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Supporting Patients with Cancer and their Families: An Evaluation of the Cancer Council Tasmania Model of Supportive Care

Menzies Institute for Medical Research

Dr Jessica Roydhouse Thursday, May 13, 2021 Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
Hobart Australia Epidemiology Nursing & Health Pathology

About the Project

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, applicants are particularly encouraged from people already in Australia or those who are able to travel to Australia.

This project has been selected by the College of Health and Medicine as eligible for: Cancer Council Tasmania/Evelyn Pedersen Postgraduate Scholarship. A living allowance scholarship of $28,597pa (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years with no extension, will be considered for an outstanding applicant.

A diagnosis of cancer is an extremely stressful and challenging time for patients and families. Australian Cancer Councils aim to provide support to patients and families, including providing information, helplines and peer support programs. Supportive care is a critical component of cancer care and its timely provision can improve quality of life for patients and families at all stages of the cancer journey. Cancer Council Tasmania is unique within Australia in having an innovative supportive care model of care that is based on the Maggie's Centres approach of providing evidence-based supportive care for patients with cancer and their families. Understanding the impact of this model of care on patients, families and staff who provide care is important for expanding the evidence base around supportive care in cancer, and ultimately improving such care for Australians affected by cancer.

We therefore propose the following project, which has three aims. The first aim is to determine international and national best practice through a review of the literature on cancer models of care and models of support services in relevant settings. The second is an evaluation of Cancer Council Tasmania model of care design impacts for stakeholders and an evaluation of the use of the model. The focus in this approach is on maximising the participation of all stakeholders while minimising respondent burden. The techniques for this objective include photo elicitation, observation, and emotional touchpoints. The third is an assessment of barriers and enablers to the use of the model of care. The project be guided by an Experience Based Co-Design (EBCD) approach. EBCD is a collaborative approach that is user-oriented and will allow stakeholders (patients, families and staff) to contribute to any refinement of the model of care.

Application Process

Applicants who require more information or are interested in this specific project should first contact the listed Supervisor. Information and guidance on the application process can be found on the Apply Now website.

Information about scholarships is available on the Scholarships webpage.

Funding Notes

This project is supported by the Cancer Council Tasmania/Evelyn Pedersen Postgraduate Scholarship. A living allowance scholarship of Australian $28,597pa (2021 rate, indexed annually) for 3.5 years will be provided to the successful applicant. A full fee waiver will also be provided if the successful applicant is a full fee paying overseas student.

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