Lynch syndrome (LS) is an inherited cancer syndrome which significantly increases a carrier's lifetime risk of several cancers, most notably colorectal cancer (CRC). Recent Australian data has shown that up to 54% of CRC patients with suspicious LS phenotypes were not referred for genetic testing. Evidence indicates that hospitals and patients face a plethora of infrastructure, psychosocial and environmental barriers to detecting LS patients.
As part of a large Cancer Council NSW research program, this project will investigate both qualitative and quantitative perspectives of individuals with LS throughout their patient journey, which may include genetics referral, screening, disease detection, treatment and/or surveillance.
This will be a mixed methods PhD project and may consist of the following components:
The host unit for this research opportunity is Cancer Council NSW.
Applicants should have an academic background in epidemiology, public or population health, health sciences, psychology, behavioural science, health economics, or a related discipline. A bachelor's degree with first-class honours (including a research component equating to one full time semester of study), or equivalent research experience, with publications in refereed journals is highly desirable.
A PhD stipend of AU $30,000 per year, tax free, is currently available for three years from Semester 1, 2018. An additional $2,500 funding to support research activities will be available each year. Candidates must be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia or New Zealand. The research will be carried out at Cancer Council NSW. The successful candidate must also fulfil the entry requirements for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Sydney.
Please see https://www.cancercouncil.com.au/job/three-phd-scholarships-aud-30000-per-year-tax-free-plus-2500-research-support-three-year-funding/ for details on how to apply or contact Dr Natalie Taylor - Natalie.Taylor@nswcc.org.au
The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is 2324