Positions Vacant

PhD opportunity in cancer screening in solid organ transplant recipients

Identification, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-based interventions to improve cancer screening uptake in solid organ transplant recipients

Transplantation is the best treatment option for acceptable candidates with organ failure because it improves the quality of life and overall survival for patients. Transplant recipients are now living longer with steady improvements in life expectancy, largely attributed to a reduction in cardiovascular and infection-related mortality. However, patients require life-long immunosuppression to maintain optimal allograft function. One of the most feared complications associated with immunosuppression is cancer. Effective strategies for advanced stage cancer are limited. Early detection through screening is a key to reduce the burden of cancer. Despite the increased risk and cancer mortality, screening uptake is low among transplant recipients.
The primary aim of this program of work is to identify, evaluate, and implement evidence-based interventions to improve cancer screening uptake in solid organ transplant recipients.  The research is being conducted in partnership between the Westmead Hospital and University of Sydney, NSW and Flinders University, SA and will have direct translational impact improving health care and outcomes.
The PhD candidate will develop skills in conducting implementation research, clinical epidemiological, health economics, biostatistics and qualitative research. The student will have opportunity to collaborate with health services, clinicians and consumers as part of their academic program.

 About you
The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at University of Sydney/Flinders University involves consideration of the academic merit and research background of the candidate

  • Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.

  • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a Bachelor degree with honours or a Master’s degree in any of the following disciplines: medicine, public health, health sciences, social sciences.

 About the scholarship
Annual stipend of $45,000 tax-free for a period of up to three years of full-time study.

Expression of interest

All expression of interests must be submitted to Professors Germaine Wong ([email protected]), Billie Bonevski ([email protected]) and Associate Professor Annabelle Wilson ([email protected]).

The expression of interest must contain a statement addressing your suitability for the project/scholarship, and includes the following:

•            Evidence that you have completed a program with the required grades as detailed in the about you section
•            A curriculum vitae (CV)
•            Names of two referees

The closing date is 31st August 2022

EOI for ANZDATA Working Groups

Expression of Interest Overview

Members of the Nephrology community are invited to join ANZDATA Working Group vacancies through the Expression of Interest process The Working Group has a role in providing advice to further develop registry operations, activities, and outputs, including;

* Direction of data collection

* Assessment of data requests

* Generation of research ideas/data analysis/publication and presentations

* Assistance with relevant annual report chapter(s).

Membership Opportunities

General members are selected to provide a range of skills including leadership, sub-specialty expertise, registry data analysis and teamwork with the aim of ANZDATA-based research to maximise the scientific output of ANZDATA, and to continually review the scientific basis of data collection.

Advanced trainees or Early Career Researchers are selected based on demonstrated data analysis skills and (ii) current involvement in ANZDATA projects with a Letter of support from the RACP supervisor or Head of Unit.

Email enquiries to [email protected]

Working groups with vacancies

•            Aotearoa NZ WG are seeking two Advanced Trainees  (https://www.anzdata.org.au/anzdata/about/working-groups/aotearoa-new-zealand-working-group/)

•            Peritoneal Dialysis WG are seeking a General Member and an Advanced Trainee (https://www.anzdata.org.au/anzdata/about/working-groups/peritoneal-dialysis-working-group/)

•            Paediatric WG are seeking an Advanced Trainee (https://www.anzdata.org.au/anzdata/about/working-groups/paediatric/)

 Expressions of interest should be forwarded as:

1. Brief cover letter that includes which committee/working group you are expressing interest to join.

2. CV

3. Email to [email protected]