Mode
Internal

Study As
Full Time

Principal Supervisor
Dr Kate Gunn

Main Campus
City East

Applications Close
05 Feb 2023

Study Level
PhD or Masters by Research

Applications Open To
Domestic Candidate

Tuition Fees:
All domestic students are eligible for a fee waiver. International students who receive a stipend are eligible for a fee waiver. Find out more about fees and conditions.

Project Stipend:
$29,863 (Domestic Only)

About This Project

The objective of this project is to identify and develop resources addressing what is required to best support South Australians to access end-of-life (EOL) care that is preferred by and meaningful to patients and their carers who live in rural areas. This project will put the person (patient, family, carers) at the centre of the research, to identify palliative care needs and priorities, and to capture palliative care behaviours, experiences, and key moments that shape how and why patients and families from rural communities, make EOL decisions. This project will contribute to the improvement of access to and delivery of palliative care services in rural South Australia. In doing so, the research will serve to empower rural South Australians to access and navigate palliative care services and to have the practical skills needed to make EOL choices.

The project is part of the Palliative Care Research Collaboration (PCRC), which is a five-year Statewide project funded by The Hospital Research Foundation Group - Palliative Care. The program is aimed at improving access to and delivery of services for culturally and linguistically diverse communities, rural and remote areas, and those experiencing low socio-economic status, who are dealing with a life-limiting illness, to help them live as well as possible for as long as possible. This specific PhD project is focused on rural communities.

What you’ll do 

The successful candidate will develop an in-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, palliative care needs and priorities, and palliative care systems and practices in South Australia. The candidate will work closely with academics, patients and carers during the end of life, and palliative care supporters. The candidate will also be given the opportunity to participate in local and national conferences and submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals. This project will contribute to the improvement of access to and delivery of palliative care services in rural South Australia. In doing so, their work will empower rural South Australians to access and navigate healthcare services, as well as to have the practical skills needed to make EOL choices.

The project will involve a mixed methods approach and will allow the student to develop skills in consumer collaboration, intervention development (co-design), quantitative evaluation and qualitative interviewing and analysis.

Through this project you will gain qualitative, quantitative, co-design, literature review, ethics, project management and interpersonal skills. Due to the collaborative nature of this project, you will also establish connections with academics, industry experts, community organisations and patients at the end of life.

You will develop an in-depth knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods, rural patients palliative care needs and priorities, and palliative care systems and practices. You will work closely with passionate and experienced academics, patients at the end of life, palliative care and industry supporters, and will be given the opportunity to participate in local and national conferences (subject to travel and funding restrictions) and submit papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Where you’ll be based 

You will be based in UniSA’s Department of Rural Health within UniSAs Allied Health and Human Performance (AHHP) Unit at UniSA's City East campus.

Supervisory Team 

Financial Support

This project is funded for reasonable research expenses.  Additionally, a living allowance scholarship of $29,863 per annum, is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, and permanent residents of Australia, including permanent humanitarian visa holders.  Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicants will be eligible to receive an increased stipend rate of $46,653 per annum (2023 rates). A fee-offset or waiver for the standard term of the program is also included.  For full terms and benefits of the scholarship please refer to our scholarship information. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Eligibility and Selection 

This project is open to applications from Australian or New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents or permanent humanitarian visa holders. International applicants are not invited to apply at this time.

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for entrance into a Masters by Research or a PhD. Additionally, applicants must meet the projects selection criteria:
  • Degree in psychology, behavioural science, public health, allied health, health sciences or social sciences
  • Willingness to undertake some travel to rural areas
Applicants who can also demonstrate the following will be highly regarded:
  • Experience working with rural communities and/or people in palliative care settings
  • Knowledge and experience working with quantitative statistical programs such as SPSS, and qualitative or mixed methods
All applications that meet the eligibility and selection criteria will be considered for this project. A merit selection process will be used to determine the successful candidate.

The successful applicant is expected to study full-time and to be based at our City East campus in the heart of Adelaide.

Essential Dates 

Applicants are expected to start in a timely fashion upon receipt of an offer. Extended deferral periods are not available. Applications close on Applications close on Sunday, 5 February, 2023.

How to apply:

Applications must be lodged online, please note UniSA does not accept applications via email.

For further support see our step-by-step guide on how to apply , or contact the Graduate Research team on +61 8 8302 5880, option 1 or email us at research.admissions@unisa.edu.au. You will receive a response within one working day.

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