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Two outstanding Burnet Institute PhD students have been awarded competitive Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) funding to complete their projects.
Centre for Population Health epidemiologist Caroline Van Gemert will investigate the limitations of hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV) surveillance systems in Australia.
“The aim is to develop, implement and evaluate an automated, electronic laboratory-linked sentinel surveillance system to identify newly-acquired cases of HCV and HBV in Australia,” Ms Van Gemert said.
“The timely identification of newly-acquired cases of hepatitis C has a significant impact on treatment success and reduction of ongoing transmission.”
Kate Cantwell, also from the Centre for Population Health, will be looking at the temporal aspects of ambulance demand from data from paramedic assessment of patients.
“Describing and understanding these patterns will provide evidence to inform ambulance practice,” Ms Cantwell said.
“Pre-hospital epidemiology is an under-researched area of public health and little evidence exists to support anecdotal evidence of ambulance demand variation across different times of day of the week or months of the year.”
Ms Cantwell said the APA would have a significant impact on her studies, enabling her to focus on her research.
“I can now become a full-time student – this is a career change for me and the ability to immerse myself in the research culture and learn from others here at Burnet makes the PhD journey so much richer,” she said.
APA Scholarships are a Commonwealth Government scheme that is awarded to students of exceptional research potential undertaking their higher degree by research.