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NurtureNextGen is a MRFF Consumer-Led Research funded project led by Dr Erin Turbitt. The project aims to co-design a digital tool to promote a strengths-based approach to discussion of genetic neurodevelopmental conditions with parents and carers.

A PhD stipend for an aligned project is available. The PhD project aims to gain the perspectives of adults living with genetic neurodevelopmental conditions on strengths-based discussions and use these perspectives to adapt the digital tool for adults, particularly as young adults transition to adult care and take on more responsibility for management of their own healthcare. Genetic counsellors are increasingly integrated into multi-disciplinary healthcare teams involved in the care of people with genetic neurodevelopmental conditions and there is emerging evidence of the value of genetic counselling at the time of transition. Supported by a cross-faculty supervisory team with expertise in co-design, inclusive research, genetic counselling and digital tool development, the PhD candidate
will modify the NurtureNextGen digital tool (developed as part of the MRFF grant for parents of children with genetic neurodevelopmental conditions) for use during and after a healthcare transition. Note that this project is flexible and could include multiple methodologies (systematic literature review, qualitative or quantitative methods). It is expected that the student will work with supervisors to shape the project focus and methodology according to their interests and strengths. The UTS Discipline of Genetic Counselling was established in 2017 to deliver an HGSA-accredited Master of Genetic Counselling alongside an active research and PhD program. Our vision is to establish UTS as a centre of excellence for genetic/ genomic counselling research, to increase the
quality of research undertaken by genetic counsellors and to raise the academic profile of genetic counselling in Australasia. The PhD candidate will join our growing team of academic genetic counsellors and PhD students.

The PhD stipend provides a Living Allowance of AUD$37,000 per annum (tax-free) for up to 3.5 years full time. The PhD will start by late October 2024.

If you are a motivated self-starter with a passion for evidence-based clinical care and genetic counselling research, and are considering the next step in your career, get in touch soon to learn more about this opportunity.

Professor Alison McEwen
[email protected]