School of Health Sciences PhD projects, students and supervisors


Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors

Abdulla Alabdulhadi

Vestibulo-Cochlear Health Outcomes From Combined Exposures to Noise and Industrial Solvents in Printeries in the State of Kuwait 2012 - 2017

Principal: Dr Maya Guest

Co-Supervisor: Mr Peter Devey

Emmanuel Boateng Examining Structural Relationships Between Organisational Safety Behaviour and Accident Causation: Patterns and Their Impact on Construction Project Performance. 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Manikam Pillay

Co-Supervisor: Professor Peter Davis

Joanna Bohatko Naismith

The Perceptions and Experiences of the Return to Work Coordinator in Relation to Their Role and Training 2010 - 2017

Principal: Professor Darren Rivett

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Carole James and Dr Maya Guest

Bliss Cavanagh

Art and Sensory Environments: An Exploration of Tourette Syndrome and the Art of Abstract Play to Enhance Mental Health and Inclusive Quality of Life 2015 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Carole James

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Miranda Lawry and Dr Kirsti Haracz

Andrew Enya High Reliability Organizational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Manikam Pillay

Co-Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Shane Dempsey

Heather Jackson

Benchmarking Workplace Health and Safety Culture and Practice 2014 - 2020

Principal: Dr Maya Guest

Co-Supervisors:  Professor Michael Quinlan and Dr Peter Kines

Adelle Liebenberg

Development of Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss: A Review of Identification and Management 2014 - 2022

Principal: Assoc Prof Carole James

Co-Supervisors: Professor Alan Brichta and Ms Valerie Nie

Wonder Nyoni The Role of Human Factors (HF) in Managing Residual Risk in the Australian Minerals Industry 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Manikam Pillay

Co-Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Rubin and Dr Marcus Jefferies

Sriram Prasath Ramasoori Krishnan

Toxicology of Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles 2016 - 2025

Principal: Assoc Prof Carole James

Co-Supervisors: Dr Kavitha Palaniappan and Dr He Wang


Family Studies

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Katrien Pickles Investigating playgrounds from an ecological perspective:
A mixed-methods study of the beliefs and behaviours of children and adults.
2016 - 2020

Principal: Professor Alan Hayes

Co-Supervisor: Dr Deborah Hartman

Jaime Wroe Navigating the negative: Early postnatal negative thoughts and father-infant interrelations at 9 months 2016 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Richard Fletcher

Co-Supervisors: Dr Linda Campbell and Dr Jennifer St George


Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Neda Gholizadeh Improved Prostate Tumour Identification and Delineation Using Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2015 - 2019

Principal: Conjoint Prof Peter Greer

Co-Supervisors: Dr Saadallah Ramadan and  Dr John Simpson

Scott Quadrelli Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) to Document Changes in Neurochemistry 2014 - 2018

Principal: Professor Carolyn Mountford

Co-Supervisors: Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley and  Dr Saadallah Ramadan


Medical Radiation Sciences

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Al-ledani Oun Issa Salman Fast magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging for whole brain metabolic profiling of multiple sclerosis 2014 - 2018

Principal: Dr Saadallah Ramadan

Co-Supervisors: Dr Karan Ribbons and Assoc Prof Jeanette Lechner-Scott

Jameen Arm Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) in the Diagnosis and Management of Multiple Sclerosis. 2015 - 2023

Principal: Dr Saadallah Ramadan

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Jeanette Lechner-Scott and Dr Karan Ribbons

Craig Opie Increasing the Quality of Radiation Therapy Services in a Low Resource 2017 - 2025

Principal: Assoc Prof Shane Dempsey

Co-Supervisor: Dr Sharon Maresse

Cameron Younger Informed Consent for Clinical Examinations Involving Ionising Radiation 2011 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Helen Warren-Forward

Co-Supervisor: Dr Charles Douglas


Nutrition and Dietetics

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Katherine Brain Nutrition's Role in the Management of Chronic Pain 2015 - 2019

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows, Dr Megan Rollo, Dr Christopher Hayes, and Ms Fiona Hodson

Hannah Brown Examining the impact of supportive tools including food labels and an augmented reality application on food and nutrition knowledge and portion size selection in pregnant women 2016 - 2020

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisors: Dr Megan Rollo,and Dr Tamara Bucher

Chelsea Clare Visualising Dietary Patterns: New Insights Into Eating Behaviours 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Megan Rollo

Co-Supervisor: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Li Kheng Chai An Innovative Model of Care to Address Childhood Obesity 2015 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Christopher May and Professor Clare Collins

Erin Clarke Efficacy of Varying Levels of Technology-Delivered Personalised Feedback on Dietary Patterns in Motivating Young Australian Adults to Improve Diet Quality and Eating Habits 2017 - 2021

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisor: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Paula Convery Improving University Student Mental Health Through an Online Multi-Behaviour Lifestyle Intervention. 2017 - 2021

Principal: Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Co-Supervisor:  Assoc Prof Frances Lambkin

Nienke de Vlieger Impact of Experiential Nutrition Education Using 3D Food Models and Mobile Technology in Children Aged 10-13 2016 - 2020

Principal:: Dr Tamara Bucher

Co-Supervisors: Dr Megan Rollo,and Professor Clare Collins

Catherine Harbury A Systematic Review of the Current Literature Regarding the Nutritional Status of Morbidly Obese Individuals Leading to a Cross-Sectional Survey with a View to Progressing to an Interventional Study 2013 - 2019

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisor: Professor Robin Callister

Kathy-Lee Homes Optimising glycaemic control in children with type 1 diabetes and coeliac disease. 2016 - 2023

Principal: Dr Carmel Smart

Co-Supervisors: Professor Bruce King and Assoc Prof Peter Howley

Jacklyn Jackson Dietary Nitrates and Cardiovascular Health 2015 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Mark Mcevoy

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Lesley McDonald-Wicks and Dr Amanda Patterson

Rebecca Mckenna Development of a Personality Based Intervention for Treatment of Addictive Eating Behaviours 2017 - 2021

Principal: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Leanne Hides and Professor Clare Collins

Angelica Quatela The Role of Breakfast on Metabolic and Anthropometric Parameters in Healthy Individuals 2014 - 2018

Principal: Dr Lesley McDonald-Wicks

Co-Supervisors: Dr Amanda Patterson and Professor Robin Callister

Janelle Skinner Investigating Oxytocin as a biomarker to characterise Food Addiction 2016 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Tracy Burrows

Co-Supervisors: Professor Manohar Garg and Assoc Prof Christopher Dayas

Lisa Vincze Weight Management During Pregnancy and Following Childbirth 2014 - 2018

Principal: Dr Megan Rollo

Co-Supervisors: Professor Clare Collins, Dr Melinda Hutchesson and Professor Robin Callister

Cheryl Watterson Promoting Healthy Eating and Appropriate Weight Gain in Pregnancy 2016 - 2024

Principal: Professor Clare Collins

Co-Supervisor:  Dr Lesley McDonald-Wicks

Emily Webb Management of Overweight and Obesity in Osteoarthritis 2016 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Surinder Baines

Co-Supervisor:  Dr Peter Osmotherly

Megan Whatnall Development and Evaluation of a Brief Online Nutrition Intervention for University Students 2016 - 2020

Principal: Dr Melinda Hutchesson

Co-Supervisor: Dr Amanda Patterson


Occupational Therapy

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Isabelle Beaudry Bellefeuille Examining the defecation habits of young children from a sensory perspective 2016 - 2020

Principal: Professor Shelly Lane

Co-Supervisors:  Assoc Prof Alison Lane and Mr Eduardo Ramos-Polo

Janet Frith Shifting Gears: Returning to Driving After Stroke 2014 - 2018

Principal: Assoc Prof Helen Warren-Forward

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Isobel Hubbard and Assoc Prof Carole James

Caroline Hills Are Contemporary Practice Environments Conducive to the Learning Needs and Preferences of 'Generation Y' Occupational Therapy Students? 2011 - 2019

Principal: Conjoint Prof. Tracy Levett-Jones

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Samuel Lapkin and Assoc Prof Helen Warren-Forward

Brigette Lupton An Investigation into Mental Health Consumers' Experience of Participation in a Community Soccer Program 2014 - 2021

Principal: Assoc Prof Carole James

Co-supervisors: Dr Samantha Ashby and Dr Kirsti Haracz


Oral Health Therapy

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Leonie De-Bellis Can the Introduction of an Emotional Intelligence and Leadership Program into Oral Health Education Improve Global Trait Emotional Intelligence Scores? 2015 - 2023

Principal: Assoc Prof Jane Taylor

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Janet Wallace and Dr Daphne James

Kay Franks The Development of an Educational Package to Increase the Efficacy of Oral Health Therapists' Knowledge, Skills and Delivery of Dietary and Nutritional Advice to Service Consumers 2014 - 2022

Principal: Assoc Prof Jane Taylor

Co-Supervisors:  Dr Janet Wallace and Assoc Prof Surinder Baines

Denise Higgins Indirect Vision Training for Oral Health Students 2014 - 2022

Principal: Assoc Prof Jane Taylor

Co-Supervisors: Dr Melanie Hayes and  Dr Janet Wallace

Joanna Mohammadi Investigating the Utilisation of a Dental Hygienist in Residential Aged Care Facilities to Reduce the Oral Health Care Barriers Faced by Residents with Dementia 2014 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Jane Taylor

Co-Supervisors: Professor Clive Wright and  Dr Janet Wallace

Leanne Smith 'Smiles Not Tears' Oral Health Education Program for Aboriginal Health Workers 2013 - 2021

Principal: Assoc. Prof. Fiona Blinkhorn

Co-Supervisors: Conjoint Prof. Anthony Blinkhorn and Dr Fiona Hawke

Linda Wallace A Longitudinal Cohort Study of Bachelor of Oral Health Students from the University of Newcastle to Determine Employment Opportunities, Career Choices, and Job Satisfaction 2014 - 2017

Principal: Assoc Prof Jane Taylor

Co-Supervisor: Assoc. Prof. Fiona Blinkhorn


Physiotherapy

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Maya Abady The Relationship Between the Hip Joint and Chronic Non Specific Low Back Pain 2013 - 2022

Principal: Professor Darren Rivett

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass and Dr Peter Osmotherly

Scott Burns Hip Interventions for Patients with Low Back Pain 2016 - 2024

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisors: Professor Darren Rivett and Conjoint Prof Joshua Cleland

Christopher Shefali Management and Prevention of Running Injuries During the Postpartum Period 2015 - 2023

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisor: Conjoint Prof Chad Cook

Rutger De Zoete Cervical spine sensorimotor control in individuals with idiopathic neck pain 2015 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisors: Professor Darren Rivett and Dr Peter Osmotherly

Ryan Gallagher Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus: Validation of Standard Physiotherapy Assessment Tools 2015 - 2020

Principal: Dr Peter Osmotherly

Co-Supervisor: Mrs Jodie Marquez

Eric Gattie Dry Needling for Patients with Neck Pain 2015 - 2023

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisor: Conjoint Prof. Joshua Cleland

Urvashy Gopaul ComPoSE - Combined Physical and SEnsOry training to improve arm function after stroke 2014 - 2018

Principal: Professor Robin Callister

Co-Supervisors: Professor Michael Nilsson and Professor Paulette Van Vliet

Dean Innis Epidemiology of Surfing Injuries 2016 - 2023

Principal: Dr Peter Osmotherly

Co-Supervisor: Professor Darren Rivett

Grahame Knox Clinical Prediction Rules In Physiotherapy Clinical Education 2015 - 2017 Co-Supervisor: Assoc Prof Erica Southgate
Cameron McDonald Identifying the Common Basis of Manual Therapy for the Physiotherapy, Chiropractic, Medical and Osteopathic Professions 2016 - 2024

Principal: Professor Darren Rivett

Co-Supervisor: Dr Peter Osmotherly

Paul Mackie Breaking Up Sitting Time after Stroke: How Much Less Sitting is Needed (BUST-Dose) 2017 - 2021

Principal: Assoc. Prof. Coralie English

Co-Supervisors:  Ms Heidi Janssen and Professor David Dunstan

Jodie Marquez Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS): the Potential to Improve Stroke Recovery 2010 - 2018

Principal: Professor Mark Parsons

Co-Supervisors: Dr Andrew Bivard and Assoc. Prof. Jim Lagopolous

Amy Mcdevitt Diagnosis and Treatment of Biceps Tendinopathy 2017 - 2025

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisor: Conjoint Prof Joshua Cleland

Diana Moghaddas Cervical Spine Kinematics Associated with Chronic Idiopathic Neck Pain 2015 - 2023

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisor: Dr Suzi Edwards

Nicola Postal Lower Limb Robotic Exoskeleton (HELLEN) in Stroke Rehabilitation 2016 - 2024

Principal: Mrs Jodie Marquez

Co-Supervisor: Dr Andrew Bivard

Ishanka Rajapaksha Mudiyanselage Joint Mobilisation in Chronic Ankle Instability 2015 - 2019

Principal: Professor Darren Rivett

Co-Supervisors: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass and Dr Peter Osmotherly

Daniel Rhon Impact of Opioid Medication on Management, Recovery, and Outcomes of Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016 - 2024

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisors: Conjoint Prof Joshua Cleland and Conjoint Prof Chad Cook

Milanka Visser Predicting recovery after stroke using neuroimaging 2014 - 2018

Principal: Dr Andrew Bivard

Co-Supervisors:  Professor Neil Spratt and Dr Isobel Hubbard

Jodi Young Healthcare Utilisation Patterns in Patients with Lower Extremity Injuries 2016 - 2024

Principal: Assoc Prof Suzanne Snodgrass

Co-Supervisor: Conjoint Prof Joshua Cleland


Podiatry

StudentProjectTimelineSupervisors
Sarah Casey The Use of Ankle Brachial Index and Toe Brachial Index to Detect the Presence and Severity of Peripheral Arterial Disease in People with Diabetes 2013 - 2019

Principal: Assoc Prof Vivienne Chuter

Co-Supervisor:  Mr Damien Lafferty

Antoni Fellas Paediatric Rheumatology - Podiatric Intervention in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (Multicentre RCT) 2016 - 2020

Principal: Dr Andrea Coda

Co-Supervisors: Dr Derek Santos and Dr Davinda Singh-Grewal

Sean Lanting Vascular Risk Profiling and Exercise Therapy for Diabetic Foot Complications 2013 - 2017

Principal: Assoc Prof Vivienne Chuter

Co-Supervisors: Dr Michael Baker and Dr Nathan Johnston

Sean Sadler A randomised controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of foot orthotic devices for the treatment of chronic nonspecific low back pain 2014 - 2022

Principal: Assoc Prof Vivienne Chuter

Co-Supervisors: Dr Martin Spink and Dr Xanne Janse De Jonge

Angela Searle The effectiveness of a stretching intervention in lowering plantar pressures related to reduced ankle range of motion in people with diabetes. 2014 - 2018

Principal: Assoc Prof Vivienne Chuter

Co-Supervisor: Dr Martin Spink

Matthew West Development of a Targeted Foot Complications Screening and Intervention Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People 2016 - 2020

Principal: Assoc Prof Vivienne Chuter

Co-Supervisors: Dr Fiona Hawke and  Dr Shannon Munteanu