The University of Newcastle, Australia

Chronic disease and sexual/reproductive health

Closing Date: 31 March 2020


PhD Opportunity

Applications are invited from graduates from a range of disciplines to undertake a PhD focused on chronic disease and either sexual or reproductive health under the supervision of Dr Melissa Harris. The project will take advantage of longitudinal data (such as the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health; www.alswh.org.au) linked with administrative health records. There is the opportunity to conduct quantitative as well as qualitative analyses.

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Unintended pregnancy rates remain high in developed countries despite access to high quality sexual and reproductive services. In Australia, we currently lack high quality information on unintended pregnancy across the reproductive life course. We know that some groups of women are more likely to experience an unintended pregnancy than other women including young women, women who experience violence and women from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. There is also mounting evidence that women with chronic diseases have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than women without a chronic disease and that these women have poorer pregnancy experiences and outcomes.

A PhD opportunity is available to an individual with an interest in chronic disease to examine the relationship between chronic conditions (e.g. cancer, diabetes etc.) and sexual or reproductive health. This will involve the use of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) data, a national population cohort study linked with administrative health databases such as MBS/PBS and state-based hospital and perinatal data collections (see www.alswh.org.au for further study details).

There will also be the opportunity to conduct qualitative analysis of free-text survey data or interviews, depending on the candidate’s interests.

Candidates will work closely with Dr Melissa Harris, who is funded by the Australian Research Council to undertake research in this area. The prospective candidate’s research will sit under the strategic program, Worldwide Wellness of Mothers and Babies (WWOMB) as part of the Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing [www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/gha/research/WWOMB].

The ultimate goal of the research is to optimise preconception and reproductive life planning; prevent unintended pregnancies; and reduce pregnancy-related complications and poor outcomes for women with chronic disease.

PhD Opportunity details

Funding:

Please note that this HDR opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please apply in the relevant scholarship round.

Candidates will work closely with Dr Melissa Harris, who is funded by the Australian Research Council to undertake research in this area. The prospective candidate’s research will sit under the strategic program, Worldwide Wellness of Mothers and Babies (WWOMB) as part of the Priority Research Centre for Generational Health and Ageing [www.newcastle.edu.au/research-and-innovation/centre/gha/research/WWOMB].

Supervisor: Dr Melissa Harris

Available to: Domestic and International students

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Eligibility Criteria

The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

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 melissa.harris@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 31 March 2020.

Applications Close 31 March 2020


Contact Dr Melissa Harris
Phone 0422061455
Email melissa.harris@newcastle.edu.au

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