The University of Newcastle, Australia

Outback Quit Pack - A Cancer Risk Reduction Trial for Rural, Regional, and Remote (RRR) Smokers in NSW

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PhD Opportunity

A PhD opportunity is available to work on an exciting program of research that will examine a novel smoking cessation intervention to address high tobacco smoking rates among rural, regional, and remote Australians. This PhD will be supervised by Professor Billie Bonevski and Dr Eliza Skelton from the University of Newcastle.

Smoking Sunset

Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of most cancers and key contributor to lower survival rates among people residing in rural, regional, and remote areas. People living in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia also engage in other cancer risk behaviours including risky alcohol use, poorer nutrition, and physical inactivity, and there is limited research examining how best to address these behaviours. There are currently no quit smoking initiatives in Australia that specifically target RRR smokers.

Our study, the Outback Quit Pack is a novel intervention targeting people living in rural, regional, and remote New South Wales. Developed by Professor Bonevski, this intervention combines existing readily available quit supports to smokers (nicotine replacement therapy and telephone Quitline). The findings from this trial will inform a future Australian wide trial. If successful, the Outback Quit Pack may be a scalable intervention that can be implemented over large geographical areas. We are seeking a PhD student to join our team and be part of this Australian first trial. The broad aims of the PhD research will be:

  1. To describe current tobacco smoking and behavioural risk factors for individuals residing in rural, regional, and remote New South Wales
  2. To examine the impact of the outback quit pack on smoking cessation and mental health outcomes (anxiety, depression)
  3. To determine the facilitators and barriers to the Outback Quit Pack using a mix methods approach

The successful candidate can choose to base their research on one of the following research topics:

  • Option 1: Outback Quit Pack - A cancer risk reduction trial for Rural, Regional, and Remote (RRR) Smokers in New South Wales
  • Option 2: Improving the health and well-being of people who are tobacco smokers residing in rural, regional, and remote areas of New South Wales
  • Option 3: Examining the opportunity for multiple health behaviour change for people who smoke tobacco and reside in rural, regional, and remote areas of New South Wales.

This unique opportunity would suit an individual with a background or interest in health promotion, health psychology, public health, or implementation science.

PhD Opportunity details

Funding:

This PhD opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please apply to the relevant scholarship round.

Supervisor: Billie Bonevski and Eliza Skelton

Available to: Domestic students

PhD

Eligibility Criteria

  • Have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor with Honours Class 1 or Honours Class II, Division 1 or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training); or
  • Have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor in the University or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training), and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard recognised by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) as equivalent to at least Honours Class II, Division 1; or
  • In exceptional cases submit evidence of possessing such other academic or professional qualifications and/or experience as may be approved by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the relevant School; or
  • In the disciplines of education, medical physics, nursing, social work, social sciences and surgery have completed a minimum standard of professional experience as required by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the School;
  • An Australian honours degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division.
  • A working knowledge of smoking cessation, qualitative and quantitative research methods and behaviour change would be of benefit. In addition, the English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Language Policy.

Application Procedure

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

Please send the email expressing interest to Andrea.Windley@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 01 December 2020.

Applications Close 01 December 2020 Apply Now


Contact Andrea Windley
Phone +61 44 816 1768
Email Andrea.Windley@newcastle.edu.au

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