Scot MacDonald
5th Jun 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today congratulated five University of Newcastle students each awarded a $40,000 PhD scholarship to complete groundbreaking health and medical research.

The University of Newcastle students are among 26 PhD candidates awarded a PhD Scholarship as part of a $1.5 million NSW Government program to advance the careers of early stage researchers in health and medical research. The students will partner with the Hunter New England Local Health District.

Mr MacDonald said the NSW Health PhD Scholarship Program helps develop the capability and skill of PhD candidates, while harnessing their research capacity within the NSW health system.

“This is a great program that fosters the knowledge and talent of our next generation of health and medical researchers,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Funding for the scholarships will be matched by host universities or partner institutions.”

“The scholarships are an important investment in developing the therapies, drugs and research leaders of tomorrow.”

The five University of Newcastle candidates are:

Candidate name

Field of research

Melissa Jackson

Smoking intervention aimed at helping pregnant women who smoke and use other drugs

Seth Tarrant

Geriatric hip fracture: matching immune-mediated physiological insults with surgery timing and patients outcomes

Emma Robson

Linking patients to clinical and healthy lifestyle services

Ingrid Berling

Assessing heart problems for patients with a mental health disorder

Rakshit Panwar

Individualising blood pressure targets during shock to improve clinical outcomes

The PhD scholarships are part of a 2015 Government commitment to fund early-mid career fellowships and doctoral scholarships.

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