It’s election time again! Honestly, we have not had a new Prime Minister for ages in Australia. We sadly can’t have Jacinda Ardern, but there it is.
Dr Benjamin Thomas (@andiyarus) has been tweeting up a storm putting pressure on the powers-that-be and the powers-that-wannabe in advocating for #palliativecare patients in the upcoming election. He visited the @Palliverse to answer a few questions for us. Continue reading
Palliverse has heard about two PhD scholarships in the area of improving psychosocial support and education for people with cancer and their carers, at Curtin University in Perth, WA. Scholarships are available to health professionals (particularly nurses and radiation therapists). For more details see the Curtin University website.
The 2016 Victorian Cancer Agency funding round is currently open, with a number of schemes available that may be of interest to palliative care researchers:
- Translational research projects
- Clinical research fellowships
- Mid-career research fellowships
- Early career seed grants
- Supportive care scholarships (at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre)
Most of the applications close in August.
It’s a couple of years old now, but still good…. Here is the introduction to an article in the Conversation about how Australians need support to die at home. Should be mandatory reading for politicians and health service policy makers!
“The baby boomers are growing old and in the next 25 years the number of Australians who die each year will double. People want to die comfortably at home, supported by family and friends and effective services.
But more than half of Australians die in hospital and about a third die in residential care. Sometimes they have impersonal, lingering and lonely deaths; many feel disempowered.
Grattan Institute’s Dying Well report sets out how we can improve the quality of dying in Australia. With an investment of A$237 million, we can double the number of people who are supported to die at home – and the same amount could be released from institutional care spending to pay for it.”
I’d vote for it!
Read more here
Tell us about your job.
I am the program manager for the Palliative Care Research Network Victoria (PCRNV).
What does PCRNV do?
We try to gain funding to conduct clinical and community intervention research. The PCRNV also provides an opportunity to network and collaborate with other palliative care researchers through PCRNV forums and workshops.
We also help with access to a variety of PCRNV funding schemes including; PhD scholarship, small project and travel grants. There can be support with developing your research idea into a potential project and grant proposals via the PCRNV Concept Development Workshops and also mentoring.
But, it’s not right to do research on people who are dying, is it?
Got an interest in health care policy?
Check out the Harkness fellowship for a paid 12 month period in the USA for you and your family. It’s available to applicants from Australia and New Zealand (due by 8th Sept) and also Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (due in November).
You will probably need a Master’s degree or a PhD, or at least a bachelor’s degree plus applicable work experience.
They would like “a research proposal that falls within the scope of The Commonwealth Fund’s mission …… the Fund’s priority areas include: expanding access to affordable health insurance coverage; transforming the health care delivery system to improve patient outcomes and control costs through payment reform, primary care, and coordinated care systems, with a particular focus on the sickest and most vulnerable patients; learning from successful international delivery system innovation.”
Love that they are looking for “the kinds of game-changing ideas that can potentially disrupt the current health care system in positive ways.”
Applications for the Australian Association of Gerontology’s R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund are now open. “The aim of the R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund is to encourage good research particularly from newer researchers in the fields of ageing across all disciplines. The R M Gibson Scientific Research Fund will distribute $15,000 amongst three cutting edge research projects in 2015.”
For more information see the AAG website.
(Image by by Jeff Belmonte)
Dear members of the palliverse,
We have been informed of a new funding opportunity by the Improving Palliative Care through Clinical Trials (ImPaCCT) NSW network. Here are the details that they provided.
Palliative Care (Full-Time, $30,000 per annum for 3 years, Based in Sydney) focusing on sleep disturbance in community palliative care patients.
Research Masters or PhD Scholarship
The PCRNV will be offering a Masters or PhD scholarship in 2015 for Victorian students that are able to conduct high quality research into palliative care leading to immediate patient benefit.
The scholarship holder will be supported at his/her full salary for the duration of a full-time PhD (three years) or Masters (two years) to undertake research in palliative care. The successful applicant: will be enrolled as Masters or PhD candidate at a Victorian University; will have the majority of the research funded by the PCRNV completed within Victoria and; whom the Primary supervisor and applicant/student are based at a Victorian University (co-investigators and/or collaborators may work interstate or internationally).
The scholarship scheme is the result of a partnership between the Victorian Cancer Agency (VCA) and the PCRNV, and is designed to build research capacity in Victoria.
Stipends for the scholarship will be in line with NHMRC rates and are as followed: