Issue 7
Monday, 07 September 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
PhD student Winnie Chen won the Visualise your Thesis competition
PhD student Winnie Chen won the Visualise your Thesis competition

Health research shines at 3MT competition

By Leanne Miles

An animation showcasing a tool developed to help doctors diagnose and manage kidney disease and a presentation unpacking the complexities of preventing suicides in hospitals and prisons have won this year’s CDU Virtual Three Minute (3MT) and Visualise your Thesis Competitions.

College of Nursing and Midwifery PhD student Penelope Sweeting beat a strong field in the 3MT competition for her presentation “Suicides in hospitals and prisons reducing the holes in the cheese”, where she used the image of swiss cheese to illustrate the complex methodologies of system failures. 

“Preventing suicides in hospitals and prisons is a national challenge,” Penelope said. “Using a methodology designed for aviation safety, my research is looking for the systems failures, or “holes in the cheese”, that contribute to preventable suicides.”

Menzies School of Health Research PhD student Winnie Chen created an animation to showcase a tool developed in the NT to help doctors diagnose and manage kidney disease to take home the Visualise your Thesis competition.

“Territory Kidney Care is a digital tool developed in the NT to help doctors diagnose and manage kidney disease,” Winnie said.  

The People’s Choice award for the 3MT went to College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Societies PhD candidate Mujiburrahman Thontowi for his presentation “Beautiful but Fragile: Multi-hazard Early Warning System in Indonesia”. Master by Research Student with the Asia Pacific College of Business and Law, Anita Rijal took home the Visualise your Thesis People’s Choice award for her short film on “Understanding the impact of education agent services on Nepalese students' study experiences in Australia”.

The Three Minute Thesis Competition aims to celebrate the research of PhD students, and cultivate their academic, presentation and research communication skills. 

As the winners of the CDU competition, Penelope and Winner both take home a $1500 research grant. 

Penelope will represent CDU at the Asia-Pacific final of the Virtual Three Minute Thesis to compete for a share in $8000 worth of research grants later this month. Winnie will represent CDU at the International final of Visualise your Thesis in October.