Deakin – Copenhagen(SUND) - Diabetes in breast cancer treatment

Applications now open. A joint PhD scholarship with Deakin University and the University of Copenhagen is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic ‘Diabetes in breast cancer treatment'

Project Supervisor

Location

Melbourne Burwood Campus and University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), Denmark

Research topic

This is a joint doctoral PhD program project between Deakin University (Australia) and the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), Denmark.

The successful PhD Student will be awarded a scholarship from Deakin University with the supervision team being drawn from Deakin University and SUND. The PhD Student will graduate with jointly badged, jointly awarded single testamur recognising that the program was carried out as part of a jointly supervised doctoral PhD program. The program is for a duration of 3 years.

The PhD Student is anticipated to spend between 6 to 12 months of the total period of the program at SUND, with the remainder of the program based at Deakin University.

Diabetes has been correlated with an increased risk of developing various forms of cancer, including breast cancer. Whilst research into the links between diabetes and cancer occurrence is vast, little is known about the experiences of women with diabetes who are undergoing breast cancer treatment. The aim of this project is to address this evidence gap by investigating the experiences women with diabetes and breast cancer treatment have, in order to inform health service delivery. The studies included in this mixed-method project include;
(a) a systematic literature review of women with diabetes’ experiences during breast cancer treatment
(b) consultation with women with diabetes who are undergoing breast cancer treatment
(c) survey of women with breast cancer and
(d) development of procedures to support health service delivery for women with diabetes and breast cancer.

Project aim

The aim of this research is to inform the health service delivery for women with diabetes undergoing breast cancer treatment.

The research has the following components:

  1. A systematic review, to understand the experiences and perceptions of women with diabetes who are undergoing breast cancer treatment and gaps in service delivery
  2. Consultation with women with diabetes who are undergoing or have undergone treatment for breast cancer, to understand the impact and their experiences and perceptions of care
  3. National survey of women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer to identify associated rates of diabetes, age, and breast cancer stage at diagnosis
  4. Development of guidelines/procedures to support improved health service delivery to women with diabetes and breast cancer

Important dates

Applications will remain open until a candidate has been appointed


Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.

Benefits

This scholarship is supported by Deakin University, is available over 3 years and includes:

  • Stipend of $A30,000 per annum tax exempt (2023 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $A500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • Full Tuition Fee Waiver for up to 4 years
  • Funding to support travel of PhD Student between Deakin University and SUND including funds towards flights, visas and an additional top-up allowance from Deakin.
  • International students only:  Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa (including duration at SUND).

Note: Additional funding support from SUND is available to students for the part of the stay at SUND.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • meet the PhD entry requirements of both Deakin University and the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), including:
    • English language proficiency requirements
    • a Masters degree (2 years) in a relevant subject area, with overall mark at minimum 80%
  • be enrolling full-time and or part-time
  • be able to physically locate to both the University of Copenhagen Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND) (Denmark) and Deakin University (Australia)

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Applicants should contact Prof Bodil Rasmussen to discuss the project before being invited to lodge a formal HDR application to Deakin.

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The successful applicant will also be required to lodge a separate PhD application to SUND via the Submit your Phd Application page including an extensively prepared project proposal.

Please be aware that screening for this advert will commence immediately and the scholarship may be awarded prior to the closing date.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Prof Bodil Rasmussen or Dr Sara Holton

Prof Bodil Rasmussen
Chair In Nursing (Western Health)
Email Bodil Rasmussen
0466 395 623