School of Medicine & Public Health Vacation Scholarship

Amount$2100Number Available5FacultiesFaculty of Education and ArtsFaculty of Health and MedicineFaculty of Science and Information Technology
EstablishmentThis scholarship is available to support supervised research into Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Students will be able to assist in the following projects:

A survey of the health risk factors of stroke survivors and their informal carers. Associate Professor Billie Bonevski

This project aims to measure levels of smoking, risky alcohol use, nutrition and physical activity and depression and anxiety among recent stroke and TIA (trans ischaemic attack) survivors and their primary informal carers as well as preferences for types of health behaviour change strategies. The student will assist in the implementation of a cross-sectional survey with 240 stroke and TIA survivors and their primary informal carer. The survey results will be used to improve health risk behaviours for stroke survivors.

Improving psychosocial outcomes for lung cancer patients Associate Professor Chris Paul and Dr Allison Boyes

A highly accessible and sustainable source of personalised support for cancer patients is the Cancer Council Helpline in each state. An NHMRC-funded randomized controlled trial aims to test Helpline telephone based versus on-line chat versus print material in improving psychosocial outcomes for lung cancer patients. A student could be involved in updating literature searches relating to use of the measures and key intervention components, assisting with recruitment/ethics applications and helping draft a protocol paper.

Project Mental health, alcohol/other drug use and service utlilisation in rural Australian residents Supervisors: Dr Frances Kay-Lambkin, Dr Kerry Inder, Tonelle Handley and Professor Brian Kelly

Using data from a large epidemiological study of rural and remote residents of NSW, this project will focus on barriers and facilitators to service use for people with alcohol/other drug use problems with and without co-occurring mental health problems. The student will undertake a literature review and assist with the drafting of a manuscript for publication, which needs to be finalised by mid-January 2014.

Associations between psychological distress scores and diagnoses of depression and anxiety in university students: findings from a web-based survey of Australian university students Professor Kypros Kypri, Dr Kerry Inder, & A/Prof Jenny Bowman.

The study will utilise data from the 2010 Student Mental Health Survey to examine associations between students' K-10 scores and whether they meet criteria for depression and anxiety on the Patient Health Questionnaire. The Kessler-10 is a widely used self-report measure of psychological distress and scores have been found to be particularly high in university students. It is unclear whether the standard cut-offs are valid in this population group. Responses were received from 6,044 (25%) UoN students who completed a web survey (see http://smhs.heroku.com/)

Applicable to: Vacation, Research, Mental Health, Health, Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences, Psychology, Sociology, Education, Humanities, Social Science, Midwifery, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Environmental Science, Physiotherapy, High Achievers, Substance Abuse.

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in the 2nd year onwards of any medical/health related program
  • Be intending to commence a research higher degree next year on a full-time basis
Required Documentation

If documentation is not provided your application will not be processed. Please have all required documents available for upload as PDF, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, or JPG files prior to completing the online application process.

Please make a statement outlining how you would benefit from being awarded a SMPH Summer Scholarship in Mental Health and Substance Use, and your intention to pursue future studies in research (approximately 300 words)

  • A current curriculum vitae (CV) or resume
Benefit

Five (5) scholarships are available valued at $2100 each, payable in a lump sum upon commencement of research.

Applicants must be able to commence the week beginning November 25 and complete the project prior to the start of semester 1 2014. Scholarship recipients will be expected to work 20-25 days during this period. Times and dates to be negotiated with project supervisor.

Selection
  • Selection will be based on the applicant¿s Grade Point Average (GPA), and their interest in mental health research and willingness to undertake a Research Higher Degree.
  • Applicants must be able to commence the week beginning November 25 and complete the project prior to the start of semester 1 2014. Scholarship recipients will be expected to work 20-25 days during this period. Times and dates to be negotiated with project supervisor.
Faculties
  • Faculty of Education and Arts
  • Faculty of Health and Medicine
  • Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

SCHOLARSHIPS OFFICER

Student Services Centre
University of Newcastle
University Drive
CALLAGHAN NSW 2308

Phone: +61 2 4921 6404 or +61 2 4921 8849
Fax: +61 2 4921 6937
Email: scholarships@newcastle.edu.au