Understanding and responding to the risk behaviours of young people to improve their health

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Burnet Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Megan Lim cassandra.wright@burnet.edu.au 92822111 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Cassandra Wright cassandra.wright@burnet.edu.au 92822111

Project Details

The Burnet Institute has played a leading role in understanding the needs of young people in relation to their sexual and mental health and risk behaviours such as risky alcohol consumption in order to develop innovative interventions to improve young people’s health. Topics as diverse as the public health impacts of porn use, sexual harassment and social media through to drivers of risk behaviours such as gambling and risky alcohol use are the focus of the work of the Young People’s Health group in the Institute.

Opportunities are available for people to undertake PhD or honours or equivalent projects in population health or health promotion related to young people’s health. A range of research methods can be applied with mixed-methods approaches that combine quantitative and qualitative methods encouraged.

There are a number of specific projects available: 1) an examination of pornography use in conjunction with violence-supportive attitudes, understanding of consent, and risk behaviours, 2) an investigation of patterns of sexual risk behaviours, knowledge, and attitudes among young Victorians, 3) an exploration of risky drinking and harms using data collected ‘in the moment’ from young Australians, 4) the use of simulation modelling to perform alcohol policy experiments and 5) the measurement of the level of exposure among children and young people to alcohol advertising on public transport.

High-quality applicants with relevant training during undergraduate study will best suit these projects but there is an opportunity for honours or equivalent level applicants to work with the Project Leads to design projects that align with the interests of the Burnet Institute Programs involved that may fit better with the background of the applicant.

Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Burnet Institute

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