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Friday, 16 January 2015

PhD projects presented at international forum

PhD students Susan Hunt and Kanvar Singh Nayer
with Professor Zlatko Skrbis - Vice-Provost (Graduate Education)

Two Monash graduate researchers recently took part in a leading international PhD forum.

The Go8-C9 PhD Forum held in Sydney at the end of 2014 brought together over 30 doctoral students from top Australian and Chinese universities to exchange ideas related to the global challenges of ageing populations.
Susan Hunt, PhD student from the School of Primary Health Care, presented her project which seeks to analyse changes in the mental health of individual older adults over time and compare these with trajectories of physical health.

The aim is to identify predictors of successful ageing, populations at risk of poor mental health outcomes and appropriate interventions.

Susan says the forum was a rich learning and networking experience.

“The forum provided a valuable opportunity to meet and learn from both Australian and Chinese researchers working in diverse disciplines on the issue of ageing. My presentation on successful ageing generated a challenging and stimulating discussion. I also found it interesting to gain a greater understanding of the Go8-C9 partnership. I am keeping in touch with other attendees and look forward to future collaborations,” she said.

Kanvar Singh Nayer, PhD student from the faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, presented research into a personalised multimedia device called ‘Memory Box’, which aims to improve the quality of life for individuals living with dementia.

The project explores the design elements of the interface, such as buttons and symbols, which enable higher levels of autonomous use.

PhD study at Monash has enabled Susan and Kanvar to explore their passion for research and share project aims and outcomes with peers at the national and international level.

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