Field:

  • Epidemiology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public health

Location:  St Lucia Campus

Type of student:  Both types will be considered (i.e. flexible with project)

Type of work:

  • Literature review
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Statistical analysis
  • Systematic review

Trends in the nonmedical use of prescription opioids (NMUPO) have been rising in the population causing increases in morbidity and mortality due to prescription opioids (POs). There is some evidence that NMUPO and PO dependence (POD) is correlated to the use of heroin, as well as some evidence that the rise in NMUPO may be linked to the increases in opioid prescribing seen in the past couple of decades. These increasing concerns call for better epidemiological research in this area to generate evidence to guide public health policies. The project will involve all aspects of research, such as research proposals, searching and gathering of epidemiological data, summarising evidence, and interpreting evidence for policy implications. The project will start will examining data from the United States, therefore students familiar with the United States will be advantageous, but not necessary. The suitable candidate is expected to have the capacity to work on the project one day per week on average. Suitable candidates will have the opportunity to contribute to research papers, grant applications, and/or develop the research into a research higher degree project. 

Prerequisite skills:

  • Strong reading and writing skills; Endnote referencing software

Website:   https://ndarc.med.unsw.edu.au/resource/systematic-review-global-prevalence-prescription-opioid-non-medical-use-estimate

Supervisor

Dr Janni Leung

Research Fellow
CYSAR, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, UQ
Research Fellow
NDARC UNSW