Investigating integration of online psychological therapy into the cancer care context.

Summary

We are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program investigating integration of online psychological therapy into the cancer care context. 
An EOI can be submitted to Dr Joanne Shaw by email using contact details below. 
Dr Joanne Shaw  for more information.
This project is co-supervised by academic staff at PoCoG and/or other members of the ADAPT team as appropriate for the candidate’s background and experience.

Supervisor(s)

Dr Joanne Shaw, Professor Phyllis Butow, Dr Heather Shepherd

Research Location

School of Psychology

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) is a cross-disciplinary research group which aims to improve outcomes for people affected by cancer by developing and facilitating high quality, collaborative and clinically relevant research that focuses on interventions and services to optimise psychosocial and supportive care. 
PoCoG has recently developed a Clinical Pathway for the management of anxiety and depression in adults with cancer - the first of its kind internationally. The Anxiety and Depression Pathway Program (ADAPT), a 5 year program of research funded through a Translation Program Grant awarded by the Cancer Institute NSW is focused on implementation of this clinical pathway into routine cancer care and offers the opportunity for public health, clinical and health service sectors to work together to produce evidence on the most effective ways to implement a clinical pathway in Australian cancer services. Within the program PoCoG has developed an on-line transdiagnostic therapy program for anxiety and depression. Within this, ADAPT offers opportunities to explore implementation of online therapy from a health services research perspective. Possible areas of research include: identifying different delivery models to maximise patient uptake and continued engagement with the program; explore health professional attitudes to different delivery models and define potential strategies to successfully implement online therapy into cancer services.

Additional Information

Requirements: 

  • Minimum qualifications: Honours (1 or 2A) or Master’s Degree in, health or social sciences, psychology public health, medicine, nursing or other related field. 
  • Applicants must be Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens. 

In addition to the academic requirements set out in the Science Postgraduate Handbook, you may be required to satisfy a number of inherent requirements to complete this degree. Example of inherent requirement may include:
  • Confidential disclosure and registration of a disability that may hinder your performance in your degree;
  • Confidential disclosure of a pre-existing or current medical condition that may hinder your performance in your degree (e.g. heart disease, pace-maker, significant immune suppression, diabetes, vertigo, etc.);
  • Ability to perform independently and/or with minimal supervision; Ability to undertake certain physical tasks (e.g. heavy lifting);
  • Ability to undertake observatory, sensory and communication tasks;
  • Ability to spend time at remote sites (e.g. One Tree Island, Narrabri and Camden);
  • Ability to work in confined spaces or at heights;
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery (e.g. farming equipment);
  • Hold or acquire an Australian driver’s licence;
  • Hold a current scuba diving license;
  • Hold a current Working with Children Check;
  • Meet initial and ongoing immunisation requirements (e.g. Q-Fever, Vaccinia virus, Hepatitis, etc.)
You must consult with your nominated supervisor regarding any identified inherent requirements before completing your application.

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Keywords

psycho-oncology, cancer care, online therapy, Models of care

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2503

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