Honours projects

These are the current honours projects offered in the College of Medicine and Public Health, and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.

If you are interested in another area of research for which a project is not listed, contact a member of staff directly.

 

Medicine and Public Health

 

Discipline / Area

Supervisor

Project

Location

Anatomy & Histology Dr Duncan Matusica Role of p75NTR proteolysis in Motor Neuron cell death (PDF 112KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Anatomy & Histology Assoc Prof Karin Nordstrom What multi-modal factors attract wild pollinators to their food sources (flowers)? (PDF 126KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Anatomy & Histology Assoc Prof Karin Nordstrom What multi-modal factors attract wild pollinators to their food sources (flowers)? (b) (PDF 126KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Anatomy & Histology Assoc Prof Karin Nordstrom Neural mechanisms underlying motion vision (PDF 126KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Centre for Neuroscience Dr Cedric Bardy Neuroscience: Various Projects (PDF 101KB)

SAHMRI

North Terrace

Centre for Neuroscience Dr Christine Barry & Prof Rainer Haberberger Innervation changes in response to inflammation (PDF 190KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Centre for Neuroscience Assoc Prof Stuart Brierley Neuroscience, Gastroenterology, Urology, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology (PDF 233KB)  

SAHMRI

North Terrace
Flinders Centre for Cancer Innovation Assoc Prof David Lynn Microbiome research, early life immunity, vaccine non-specific effects, cancer immunotherapy, bioinformatics/systems biology (PDF 48KB)  

SAHMRI

North Terrace

Flinders Centre for Cancer Innovation Assoc Prof Michael Sorich Precision Medicine, Biomarkers, Pharmacology, Oncology, Clinical Epidemiology (PDF 89KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Flinders Centre for Cancer Innovation Assoc Prof Janni Petersen Environmental control of cell growth and cell division: relevance to cancer (PDF 79KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Health & Exercise Science Dr Jessie Gunson Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive advice and prescription in hospital settings: Health Care Professionals’ perspectives (PDF 85KB) Bedford Park
Human Physiology Dr Mary-Louise Rogers A blood based biomarker for motor neuron disease (PDF 97KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Human Physiology Dr Yoichiro Otsuka Brain science, Autonomic Neuroscience: Brain mechanisms linking emotional state to physiological function (PDF 112KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Lung Injury Assoc Prof Dani Dixon Assessment of the acute immunological effects of clinically relevant radiation doses in the lung (PDF 66KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

 Medicine Assoc Prof Peter Catchside Mechanisms and consequences of sleep breathing disorders and other problems of sleep (PDF 70KB) AISH Sleep       Laboratory
Medical Biochemistry Assoc Prof Briony Forbes Understanding the mechanisms underlying insulin receptor and IGF-1R activation and signalling in diabetes and cancer (PDF 111KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Medical Biochemistry Dr Amy Wyatt Biochemistry and Cell Biology (PDF 58KB)

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Medical Biotechnology Assoc Prof Munish Puri Delivery of therapeutic protein(s) to the diseased cells (PDF 71KB)

Bedford Park

Health Sciences Building

Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Assoc Prof Jill Carr Interaction of viruses with the host cell: dengue and zika virus (PDF 98KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Molecular & Cellular Physiology Lab Prof Damien Keating A single gene target to eliminate diabetes and obesity (PDF 89KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Molecular & Cellular Physiology Lab Prof Damien Keating Controlling chemical release from cells (PDF 122KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Molecular & Cellular Physiology Lab Prof Damien Keating The role of gut endocrine cells in metabolism and diabetes (PDF 74KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Molecular & Cellular Physiology Lab Prof Damien Keating The gut microbiome control of metabolism and obesity (PDF 74KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

 Molecular Ophthalmology Dr Shiwani Sharma Investigation of oxidative stress generation in the eye lens for development of cataract prevention strategies (PDF 63KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Ophthalmology, Eye & Vision Research Prof Justine Smith Infections and Inflammations of the Eye (PDF 80KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Paramedics Dr Shohreh Majd The role of mitochondrial dysfunction and oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s disease’s pathology (PDF 95KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Pharmacology Dr Robyn Meech Muscle stem cell function & Cancer and cancer stem cell biology. (PDF 76KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

Public Health Prof Paul Ward Understanding parental (mis)trust in childhood vaccinations (PDF 69KB)  

Bedford Park

Health Sciences Building

Public Health Prof Paul Ward Understanding community views against water fluoridation (PDF 82KB)  

Bedford Park

Health Sciences Building
Rural Health Dr David Lim Better access to clinical management for sexually transmitted infections and blood-borne viruses for Aboriginal people living in rural Australia (PDF 42KB) Multiple locations
Surgery Dr Trish MacFarlane & Assoc Prof Nicola Spurrier Improving hearing and speech and language outcomes for young children with middle ear disease (PDF 75KB)  

Bedford Park

Flinders Medical Centre

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Nursing & Midwifery

 

Discipline / Area

Supervisor

Project

Location

Nursing

Mental Health Research Team

 Muir-Cochrane, Professor Eimear

 

The Mental Health Research team has a number of projects ready to go: 

1. Analysis of code blacks (calls for aggression) across Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

2. Examination of clinical deterioration and associated challenging behaviours  in general units

3. Use of medications with patients with behaviours of concern (aggression and violence) in general units

4. The use of medications to control behaviours of concern and the risk of delirium    

 

There are also two SAHMRI projects available with an opportunity to apply for a small Honorarium.

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus

Nursing Abigail, Dr Wendy
  • Nurses experiences of working in the area to pregnancy termination
  • Medical termination of pregnancy: women’s experiences in South Australia
  • Students perspectives of tutors use of creative teaching strategies in the classroom
  • Women’s health screening in the nomad population: issues encountered by health professionals

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing Anikeeva, Dr Olga  
  • Disaster preparedness, response and recovery
  • Migrant health
  • Mass gathering health

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing Bell, Mrs Elaine
  • Inter-professional Learning
  • Veteran's health
  • Organisational Culture
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social learning theory

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing, Educational Scholarship Button, Ms Didy
  • Clinical learning
  • E-learning
  • Simulation
  • Professional development
  • Patient education
  • Learning technology
  • Health literacy
  • Information literacy

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing  Chamberlain, Dr Di  
  • Recognising sepsis early
  • Resuscitation pathways sepsis
  • Nutrition in the critically ill
  • Acute care clinical epidemiology
  • Workforce and resilience
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus

Nursing

Health Care for the Older Person

 De Bellis, Dr Anita  
  • Aged care
  • Dementia care
  • End of life care
  • across various settings and countries.
  • Qualitative methodology, mixed methods and descriptive statistics
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 Nursing  Gebbie, Dr Kristine  
  • Public health (all aspects)
  • Health policy
  • Disaster and emergency preparedness and response, including resilience
  • Development, testing and use of competencies to guide education

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Nursing

Gerace, Dr Adam

 

Empathy and self-reflection, perspective taking, acute in-patient psychiatric care, quantitative and qualitative methods.  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

 Nursing,

acute care

Giles, Dr Tracey
  • End-of-life care in the ED/acute care
  • Family presence during resuscitation and other acute care contexts
  • Consumer participation in health care
  • Management and prevention of CVD
  • Qualitative research methodology – particularly grounded theory

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing Hammad, Dr Karen

Disaster healthcare, emergency nursing, qualitative, phenomenology.

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 

Nursing

Health Care for the Older Person

Harrington, Associate Professor Ann  
  • Palliative Care
  • Spiritual care
  • Qualitative approaches
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 Nursing  Hill, Ms Pauline  
  • Diabetes Care & Education
  • Patient Education, Teaching & Learning, Health Professional roles, Rural Health Care
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing Kako, Dr Mayumi

Disaster health, recovery psychological support and community, vulnerable population and disaster risk reduction, best practice of evacuation centre, simulation in health professional education.

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus

Nursing

Work/Life transitions

 Mellor, Mr Peter  
  • Nature of the transition experience of new graduate registered nurses in a socioemotional context
  • Transition to Professional Practice & patient safety
  • Curriculum development and program design – transition & integration focus.
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus

Nursing

Mental Health Research Team

Muir-Cochrane, Professor Eimear  
  • Mental health and well being
  • Acute in-patient psychiatric care
  • Resilience in the ageing population
  • Qualitative and Quantitative methods
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus

Nursing

Child & Family Health

 Parry, Dr Yvonne  
  • Mixed methods using correlations, regressions, narrative analysis etc. regardless of the topic
  • Student nurses experiences of the application of psychosocial theories to practice
  • Vulnerable children and families access to health care such as ED use, primary health care or support services e.g. homelessness services.
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing, Indigenous Health, women’s empowerment and leadership  Sivertsen, Dr Nina  
  • Indigenous health
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Simulation in health education
  • Women’s health
  • Multicultural (CALD) nursing
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 Nursing Steenkamp, Dr Malinda  
  • Community disaster resilience
  • Individual and community recovery after disasters
  • Disaster epidemiology
  • Mass gatherings
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 Midwifery Sweet, Associate Professor Linda  
  • Nursing/midwifery education
  • Maternal health
  • Midwifery
  • Breastfeeding
  • Reproductive health
  • Project available: Social network support for long term breastmilk expression (Qualitative research)
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Undergraduate nursing - stress and coping strategies  Thompson, Ms Jan  

Undergraduate nursing – stress and coping strategies

  • The impact of discriminatory beliefs on the provision of health care
  • Stigma and mental illness - e.g.
    • issues in the acute general setting – health care professionals attitudes / knowledge / values / fears
    • what are the ways / how are people are treated, when they are seen as “difficult”
    • what constitutes a “difficult” patient?
    • what constitutes a “compliant” patient?
    • “guarding” patients vs “nursing” them.
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
Nursing Thornton, Dr Charlene

Maternal and infant health, quantitative research, clinical trials, data analysis, pregnancy complications.

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 Nursing Whitehead, Dr Dean  
  • Health promotion programmes
  • Health education interventions
  • Health-promoting settings/lifespan
  • Public health
  • Health policy
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus
 Nursing Zannettino, Dr Lana  
  • Domestic and family violence.
  • Child, adolescent, family and women's health.
  • Feminist research methodologies and methods.
 

Bedford Park

  Sturt Campus

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Health Sciences

 

Discipline / Area

Supervisor

Project

Location

Digital Health Systems

Maeder, Prof Anthony

RHD Opportunities (PDF 32KB) Tonsley
Digital Health Systems

Maeder, Prof Anthony & Prichard, Dr Ivanka

Fitbit and Healthy Design Workplaces (PDF 107KB) Tonsley
Health and Exercise Sciences Barton, Dr Christopher Is stigma a barrier to help-seeking amongst community dwelling adults living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease? (PDF 105KB)

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Health and Exercise Sciences Gunson, Dr Jessie Women's access to contraceptive services in rural SA (PDF 99KB)

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Health and Exercise Sciences  Jong, Ms Stephanie & Prichard, Dr Ivanka   Social Media and Psychology (PDF 103KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Health and Exercise Sciences  Maddock, Ms Anne   Anglicare (PDF 78KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Health and Exercise Sciences Norton, Dr Lynda   Physiological attributes of elite surf lifesavers (PDF 101KB)

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Health and Exercise Sciences  Prichard, Dr Ivanka   Compensatory health beliefs (PDF 100KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

 Nutrition and Dietetics  Yaxley, Dr Alison & Miller, Prof Michelle    Identifying risk of sarcopenia and cachexia (PDF 94KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Optometry Pesudovs, Professor Konrad Identifying content for the refractive error-specific item bank to measure quality of life parameters (PDF 93KB)

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Palliative and Supportive Services  Miller-Lewis, Dr Lauren   Attitudes towards death and funeral practices (PDF 105KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

 Physiotherapy Lewis, Dr Lucy & Ridley, Dr Kate Physical activity of children in after school care (PDF 103KB)

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

 Physiotherapy  Lange, Assoc Prof Belinda & Lewis, Dr Lucy   Interactive game-based rehabilitation (PDF 105KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Physiotherapy Lange, Assoc Prof Belinda & Lewis, Dr Lucy Small Steps Intervention (PDF 106KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

Public Health  Booth, Dr Sue Representations of food insecurity in newspapers (PDF 95KB)

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

 Public Health  Rudnik, Dr Elena   Mapping health support needs of rural schools (PDF 28KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

  Public Health  Rudnik, Dr Elena   Steps to better health questionnaire (PDF 29KB)  

Bedford Park

Sturt Campus

 Public Health  Ward, Professor Paul   Consumer (mis)trust in public & private healthcare (PDF 101KB)  

Bedford Park

North Ridge Precinct

Public Health Ward, Professor Paul   Trust or distrust in bowel cancer screening (PDF 97KB)

Bedford Park

North Ridge Precinct

 Public Health Ward, Professor Paul   Vaccinations (PDF 99KB)

Bedford Park

North Ridge Precinct

Rehabilitation and Aged Care  Gordon, Professor Sue   Pelvic Floor Women (PDF 105KB) Repatriation General Hospital
Rehabilitation and Aged Care  Gordon, Professor Sue   Pelvic Floor Men (PDF 104KB) Repatriation General Hospital
 Rehabilitation and Aged Care  Gordon, Professor Sue Purdue Test (PDF 96KB) Repatriation General Hospital

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