The University of Newcastle, Australia

CASTIDE: Cancer and Sexually-Transmitted Infection Differences in Experience

Closing Date: 31 August 2019


PhD Opportunity

People are increasingly experiencing a dual diagnosis – being told they have cancer and a sexually transmitted infection (STI) called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). The aim of the project is to describe the experience for people with cancer, an STI or both.

Cancer cell during cell division

People are increasingly experiencing a dual diagnosis – being told they have cancer and a sexually transmitted infection (STI) called Human Papilloma Virus (HPV-16). The good news is, that if they are P16-positive, then their prognosis is better than if their cancer was caused by smoking or alcohol abuse. The bad news is, that getting a P16-positive result also means they have HPV, an incurable STI that has the potential to cause problems in their relationships (both current and future). It is unknown how the experiences of dual-diagnosis patients differ from those with cancer alone, or HPV alone (or other virally-transmitted STIs like Human Immune-Deficiency Virus [HIV] or Herpes Simplex Virus [HSV]). The aim of the project is to describe the experience of diagnosis, treatment, and referral to other allied health professionals such as psychologists and social workers, as well as short-term psychological and social experiences of three groups – those with the dual diagnosis described above, those with cancer alone, and those with a virally transmitted STI (HPV, HIV and/or HSV).

PhD Opportunity details

Funding:

This PhD opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please submit an application in the relevant scholarship round.

Supervisor: Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon

Available to: Domestic and International students

Either PhD or MPhil

Eligibility Criteria

In addition to the minimum eligibility criteria, applicants must have achieved either Honours Class One in Psychology, Medical Science, Social Work, or Nursing, or have completed a relevant and recent Masters of Philosophy.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to Mary-Claire.Hanlon@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 31 August 2019.

Applications Close 31 August 2019


Contact Dr Mary-Claire Hanlon
Phone +61 2 4921 7776
Email Mary-Claire.Hanlon@newcastle.edu.au

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