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Consideration of psychological aspects in the assessment and management of women with polycystic ovary syndrome

PCOS is a common, under-recognised and increasingly prevalent condition with major and sometimes devastating health impacts. It affects one in five young Australian women and one in four Indigenous women. This multisystem condition has reproductive, metabolic and emotional implications including obesity, infertility (primary cause of female infertility), pregnancy complications (miscarriage, fetal anomalies), diabetes (fourfold increase and younger onset), increased cardiovascular risk factors, psychological disturbance and poor quality of life. The supervisors have a keen interest in the emotional well-being of women with PCOS and will supervise a project in which a questionnaire is developed to assess PCOS-related distress. The PhD candidate will undertake literature review, qualitative interviews with women with PCOS to generate a potential questionnaire item pool, debrief the items with women with PCOS and then undertake a large-scale psychometric validation study. Within this research program, there is ample opportunity for the candidate to conduct independent research under the supervision of an expert research team including epidemiological assessment of large existing datasets.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
PCOS, women, psychological
School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine
Available options 
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Monash Centre for Health Research and Implementation (MCHRI), Clayton
Helena Teede
Jane Speight
Melanie Gibson-Helm

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