Research Students

Doing research in the medical humanities

The medical humanities is a broad and diverse field. We encourage research in all aspects and can find resources to support you and your project. Students in the medical humanities are currently undertaking research projects in: children’s concepts of dignity in health care; narrative approaches to dignity in health care; narrative approaches to understanding suicide; physician concepts of somatic disorders; and the history of intellectual disability. Students undertake research at Honours, Masters of Philosophy, PhD and postdoctoral level.

PhDs in Medical Humanities

The Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine is a uniquely supportive and dynamic department and an internationally prestigious location in which to undertake your PhD. Competition for entry is strong. This is in part because we invest a lot into our students and take care to position them well in a highly competitive academic job market. Our students are expected to produce high quality published research, undertake research methods training, and participate in the collaborative departmental community. We therefore require you to apply to us directly before applying to the University. You can find an application package here. Please contact us first to discuss your proposal. Our PhD students are strongly supported by expert supervisors and their peers throughout their candidature in the Department's engaged, encouraging, achievement-oriented and multidisciplinary environment.

Completed PhDs

Gillian Gates, Aesthetics for Visual Arts in Hospitals: A comparative case study between Balmain and Wyong Hospitals. March 2010.

Current PhD Students

Scott Fitzpatrick Composing Suicide: Narrative, Identity and Suicidal Behaviour
Louise Stone Assessing the patient with mixed emotional and physical symptoms: examining differences in clinical reasoning strategies and diagnostic frameworks between GP supervisors and registrars.
David Levy Investigating homeopathic decision making: understanding how homeopaths think, reason and make clinical decisions