MRes/PhD Scholarship - An exploration of the use of immunotherapy in routine cancer care, using qualitative research methods

MRes/PhD Scholarship - An exploration of the use of immunotherapy in routine cancer care, using qualitative research methods

Scholarship program

MRes/PhD bundle or PhD only

Department

Australian Institute of Health Innovation (AIHI), Centre for Healthcare Resilience and Implementation Science, NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation Science in Oncology (CRE-ISO)

Project name

An exploration of the use of immunotherapy in routine cancer care, using qualitative research methods

Project description

Australia is a world leader in the provision of effective cancer care. We have maintained that position by consistently improving services. Increasing rates of cancer diagnosis and improving survival are putting pressure on services, and if Australia is to continue to deliver world-class cancer care, we need to further innovate at all levels, from basic science through to healthcare delivery.

The NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation Science in Oncology (CRE-ISO) is focused on healthcare delivery. CRE-ISO will study cancer services as delivered in two metropolitan Local Health Districts (LHDs) in New South Wales using both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

We are currently characterising the provision of cancer services by our two LHD partners, with a focus on multidisciplinary team care, patient experience and use of clinical guidelines. We are also interested in the understanding how clinicians are managing the emerging immunotherapy treatments, in routine care and in clinical trials, and the experiences of patients. What we learn will help us to design interventions to effectively and efficiently translate evidence into policy and practice, and to evaluate them.

Several scholarships are available through CRE-ISO, for projects using quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods.

Other important information

Supervision team:

  • Professor Jeffrey Braithwaite, Director (AIHI)
  • Dr Gaston Arnolda, Senior Research Fellow (CRE-ISO)
  • Dr Brona Nic Giolla Easpaig, Research Fellow (CRE-ISO)
  • Dr Yvonne Tran, Research Fellow (CRE-ISO)

Applicants interested in projects using qualitative methods should have fieldwork experience using one or more qualitative research methods or extensive experience in a healthcare context.

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

  • Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 followed by a 3-year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.

OR

  • Direct entry into a 3-year PhD program.

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES MRES” Year 2 full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

OR

  • Direct entry into a PhD: Tuition Fee Offset and “MQRES” full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually)

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application Form via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Contact name

Gaston Arnolda

Contact email

gaston.arnolda@mq.edu.au

Contact phone

(02) 9850 2411 or 0405 720 550

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