The University of Newcastle is funding five new scholarships in a 50/50 partnership with NSW Health.

Five new PhD Scholars for UON

Thursday, 8 June 2017


The University of Newcastle is funding five new scholarships in a 50/50 partnership with NSW Health.

Exploring a diverse range of health issues impacting the Hunter New England region, the scholars will focus on tobacco research, epidemiology and implementation science.

Working with UON researchers and Hunter New England Health practitioners, the inaugural NSW Health PhD Scholarships Program aims to develop the capability and skills of PhD candidates and to improve patient outcomes and wellbeing.

The five successful scholarship recipients are:

  • Ms Melissa Jackson: Developing strategies to improve health outcomes for mothers and their babies in the high risk group. Melissa will work under the primary supervision of Professor Amanda Baker.
  • Dr Seth Tarrant: The epidemiology of geriatric hip fracture focusing on how the timing of surgery affects the physiological condition of the patient and the impact of preventable occurrences on patient outcomes. Seth will work under the supervision of Professor Zsolt J Balogh.
  • Ms Emma Robson: Investigation into the effectiveness of a healthy lifestyle program, embedded within a tertiary hospital outpatient clinic, to improve weight and reduce disability in patients with low back pain. Emma will work under the supervision of Dr Christopher Williams.
  • Dr Rakshit Panwar: Investigating whether individualising blood pressure targets based on patients' usual resting blood pressure measurements could reduce new onset acute kidney injury among critically ill patients with shock. Rakshit will work under the supervision of Professor John Attia.
  • Dr Ingrid Berling: Investigating whether the known increased risk of sudden death in people with psychiatric disorders is caused by medication-induced cardiac arrhythmia and consequently whether this is preventable. Ingrid will work under the supervision of Professor Jennifer Martin.

The scholarships were announced on June 5, 2017 as part of a $1.5 million NSW Government program to advance the careers of early career researchers in health and medical research.