PhD Research opportunity November 2016

The Royal Women’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital are seeking a PhD student to join their team on a project focussed on The Impact of Infant Cardiac Surgery on Infants and Parents.

Congenital heart disease is a potentially serious abnormality affecting approximately 8 in every 1000 infants born in Australia. It occurs across the socio-economic spectrum with severity ranging from self-correcting minor defects to life threatening lesions requiring prolonged treatment and multiple surgical procedures. As mortality has reduced attention is increasingly focused on factors which influence child and family adaptation to living with a heart condition.

Data collection has already been completed for this study. Families completed a questionnaire and interview one month after their infant's discharge from hospital following cardiac surgery and a sub set of families were followed up one year later.  The aims of the initial study were to examine the impact of infant cardiac surgery on infants and parents and to identify risk and protective factors in subsequent adjustment. This information is important as it can (i) contribute to the development of evidence based protocols for clinical management of infants with congenital heart disease and their families and (ii) inform therapeutic interventions aimed at reducing psychosocial morbidity in "at risk" children and their families.

We are looking for a PhD student to join our friendly team who enjoys working with data and who would be interested in completing the data analysis and publishing papers. There is both qualitative and quantitative data available at two time points.

Supervisors: A/Prof Brigid Jordan and Dr Candice Franich-Ray, Royal Children’s Hospital, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, The University of Melbourne

Please contact Dr Candice Franich-Ray for more information

Contact Dr Candice Franich-Ray