Events and studies

Research Week 2015


Sydney Nursing School is offering up to 10 Summer Scholarships for the period of January and February 2016. Offers will be based on the applicant’s academic merit, strength of the application and the level of supervision offered by the project. Successful candidates will be expected to participate in an ongoing research project which will provide an opportunity to learn about research processes in nursing and midwifery, develop research skills, and encourage exploration into further research studies.

Summer Scholarship applications are open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate (BN post reg. and 2nd and 3rd year BN AS) or postgraduate coursework program in the Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery at the University of Sydney. Students who hold, or are currently enrolled in, an Honours, Master of Philosophy (MPhil), or a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree are not eligible to apply for this scholarship. International students are eligible to apply if they are currently enrolled and studying full-time in an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at Sydney Nursing School.

The Summer Scholarships are full-time (or equivalent), which is defined as 35 hours a week. The start and end times are to be negotiated between the Project Supervisor and the Summer Scholar prior to commencement. Summer Scholarships may commence from the 4th of January and conclude by the 1st of March 2016.

The Project Supervisor will have an academic affiliation with Sydney Nursing School. Projects will be carried out on a University of Sydney campus, affiliated research institute or hospital, or other location as approved by the Associate Dean (Research).

Summer Scholarship applications will be assessed by the Sydney Nursing School’s Research Support Unit, who will assess the applications on the basis of the academic merit of the applicant, answers to the application questions, the applicant’s CV, and their suitability for a project. The scholarships will be awarded by Sydney Nursing School based on these assessments and the number of applications received.

The scholarship may be terminated at any time if the research or conduct of the Summer Scholar is deemed to be unsatisfactory, or if ill-health seriously interferes with the research.

Scholarship holders will receive a stipend of $500 per week for a total of $2,000. The stipend will be paid in one installment upon completion of the program and completion of an evaluation survey by the Summer Scholar.

Applications must be submitted online no later than 5pm Monday the 5th of October 2015. The online application can be accessed at:

If you have any questions about the Summer Scholar Program or the application process, please contact the .

Research Week (29 June - 3 July 2015)

Research Week 2015 is fast approaching and the Research Support Team would like to invite you to participate in this annual research focused activity.

This year we have broadened our framing to include topics of interest to staff as well as Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidates and hope that you will be able to join us in some interesting keynote events; including Prof Sarah Szanton from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Dr Tseen Khoo (aka the Research Whisperer) from the Research Education and Development team at Latrobe University and a panel discussion on postdoctoral pathways and experiences. This year we are also making available places for staff (particularly Early Career Researchers) to participate in the “Joining the Grant Club” masterclass that Dr Khoo is offering on Wednesday July 1.

Registrations are now open and will close 5pm Friday 12 June 2015. For catering purposes; academic staff members, HDR candidates and visitors to the faculty are encouraged to register their attendance.

For further queries regarding the event, please contact the

The Choice Project

The Choice Project

Are you a family member, friend or relative of a person with dementia who died in the previous two years?

Researchers from the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University invite you to participate in an online survey. We are investigating the issues, challenges and processes of providing end of life care for people with dementia. The study will help us better understand the perspectives of family carers (including relatives, friends, neighbours or significant others) concerning the care of their relative or friend with dementia who wished to stay at home until the final stages of their life.

Interested in participating? More information with survey link on page 3

Contact or 02 9114 4084

The TARP Study

We offer you the opportunity to participate in the TARP Study (Triggered Acute Risk Prevention).
Why this study is important:

  • Heart Disease remains a major preventable cause of death and disability despite improved treatments.
  • A link has been identified between heart attack and stressors, such as heavy physical exertion, anger and anxiety, fatty and heavy meals, and respiratory infection
  • Providing cardiac protection during these stressful events has until now not been attempted.
  • This study attempts to see if we can lower cardiac risk, by providing medication at the time of these stressors. We have successfully finished 2 preliminary studies, and this study is the next step.
  • Eventually, this strategy could be a helpful addition to the usual daily medications that people take.

More information and contact information

Aged Care Reform: Advancing Quality in Dementia Care

This symposium (21 June 2013) gave us the opportunity to begin a dialogue about these government directions, so that we can start to examine policies, practices and research that will enable ground-breaking reform in aged care.

We invite you to revisit this stimulating debate through the keynote addresses and presentations from this significant event.