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Looking for PhD students

Posted by Nadine Kasparian on 2 December 2013
Call for expressions of interest for PhD students who would like to research psychological aspects of paediatric heart disease.

The Heart Centre for Children at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, in collaboration with the Australia and New Zealand Fontan Registry and Sydney Children’s Hospital, is seeking Expressions of Interest from individuals interested in completing a PhD in childhood heart disease research, specifically in the areas of psychology and quality of life. The full-time PhD would begin in March 2014, and be completed within 3 years with the support of an expert multidisciplinary team.

EOI's should highlight the academic and/or clinical quality of the applicant and need not be accompanied by a project plan. However, if the applicant would like to suggest a particular project that is aimed at extending or translating evidence-based care for infants, children and young people diagnosed with heart disease and their families, this is also invited. The Heart Centre for Children has a number of projects which would be available for PhD students to undertake should they express a passion for this area. Examples of these include:
• Developing nationally-based models for the assessment of quality of life in children and young people with heart disease;
• Developing models for the effective transition of Fontan patients from paediatric to adult specialist health services;
• Addressing the mental health, information and support needs of families of children with heart disease.

How to apply:
Please send a cover letter and CV to Dr Nadine Kasparian, Head of Psychological Care at the Heart Centre for Children: n.kasparian[at] 
Applications demonstrating excellent academic track records or equivalent clinical experience will be given priority. Applications will be assessed based on their merit and the feasibility of the candidate to complete the PhD on schedule.

Due date: 16 December 2013
For more information about the Heart Centre for Children and our research program, please click here.
Author: Nadine Kasparian
About: As the Head of Psychological Care and Research, Nadine is engaged in helping patients and families through what is often a very difficult time, and also leads a number of research projects.
Tags: Research
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