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Suresh Joshi is a full-time PhD candidate at our ADRI Waterfront Campus, recently awarded a bursary for Young Researchers on Sexuality, to attend the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health. He is in his first year of his PhD candidature, which was confirmed in June this year. Before joining ADRI, he completed a masters degree in Public Health at the University of Aberdeen in the UK.
Can you tell us a bit about your PhD research?
My PhD research is part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) discovery-project 2012; "Investigating the dynamics of migration and health in Australia: A Longitudinal study". The principal investigator for this project is Associate Professor Santosh Jatrana, who belongs to the Sustainable Communities and Regions cluster at ADRI.
My PhD research aims to understand the trajectories in immigrant's health behaviour in Australia. Specifically, the objective of this research is to explore the changes in smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity behaviours of foreign-born people over time as compared to native-born people in Australia. Additionally, the objective of my PhD research is also to determine the impact of change in health behaviour on subsequent change in health status among both foreign-born and native-born Australians. In Australia, longitudinal research evidence on the relationship between migration and health are limited. In this study, I will be utilising already collected longitudinal data from Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey. Advanced longitudinal techniques will be used to determine the trajectories in health behaviours and health of immigrants as well as native-born Australians.
How did you get into this field?
I obtained my undergraduate degree from Nepal and postgraduate degree from University of Aberdeen, UK. During both of these programmes of study, Public Health, Epidemiology, Sociology and Health Services Research were the core components. Particularly, my masters degree project was a cross-sectional survey among a sample of Nepalese migrants. My study was designed to assess the health risks of Nepalese migrants working in Gulf countries. I have published a few peer-reviewed journal articles on immigrant’s health based on my master’s thesis. Having previous research experience on the migrant’s health issues, it encouraged me to further expand my knowledge and understanding on migration and health. Particularly, my interest in longitudinal study design to determine the health of immigrants stimulated me to join Deakin University as a PhD researcher.
What's it like working at ADRI?
I am confident that the inter-disciplinary nature of ADRI staff members will surely prove to be helpful in widening my understanding of appropriate theoretical issues related to migration and health. Both the interest and commitment to social science research at ADRI provides a fresh and sensational environment for work and study.
So thanks to the bursary, you are off to Brazil?
Yes, I have been offered an award as a Young Researcher on Sexuality for the 21st World Congress for Sexual Health by the World Association for Sexual Health (WAS). The congress is going to be held in Porto Alegre, Brazil from 21-24 September 2013. WAS has facilitated sexual health through education, health promotion and networking for three decades, with biennial congresses held in different regions of the world. This conference will also be organising a series of symposium and workshops on Sexual Health.
The award was decided based on the abstract and application submitted to the scientific committee of this conference. The accepted abstract is also about the migrant’s health issue, which, though based on my MSc thesis, is also related to my current PhD research. The title of the research abstract is: "HIV/AIDS Knowledge and Risk Perceptions Among Nepalese Migrant Workers in Gulf Countries". The award will be provided after formally presenting my research at the WAS conference in September, 2013.
One important outcome of this conference for me is that the abstracts will be published as a proceedings in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, which is an A* journal.
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