Menzies School of Health Research
We are offering an opportunity to undertake a PhD in a comparative analysis of cross jurisdictional CKD programs using longitudinal clinical data. This PhD opportunity would suit someone interested in epidemiology and quantitative methodologies using statistical programs.
People with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) suffer poor health outcomes, reduced life expectancy and reduced quality of life. In the Northern Territory (NT) kidney disease rates are the highest in Australia with Aboriginal people presenting for dialysis 20 years earlier than non-Aboriginal people. The CKD3 Consortium project will evaluate progress in the identification and management of early (stage 1-3) CKD in primary care in the NT, along with Tasmania and western Melbourne in Victoria. Territory Kidney Care (TKC), a recent initiative, is an integrated clinical decision support tool to improve early CKD identification and management in the NT. TKC consolidates patient information from government and non-government, primary and tertiary services, to support the delivery of targeted, evidence-based care. The program in Tasmania, has used data-linkage to map the state-wide burden of CKD (CKD.TASlink), specifically to identify gender and geographic inequities in screening for CKD, rural and remote access to renal replacement therapy and variation in cardiovascular outcomes. The Victorian Chronic Disease Early Detection and Improved Management in Primary Care Project (CD IMPACT), was designed to increase the diagnosis and improve the management of CKD, diabetes and cardiovascular disease in western Melbourne. These three programs cover disparate populations across urban, rural and remote Australia and include disadvantaged areas where the risk of kidney disease in both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations is high.
The PhD student will play an integral part in this project in analysing and interpreting clinical data. Knowledge or experience with analytical programs (Stata, SPPS etc) is desirable but not essential. The focus of this work is quantitative analysis. The PhD student will be based in the NT under the direct supervision of a Senior Research Fellow and supported by the Menzies Renal Research program team. The PhD student will have opportunities to collaborate with other PhD students working on the individual programs included in the evaluation. In addition, the student will have the opportunity to play a role in the broader project, including contributing to the design and development of the evaluation framework for the three programs.
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