PhD Research Scholarship: Maori Health and Ageing

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PROJECT: the LiLAC study: Life and Living in Advanced Age, a cohort study Te Puawaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia ora Tonu (A Health Research Council of NZ-funded project, located in the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, The University of Auckland, New Zealand.)

PhD Research Scholarship is sought for a scholar interested in Aging.

A large cohort of Māori between age 80 and 90 years will be gathered to establish an understanding of ageing and the predictors of success in advanced age. A PhD scholar is sought to extend the capacity of the Māori cohort to address questions of relevance to local and regional tribal groups. Much interest has been expressed in understanding variability in health related to cultural practices. While this is a part of the overall objectives of the cohort study, a PhD candidate will extend the ability to examine such questions using appropriate methodology.

This funding is available for one PhD Scholarship, for three years (late2009/early 2010 to late 2012/early 2013).

  • The PhD student will develop their own enquiry within the context of the longitudinal study, Te Puawaitanga o Ngā Tapuwae Kia ora Tonu, and be involved in collecting relevant background information, analysis and report writing while preparing their PhD dissertation.
  • Travel to the research sites, Rotorua, Tauranga, Whakatane and Opotiki is expected to be frequent.
  • Māori Scholars are encouraged to apply

The research team is sited in Auckland at the Tamaki campus. This is a unique opportunity to work in a dedicated team of scholars including academic staff and students, with expertise in Aging, Māori Health, General Practice, Dietetics, and Nursing excited by the potentials of interdisciplinary research.

Please read the following brief and make contact before October 1st, 2009

Ngaire Kerse MBChB PhD FRNZCGP, Professor
Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care School of Population Health University of Auckland
ph 64 9 373 7599 ext 84467
fax 64 9 373 7624
email n.kerse@auckland.ac.nz

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