Notre Dame medical students shine

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 3-11-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



Notre Dame medical students wrapped up a successful year of research by presenting their findings at the recent state Primary Health Care Research, Evaluation and Development (PHCRED) conference held in Perth.

Four students, James Haridy, Tharsa Thallainadesan, Joanne Baker and James Runciman were among a strong contingent of medical students who presented their findings at this research based event.

Ms Lyn Brun, Statewide PHCRED Coordinator says the talent of these students was showcased by their interesting presentations to others in the primary health care research field.

“I am encouraged by the high quality of research being undertaken across the state of WA into primary health care and in particular the high calibre support given from the PHCRED team at The University of Notre Dame Australia led by Professor Tom Brett of the General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Unit,” says Ms Brun.

Researchers, government representatives and others with a strong interest in primary health care research gathered to hear the findings of projects with a variety of topics covered including chronic disease, health care delivery and perceptions of health care.

Medical students James Haridy and Tharsa Thallainadesan presented their findings which explored patient perceptions of the role of Practice Nurses in primary health care. Joanne Baker used this forum to make her inaugural presentation to the gathering, which investigated patients’ perceptions of barriers to discussing and testing for STI’s in general practice and James Runciman explored perceptions of radiation dose and effects in General Practice.

Media contact:

Lyn Brun, Statewide Coordinator PHCRED Ph: 0427 089 096 Email: lynb@cucrh.uwa.edu.au

Michelle Ebbs, Notre Dame Ph: 0408 959 138 Email: mebbs@nd.edu.au