Sleep health program to achieve better sleep and improved mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Supervisor – Dr Yaqoot Fatimafatima.yaqoot@uq.edu.au

Despite the well-established link between poor sleep and mental health, sleep has never been the focus of targeted intervention for improving the mental health of Indigenous adolescents. The first-ever comprehensive report on Sleep health of Indigenous Australians highlighted 18% prevalence of poor sleep in Indigenous youth that in turn, increase the risk and severity of emotional and mental health problems. Therefore, timely prevention, diagnosis and management of poor sleep in Indigenous adolescents can reduce the risk and severity of mental health issues and improve opportunities for living life to the fullest potential.  

The overarching goal of this project is to develop novel resources and tools for sleep health improvement in Indigenous adolescents, generate robust evidence using these tools and work as a catalyst for incorporating culturally appropriate sleep health programs in Indigenous mental health and well-being services. The key aims are to co-design and deliver a sleep improvement program for Indigenous adolescents and evaluate the preliminary feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of the program in improving sleep health and mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents. This project will leverage successful partnerships with Aboriginal primary care services, youth services and community relationship to offer sustainable and effective solutions for improving sleep health and reducing the risk and the severity of mental health symptoms in Indigenous adolescents.

A working knowledge of statistical softwares e.g., R, SPSS, would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

Preferred educational background

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of advanced data analysis and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of the epidemiology and outcomes of poor sleep is highly desirable.

The successful candidate will require to hold a valid Blue card. The candidate should be willing to relocate to Mount Isa (QLD) or be willing to stay in Mount Isa for extended periods.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2021. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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