Kate Cantwell receives NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship

Burnet Institute

18 February, 2014

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Burnet public health researcher, Kate Cantwell has received a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Postgraduate Scholarship as part of $133 million in medical research funding announced by the Australian Government today.

Ms Cantwell is currently completing her PhD under supervisor, Professor Paul Dietze in Burnet’s Centre for Population Health.

“I completed the first year of my PhD in a part-time capacity whilst working full time as a paramedic. This scholarship gives me the opportunity to concentrate full time on my studies and have time to network with people at Burnet and learn from their research experience,” she said.

The NHMRC Public Health Postgraduate Scholarship attracts funding of $40,197 for Ms Cantwell to study ‘Ambulance Demand: random events or predictable patterns’.

Over the past 20 years there has been an increase in demand for emergency ambulance services across the developed world, placing significant strain on ambulance resources. However, it is not known if demand is constant across different times of day, days of the week or months of the year.

Ms Cantwell’s PhD will examine temporal patterns in ambulance demand using four years of data derived from paramedic assessment. Understanding these patterns will provide evidence to inform ambulance practice.

The Federal Minister for Health, Peter Dutton said the new funding will support 153 grants across five NHMRC schemes.

Find out more about Ms Cantwell’s work…


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