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HEALTH & HUMAN SCIENCES

Available Postgraduate Projects

We're looking for prospective students
CDU Menzies School of Medicine

We are seeking students to undertake exciting projects in our college! 

With research teams across all disciplines, we offer an abundance of research opportunities for students.

Our staff can provide support for PhD, Master by Research, and honours students in a range of specialisations, ranging from biomedical and clinical sciences, sport and exercise, psychology, and social work. 

We welcome prospective research students to undertake their research journey in those fields with Charles Darwin University.  

Essential information

If you’re interested in a project, please contact the supervisor(s) listed.

If you've been unable to find a project that you are interested in, you can use the researchers portal  to find researchers from related fields.

  • Use one or two keywords to narrow down the list of researchers.
  • Each research profile will indicate if the researcher has the capacity to supervise.

Once you've found a suitable project, you can contact relevant researchers using the CDU directory.

Please see the CDU Research Scholarship page for further information regarding How to Apply for scholarships and key dates for application submissions.

 

Aesthetic modifications among health professionals: How do tattoos impact receptivity of social workers?

Contact Person: Dr Timothy Piatkowski

Supervisors: Dr Tim Piatkowski, Dr Steven Roche & Dr Kim Caudwell

Suitable for: Masters by Research

Project Location: CDU

Project Summary

This study will explore the attitudes of the end-user on tattoos in the context of social work. The student will recruit and interview a number of stakeholders with the goal of providing insight into how tattooing is perceived by the clients among alcohol and other drug treatment settings. The data will be analysed thematically and form part of the students’ Masters Thesis.

Exploring associations between culture and body image in the context of Australia’s young migrant communities

Contact Person: Dr Timothy Piatkowski

Supervisors: Dr Tim Piatkowski & Dr Daile Rung

Suitable for: Masters by Research

Project Location: CDU/Menzies

Project Summary

This investigation will provide insight into how culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds may affect the development of body image anxiety among young people of both genders in Australia. The student will recruit a relevant sample of stakeholders to complete semi-structured interviews around the topic. The data will undergo thematic analysis with the results written up as part of the students Masters thesis. The data from this project may be used in subsequent investigations or form the basis for PhD projects in implementing future wellbeing programs in this area.

Understanding the demand for psychoactive drug treatment services in the Northern Territory

Contact Person: Dr Timothy Piatkowski

Supervisors: Dr Tim Piatkowski & Dr Cassandra Wright

Suitable for: Masters by Research

Project Location: CDU/Menzies

Project Summary

This project seeks to elucidate stakeholder viewpoints from across the AOD treatment services system. Exploratory interviews will involve discussion of drug treatment types; pathways into treatment; intersections with treatment referrals from the criminal justice system; and implications of remoteness on treatment accessibility in the Northern Territory. The interview data will be analysed thematically and go on to inform service provision.

Enhancement in the Northern Territory: Are steroids a drug of concern?

Contact Person: Dr Timothy Piatkowski

Supervisors: Dr Tim Piatkowski

Suitable for: Masters by Research

Project Location: CDU

Project Summary

Evidence suggests a consistent rise in steroid and performance and image enhancing drug (PIED) use across Australia as a whole. These compounds are associated with increases in strength and muscle mass although come with the possibility of physical and psychological side effects. To date, no research exists regarding the landscape of steroid use in the NT. This exploratory investigation would seek to scope the climate in Darwin and the NT around whether PIEDs such as steroids are a drug of concern – as they have become so in other Australian States.