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Independent Learning Projects (ILPs)

The Independent Learning Project (ILP) is intended to provide UNSW medical students with a period of in-depth study that engenders an approach to medicine that is constantly questioning and self-critical. The ILP aims to promote lifelong learning patterns and skills which will enable them to approach future medical challenges in their careers with a rigor and depth not possible without a detailed knowledge of the formal processes of research, literature appraisal, data collection, analysis and presentation.

The School of Public Health and Community Medicine, UNSW Australia offers a wide range of topics for medical students to undertake an ILP or Honours Project. We have skilled researchers who are widely published experts in their fields who can provide you with the support needed in this important research year. Topic areas include drug and alcohol misuse prevention and treatment, sexual and reproductive health, infectious diseases, vaccination, health professional training in low-middle income countries, refugee health, mental health, sport for development and diabetes management to name a few.

Further, specific experience and placements within the candidates' Independent Learning Project (ILP) are also readily facilitated.

Listen to a video on ILP Projects. Video slides can also be accessed separately here:

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Available ILP Projects

Project title: Changes in perception about the amount of standard alcohol use without doing any harm: results from five waves of National Drug Strategy Household Survey

Harmful levels of alcohol consumption are a major public health concern. The overall aim of this project is to examine the perception of the amount of alcohol consumption without any risk and its impact on reduction of use of alcohol.

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Project title: Treatment options for arsenicosis patients: A Systematic Review and Metaanalysis

Over 100 million, including approximately 36 million people in Bangladesh, are estimated to be chronically exposed to arsenic-contaminated drinking water. Chronic arsenic exposure through drinking water increases the risk of multiple health problems such as cancers of the skin, bladder, lung and liver, arsenicosis, stroke, ischaemic heart diseases. The overall aim is to systematically identify and review treatment options for arsenicosis patients and critically appraise the effectiveness of these treatment options.

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Project title: Exploring the impact of SMS reminders and education on influenza vaccine uptake amongst medically at risk children

The burden of influenza in children is substantial, with frequent primary care consultations in both preschool and school age children as well as a high hospitalisation rate in young children. A safe vaccine is available, recommended and free for Australian children at risk. However, uptake of the influenza vaccine remains suboptimal. The use of SMS reminders has been effectively used with some medical illness and with promoting parents to bring their children in for routine vaccination.  The aim of this project is to evaluate the implementation of the SMS plus education strategy in the hospital settings.

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Project title: Moving from Monitoring and Evaluation to Research in Sport for Social Change

The popularity of sport and its capacity as a platform to connect people makes it a mechanism with potential to address a range of social issues and international development goals. The overall aim of this project is to work with the M & E and CC programme delivery teams to further develop their current systems such that on-going M & E will be able to capture and measure impact overtime, providing a base for future research.

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