Higher Degree Research Students

PhD group photo

Some of our HDR-students (left to right): Liz van Ekert, Andrea Smith, Kristen Pickles, Siun Gallagher, Jonnie Kennedy, Jane Williams, Lisa Parker

Our PhD and MPhil students are listed alphabetically by surname:

In the spotlight: Seamus Barker
Seamus Barker

Seamus Barker, 1st-year PhD Candidate

After working as a physiotherapist for over 10 years while concurrently completing a BA and an MPhil in English, Seamus wanted to combine these backgrounds into a research career. His aim is to use his clinical experience to prompt his research in Medical Humanities, and his Medical Humanities research to speak beyond its disciplinary boundaries, to clinical and scientific communities. In early 2016, Seamus is 6 months into his PhD. While engaged with the intrinsic interest of his topic, it is the collegial conversations and the unexpected directions they lead to that keep him inspired.
Seamus has presented at Monash University's Translating Pain conference, and he will shortly travel to Italy to present at the Broken Narratives and the Lived Body conference. Together with Dr Chris Mayes he has established a Social Theory, Health and Ethics reading group that meets fortnightly (please for details). He is also an active member in the Sydney Narrative Inquiry Research Group. In Semester 1, 2016 Seamus is assisting A/Prof Chris Jordens to teach the unit Philosophy of Medicine within the Bioethics program. Seamus's most recent media piece ”Perceptions of mental illness in the workplace: what's at stake?” appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Jan 27, 2016.

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Name

Enrolled Degree

Thesis Title/Topic

Supervisor/s

Mark ARNOLD

PhD

Placebo and nocebo in medicine and medical education 

Ian Kerridge, Cameron Stewart

Seamus BARKER

See 'Spotlight' above

PhD

What is at stake in the discrepancies between different accounts of pain: coming from pain sufferers, science and medicine? Or, mapping a relationship between (Foucauldian) discourse, narrative, and the human subject, via a study of pain

Claire Hooker, Chris Jordens, Lorimer Moseley (University of South Australia)

Paul BENNETT

PhD

Values in ENRICH, an arts-based clinical education program

Claire Hooker

Helen CROWTHER

PhD

Epidemiology, Ethics and the Experience of Patients with Haemoglobinopathies: Creation of an Evidence-base for the Establishment of a Comprehensive Haemoglobinopathy Service in Western Sydney, NSW

Ian Kerridge

Michelle DE’SOUSA

PhD

Pre-implantation Genetic Testing: A Comparative Analysis of the Regulatory Systems of Three Countries

Cameron Stewart,  Ian Kerridge

Lisa DIVE

MPhil

Exploring the implications of the ‘consumerist’ model of healthcare, the value of autonomy and shared decision making in the context of developments in personal genomics

Ainsley Newson, Angus Dawson

Gemma DYER

MPhil

The experience of survival following bone marrow transplantation in Australia

Ian Kerridge, Christopher Ward

Dave EARL

PhD

Help Us, Help Them. How Australian Parents Understood the Problem of Mental Retardation, and What They Did About It, 1945-1970

Warwick Anderson (associate supervisor)

Elizabeth van EKERT

See 'Spotlight' below

PhD

Doctors in Trouble

 

Claire Hooker, Ian Kerridge, Garry Walter and Cameron Stewart

Ryan ESSEX

PhD

Human Rights, Dual Loyalties and the Ethics: Healthcare Workers in Australian Immigration Detention

Chris Jordens

Anson FEHROSS

PhD

Valuing for Others: The Role of the Value Proxy in Substituted Decision Making

Chris Ryan, Sascha Callaghan and John McMillan (Otago, NZ)

Ronald FUNG

MPhil

The science, ethics and politics of contemporary xenotransplantation

Ian Kerridge, Cameron Stewart

Siun GALLAGHER

PhD

Coping with a competitive health system: learning experiences and tips for clinician lobbyists

Claire Hooker, David Isaacs

Narcyz GHINEA

PhD

Consumer influences on the pharmaceutical research agenda

Rick Day, Ian Kerridge

Lyn GILBERT

PhD

Is prevention of healthcare-associated infection doctors’ business? Ethics and politics of hospital infection control

Ian Kerridge, Julie Mooney-Somers

Marita HEFLER

PhD

A Natural History of Smoking Among a Cohort of Disadvantaged Young People Aged 14 to 24

Simon Chapman, Stacy Carter

Shivaughn HEM-LEE-FORSYTH

PhD

The Feminisation of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean: Professional women as silent players in the Carnival bacchanal

Cynthia Hunter,  Julie Mooney-Somers

Stephanie JOHNSON

PhD

A Philosophical Critique of Advance Care Planning in Cancer Care

Phyllis Butow, Martin Tattersall, Ian Kerridge

Jonnie KENNEDY

MPhil

Data Sharing, Consent and Altruism in Australian Genomics Research

Ainsley Newson, Wendy Lipworth

Samantha KILMORE

PhD

Made to Measure: Commercial Applications of Anthropometry in America and Australia, 1890 - 1960

Warwick Anderson

Ella KRIS

MPhil

Exploration of Torres Strait Island Spirituality in a Primary Care Space

Julie Mooney-Somers

In the Spotlight: Elizabeth van Ekert
Elizabeth van Ekert

Elizabeth van Ekert, 3rd-year PhD Candidate

Working as a senior investigator at the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, and later as a medico-legal risk adviser in medical indemnity, Elizabeth took a keen interest in why people formally complain about their health care. She also observed the impacts of regulatory processes on those complained about, particularly medical professionals. During this time, and to pursue her growing interest in the ethics of medical practice, she completed a Masters in Medical Humanities (2009). She was also instrumental in establishing a service for doctors suffering distress while they were subject of a complaint. While with the medical indemnity insurer, Elizabeth joined a University of Sydney team led by Professor Louise Nash in conducting a large national study on the psychological impact of complaints on doctors’ health and wellbeing. The results were so worrying that Elizabeth was determined to further her studies to understand what lies beneath the findings of this study and how this related to her own professional observations. - Elizabeth is now in the third year of her PhD, entitled Doctors in Trouble. She recently presented Is protecting the public harming doctors? at the Australasian Doctors Health Conference. Later this year, she will be guest speaker at the NSW Medico-Legal Society on Doctors and complaints: the hidden cost of protecting the public.
Elizabeth is a lay member of the Human Research Ethics Committee at Macquarie University, and a sociology tutor at the University of Sydney.

L-Z

David LEVY

PhD

Homeopathic Clinical Reasoning: An Interpretative Phenomenological Investigation

Claire Hooker, Ian Kerridge

Larissa LEWIS

PhD

Social Media and Adolescent Development 

Rachel Skinner, Julie Mooney-Somers, Rebecca Guy

Vincy LI

PhD

Reconceptualising Health Promotion: the Role of Values, Ethics and Evidence in Obesity Intervention

Stacy Carter, Lucie Rychetnik

Pamela MADDOCK

PhD

John J. Pershing and American Approaches to Venereal Disease

Warwick Anderson

Sandi MITCHELL

PhD

What are the personal, social and healthcare system factors affecting attendance at hepatitis clinical services for women living with HCV?

Julie Mooney- Somers, Carolyn Day, Vicky Bungay

Bronwen MORRELL

PhD

Animal Cures? A Critical Examination of the Use of Animal Parts and Products in Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines

Ian Kerridge, Wendy Lipworth, Rob Irvine, Chris Degeling

Jessica PACE

PhD

The ethics and politics of accelerated access to medicines, including coverage with evidence deveopment

Wendy Lipworth, Ian Kerridge, Sallie Pearson

Lisa PARKER

PhD

Understanding Developments and Controversies within Mammography Screening in Australia

Stacy Carter, Ian Kerridge 

Kristen PICKLES

PhD

Evaluating Prostate Cancer Screening: Context, Evidence, Values and Ethics

Stacy Carter, Lucie Rychetnik, Alex Barratt

Suzanne PLATER

See 'Spotlight' below

PhD

Are we serious yet? Improving higher education access, participation and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults from welfare-embedded populations

Julie Mooney-Somers, Jo Lander

Vikrant REDDY

PhD

From Creation to Destruction of Human Embryos: Ethical Decision-Making by Embryologists

Ainsley Newson, Chris Jordens

Linda SHEAHAN

PhD

Exploring the interface between physician assisted dying and palliative care: a voice at the table from within the context of best practice end of life care

Ian Kerridge (auxiliary supervisor), Boaz Schuluf, Helen Scicluna

Jindalae SKERMAN

PhD

Reclaiming childbirth: Choice, control and coercion in Australian maternity care

Ainsley Newson, Cameron Stewart

Andrea SMITH

PhD

Quitting smoking without assistance

Stacy Carter, Simon Chapman

Kathryn TICEHURST

PhD

Anthropology in ‘Mixed Race’ Aboriginal Communities in Australia, 1940–1965

Warwick Anderson

Cheryl TRAVERS

PhD

Front-line responders and animal owners during civil emergencies: assigning responsibility and accommodating vulnerability in managing animals in natural disasters.

Chris Degeling, Melanie Rock

Jane WILLIAMS

PhD

Evaluating Cervical Cancer Screening: Context, Evidence, Values and Ethics

Stacy Carter, Lucie Rychetnik, Alex Barratt

In the spotlight: Suzanne Plater
Suzanne Plater headshot

Suzanne Plater, 4th-year PhD Candidate

Before becoming the academic coordinator for the Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion at the Sydney School of Public Health, Suzanne worked in remote Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the Deadly Ears Health Promotion Coordinator. Working with older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taught Suzanne about their remarkable strengths and capabilities, and their determination to progress as individuals and to develop their families and communities. She also witnessed how they were often overlooked by governments, institutions and agencies in favour of their younger urban-based counterparts.
Suzanne decided to devote her PhD, which she commenced in 2013, to exploring what a university education means to mature-age Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people primarily from remote communities. She travelled more than 16,000 kms by road to collect data using Grounded Theory with an ethnographic element. In June 2016, she will retrace her journey and, with the help of her remote study participants, construct conceptual categories and commence building a theory. Suzanne has presented her work at various forums and written two papers from her PhD (one under review, one available as fulltext here). She is also co-authoring the book chapter, ‘Decolonising Grounded Theory’ with A/Prof Stacy Carter for a new edition of The Sage Handbook of Grounded Theory. Suzanne’s academic profile and contact details.



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