ACT Health Vacation Study Program

The ACT Health Directorate Centre for Health and Medical Research is now accepting student applications for the 2020-2021 ACT Health Vacation Study Program.

The ACT Health Vacation Study Program offers students the opportunity at the end of 2nd, 3rd and 4th year, to participate and gain experience in research in ACT Government based health research. The Centre is calling for applications from students who are studying one of the following disciplines:

  • Medicine
  • Medical Science
  • Nursing and Midwifery
  • Allied Health
  • Health Economics

The program provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable research skills which is an important part of university study. This program promotes development of research skills in students which is becoming increasingly important in health. 

Successful students will be paid a total of $2,500* for the six-week placement. This payment will be made as a lump sum upon completion of the program, after the student has met all reporting requirements (outlined below). All students and supervisors will be required to attend an online workshop on Friday 20 November, prior to placements commencing.

At the conclusion of the placement, the students will be required to submit a project report and give an online presentation on the project at a Vacation Study Program event on Friday 19 February 2021.

2020-2021 Projects

Applications are being accepted for the following projects:

  Project title  Department Supervisor
1 Exploring factors associated with breastfeeding initiation and practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women SYNERGY: Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre Marjorie Atchan
2 The role of occupational therapy in alcohol and drug withdrawal services: A scoping review  Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services Rebecca Phillips
3 Developing and maintaining professional identity when working in a non-profession specific mental health role: A scoping review Mental Health, Justice Health and Alcohol and Drug Services Rebecca Phillips
4 Wellbeing in the ACT – results of the ACT General Health Survey 2019 Epidemiology, ACT Health Directorate Glenn Draper
5 What are the unmet supportive care needs of people affected by kidney cancer: A rapid review SYNERGY: Nursing & Midwifery Research Centre Catherine Paterson
6 Optimal Cancer Care Pathway for People with High Grade Glioma Audit Project Cancer and Ambulatory Support Jutta Thwaites
7 Optimal Cancer Care Pathway for People with Melanoma Audit Project Cancer and Ambulatory Support  Jutta Thwaites
8 Simulation modelling to identify interventions to optimise clinical trials start-up times: a systems dynamics approach Clinical Trials Unit Walter Abhayaratna
9 Mortality rates and modes of death related to left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in those with preserved ejection fraction: a sub-study of the Canberra Heart Study Clinical Trials Unit Walter Abhayaratna
10 Data Analysis for Nurses and Midwives: Towards a Safer Culture Office of Professional Leadership and Education
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Office 
Louise Botha, Patrice Murray
11 Safewards - Collection and Analysis of Baseline Data  Office of Professional Leadership and Education
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Office
Louise Botha, Patrice Murray
12 Measuring Quality of Death in Canberra Health Services 2019  Palliative Care Toni Ashmore
13 The effect of childhood blood lipid levels on endothelial function during adolescence: The Lifestyle of Our Kids longitudinal cohort study Clinical Trials Unit Walter Abhayaratna
14 Outcomes and predictors of success from very low energy diets at Canberra Obesity Management Service CHS and Belconnen Community Health Centre Rebecca Matthews
15 Infant feeding during natural disasters: A systematic scoping review University of Canberra Midwifery Deborah Davis
16 Chemotherapy usage for treatment of sarcoma at The Canberra Hospital Medical Oncology Paul Craft
17 Active Recovery in Rehabilitation Environments UCPH Physiotherapy  Ros Stanton
18 Exploring Experiences in Rehabilitation Environments UCPH Physiotherapy Ros Stanton
19 Understanding how primary care providers test for gonococcal infections in the ACT Communicable Disease Control, Health Protection Services  Alex Marmor
20 Compare and contrast legislative frameworks for consent for clinical research involving patients who cannot consent for themselves. Centre for Health and Medical Research Ian Pieper

2020-2021 Student applications

To apply for a project, please submit a student application form and your current CV to preclinical.research@act.gov.au.

Closing date for submissions: COB Monday 2 November – late applications will not be accepted.

Important notes

  • If you wish to apply for more than one project, please complete a separate student application form for each project.
  • Successful students will be required to submit a satisfactory police check prior to commencing their placement. Police checks must be dated no more than three months prior to submission.
  • Successful students will also be required to complete ACT Health online essential education prior to commencing their placement.
  • Successful students are required to attend a compulsory workshop on Friday 20 November. 
  • At the conclusion of the placement, students are required to submit a project report and give a presentation on the project at a compulsory Vacation Study Program event on Friday 19 February 2021.

For more information

Direct enquiries to:

Cath Rollinson
Centre for Health and Medical Research
Level 6, Building 10 Canberra Hospital
Tel: (02) 5124 5257
Email: preclinical.research@act.gov.au

*Please note: In accordance with the provisions of Section 100(1) of the Electoral Act 1992, the ACT will hold a general election for the Legislative Assembly on Saturday, 17 October 2020. The caretaker period begins at 12:00am on 11 September 2020 and ends with the election of the Chief Minister on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly following the election. The continuation of the 2020-21 Vacation Study Program Scholarships following this general election is a decision for an incoming government. As a result, potential 2020-21 applicants are advised that it is possible this program may not proceed.
Page last updated on: 15 Oct 2020