNSW; and located at the Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research in Liverpool, Sydney. This innovative independent not-for-profit research organisation houses approximately 200 researchers and has a primary focus on translational research. It is strategically well-placed through co-location with the Liverpool Hospital, the biggest in Australia, and close links to other hospitals in the Sydney South West and partnering with SWSLHD, UNSW and WSU. The student will be co-supervised by Dr Patsy Soon, Clinical Academic and Breast Surgeon, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW; Dr Janelle Levesque, Project Manager, Psycho-oncology Research Groupand Professor Afaf Girgis, Director, Psycho-oncology Research Group, Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research & UNSW. The student will have access to world-class research facilities and expertise, including bio-statistical support.

Study Subject

Breast cancer, Breast reconstruction, Cultural & linguistic diversity, Use of a Decision Aid

Provided By

South Western Sydney Local Health District (SWSLHD)

Availability

This scholarship will be for one person for three consecutive years (2016- 2018).

Payment Information

The value of this scholarship is AUD$35000 per annum for a period of 3 years. This does not include travel expenses required for implementation of the project.

Research Information

This scholarship is for one of the following fields: MEDICAL and HEALTH SCIENCES, PSYCHOLOGY, BEHAVIOURAL and COGNITIVE SCIENCES.

Eligibility

This scholarship requires you to have achieved Honours 1 or equivalent, or Honours 2a or equivalent. Only citizens of Australia or AUS permanent residents can apply.

Application Details

Scholarship applications must be submitted directly to the scholarship provider and include academic transcripts. Terms and conditions are subject to change. Always confirm details with scholarship provider before applying.

Main Contact

Dr Patsy Soon
Level 3, Staff Specialist Suite
Bankstown Hospital, Eldridge Rd, Bankstown
Phone: 0403 318 988
Email: p.soon@unsw.edu.au

 

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