ACT Health Vacation Study Program

The ACT Health Vacation Study Program gives university students the chance to complete a 6 week research placement at Canberra Health Services or ACT Health.

The program builds the capacity of students to do high value research and aligns with the vision, mission and strategic objectives of Better Together: A strategic plan for research in the ACT health system.

Who can participate

The program is open to second, third, and fourth year students who are studying:

  • medicine
  • medical science
  • nursing and midwifery
  • allied health
  • health economics
  • epidemiology
  • biostatistics
  • value-based healthcare.

Key dates

  • Student applications close: 17 October 2022
  • Student onboarding: 31 October to 10 November 2022
  • Pre-placement workshop: 11 November 2022
  • Placements: Any 6-week period between 11 November 2022 and 10 February 2023 (to be negotiated between supervisor and student)
  • Final presentation session: 10 February 2023


Applications are being accepted for the following projects.

No. Project Researcher
1. The effects of multimodal prehabilitation interventions in patients affected by bladder cancer on physical, clinical and patient reported outcome measures:  A systematic review Prof Catherine Paterson 
A/Prof Ganes Pranavan
A/Prof Paul Craft
Prof Demond Yip 
Gillian Fraser
2. A systematic review of ecological momentary assessment tools for oncology cancers Prof Catherine Paterson 
Shayne Chau
3. Audit of outcomes of adolescent/young adults (AYA) as well as older patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia at Canberra Hospital Dr Maya Latimer
Dr Sam Bennett
4. Prognostic factors from symptoms at diagnosis of Sarcoma A/Prof Paul Craft
5. Novel inhibitors of the NLRP3 inflammasome – new ways to treat incurable chronic inflammatory diseases Dr Daniel Enosi
Dr Anukriti Mathur
Dr Dipti Talaulikar
6. Impact of COVID-19 on Emergency Medicine at Canberra Hospital Prof Drew Richardson
7. Scoping a Paediatric Emergency Medicine Unit Dr Jamie Lew
8. The DNA sensor cGAS holds the key to tackling bowel cancer Prof Si Ming Man
Dr Abhimanu Pandey
Prof Narci Teoh
9. Improving participation in healthcare for consumers with communication disorders through communication partner training (CPT) for health professionals (HPs) Chantal Harrison
Lisa Schmierer
10. Maternal body mass index and country of birth in relation to the adverse outcomes of large for gestational age and gestational diabetes mellitus in a retrospective cohort of Australian pregnant women Dr Cathy Knight-Agarwal
Prof Deborah Davis
11. Medication management during lactation Dr Alison Shield
Dr Lynn Cheong
Dr Marjorie Atchan
Prof Deborah Davis
12. Food insecurity in the ACT: Development of a research protocol to increase our understanding of the distribution of risk and protective factors for food insecurity in the Australian Capital Territory. Glenn Draper
13. Evaluation of a multicomponent post-diagnostic support program for people living with dementia and their carers Michelle Bennett
Dr Nathan M D’Cunha
14. Impact of climate change on health systems - a review of jurisdictional approaches Daniel Landon 
A/Prof Aparna Lal
15. Investigation of radiation dose and image quality characteristic of radiation medicine examinations for pulmonary embolism Donald McLean
16. Examining the effectiveness of Physiotherapy-Initiated Medication Standing Orders in the Emergency Department Katie Vine
17. Enabling self management for community care clients Emily Peelgrane
Tulene McCabe
Sarah Purcell
Leah Epistola
18. Post COVID Recovery clinic waitlist comparison data collection Michelle Bennett
Allison Maher
19. Positive behaviour plans – enablers and barriers to nursing leadership Sean Hambrook
Yu-Lung Chan
Chrysta Bridge
Kasia Bail
20. Minimally Invasive Surfactant Administration Strategies: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-Analysis Prof Abdel-Latif Mohamed
21. To analyse the outcome of borderline resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma patients treated with neoadjuvant therapy approach Dr Ankit Jain
22. Barriers to implementing supportive decision making in an acute hospital – qualitative study of clinicians perspectives Malith Ramasundara
Patrice Higgins

How to apply

Submit your project application form and current CV to by Monday 17 October.

You can apply for up to 4 projects, but can only complete one placement.

More information

For more information about the Vacation Study Program call 02 5124 4288 or email

Page last updated on: 30 Sep 2022