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Allyson Agnew (PhD candidate)

Advisors:  Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Dr Rebecca Evans

Medical Education in the 21st Century

Emma Anderson (PhD candidate)

Advisors:  Dr Robin Ray, Professor Sarah Larkins

Planning the right care at the right time - aged care

Louise Brown (PhD candidate)

Advisors:  Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Associate Professor Debra Miles

Cultural and pedagogically appropriate clinical education in different professions and different cultures

Alex Edelman (PhD candidate)

Advisors: Dr Stephanie Topp, Dr Judy Taylor, Dr Pavel Ovseiko and Professor Sarah Larkins (Advisor Mentor)

The role of academic health centres in improving health equity: a multi-centre cross-country comparative study

Despite the increasing spread of academic health centres (AHCs) as new health system structures worldwide and substantial interest in their health equity role, little is known about the capacity of AHCs to contribute to health equity goals. This research aims improve the quality of the evidence base on the health equity role of AHCs by empirically examining how AHCs are addressing, or are positioned to address, unjust and unfair health disparities and their determinants. This research responds to a growing global focus on health equity as a key measure of health system performance.

Catriona Felton Busch (PhD candidate)

Advisor:  Professor Sarah Larkins

What do the birthing experiences of three generations of Mornington Island women reveal about their aspirations regarding birthing on country.

Elizabeth Gumbaketi (PhD candidate)

Advisor:  Associate Professor Ronny Gunnarrsson

Investigation of "menstruation knowledge" and "attitudes towards menstruation", and feeling of preparation for menarche among early female adolescents in the rural and urban settings of Melanesian societies of Torres Strait Island in Australia and Papua New Guinea

Susan Ireland (PhD candidate)

Advisors:  Dr Robin Ray, Professor Sarah Larkins, Dr Lynn Woodward

Decision making processes for the resusicitation of the baby at the verge of viability

Karen Johnston (PhD candidate)

Dementia in Fiji: Perspectives of people with dementia, caregiver, service providers and community

Achamma Joseph (PhD candidate)

Advisor:  Professor Sarah Larkins

Is there a role for L-Arginine supplementation in the treatment of diabetic foot ulcers in a north Queensland community diabetes clinic?

Dan Lowrie (PhD candidate)

Advisors:  Dr Robin Ray, Professor Matthew Yau, Professor David Plummer

What does “health” mean in palliative care? An examination on the concept of health among people with life limiting illness and those who care for them

Clement Manineng (PhD candidate)

Advisors: Professor John McBride, Dr. David MacLaren, Professor Reinhold Muller.

Integrating safe circumcision for HIV prevention at male initiation ceremonies in Yangoru-Sausia, Papua New Guinea.

Traditional male initiation ceremonies often involve foreskin cutting and other penile modification to signify transition from boy to man. In Papua New Guinea, the East Sepik Provincial HIV Response team is introducing medical male circumcision into initiation ceremonies in Yangoru-Sausia to avert adverse events and for HIV prevention. However, it is unclear what local people think about the involvement of health workers at sacred ceremonies. Likewise, the health standards and medium term impact of the modified ceremony are unknown. Clement's study will investigate the acceptability and feasibility of integrating medical male circumcision into traditional initiation ceremonies in Yangoru-Sausia, Papua New Guinea.

Julie Mudd (PhD candidate)

Advisors: Professor Sarah Larkins, Associate Professor Kerrianne Watt

Managing co-morbid chronic disease and excess alcohol consumption.  Investigating the impact of alcohol consumption in excess of guideline recommendations on individuals with chronic disease in terms of disease progression and health service utilisation.  This is intended to improve our understanding of how this challenging combination is currently managed and how both patients and practitioners can be better supported in the future.

Lorraine Muller (PhD candidate)

Advisors:  Professor Sarah Larkins

Shifting the lens: Indigenous research in mainstream Australian culture

Heather Mumme (PhD candidate)

Advisor:  Professor Sarah Larkins

Staff turnovers of remote health professionals: Impact and community perspectives

Ekta Paw (PhD candidate)

Advisors: Dr Venkat Vangaveti, Dr Mark Zonta, Professor Clare Heal, A/Prof Ronny Gunnarsson

Fibrin glue in skin grafts for skin cancer

Fibrin glue is a biological glue used in surgery for stopping bleeding and to adhere surfaces together. It may be better than sutures or staples for skin cancer excisions so this study will compare the two.

Roy Rasalam (PhD candidate)

Advisors: Professor Sarah Larkins,

Associate Professor Usman Malabu, Dr Venkat Vangaveti

Effect of topical sodium thiosulphate on healing chronic foot ulcers in patients with diabetic foot syndrome: A prospective, randomised, double blind, placebo controlled pilot study.

Simone Ross (PhD candidate)

Teaching leadership skills to medical students: Are we transformative yet?

Advisors: Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Dr Peter Johnson

The project aims to evaluate the training, assessment and impact of undergraduate medical leadership curricula in Australia.

The first step is a case study series across Australian medical schools to identify current and best practice medical leadership teaching and assessment frameworks, and factors and experiences that help create student and graduate leaders.

The second step is the development of a medical leadership curriculum to be taught to year six JCU MBBS students. The intervention will be evaluated via a four year study to determine if and when graduates developed patient quality or health service improvement, and/or are identified by others as leaders.

Paul Welch (PhD candidate)

Advisors: Professor Frances Quirk, Professor Sarah Larkins, Professor Tarun Sen Gupta, Dr Rebecca Evans