The aim of this project is to explore the perceptions of women who have experienced domestic and family violence, in seeking access to healthcare. This small study will be a valuable addition to an existing study being conducted in collaboration with researchers at the School of Nursing and Micah Projects, Brisbane. The existing study is an evaluation of a novel the domestic violence nurse-led specialist service. The study aims to understand the impact of the nurse led service on access to care for women experiencing domestic and family violence.
This qualitative study involves conducting a single focus group to explore the perceptions of women who have experienced domestic and family violence on access to healthcare. This focus group will involve willing participants recruited from the RESOUND group at Micah Projects, West End. The RESOUND group is an established support group for women with lived experience of domestic and family violence. In a one-hour focus group we propose generating a discussion of the key issues and challenges to accessing healthcare whilst experiencing domestic and family violence. This focus group has been approved by Micah Projects CEO Karyn Walsh as an important addition to the existing nurse-led service evaluation (Project leads: A/Prof Jane Currie and Dr Olivia Hollingdrake).
With the permission of the participants, the focus group will be recorded so the discussion can then be transcribed, verbatim, for analysis. With close supervision, the student would be involved in organising and facilitating the focus group, taking field notes on the day, and collating and analysing data. The data will be analysed thematically to identify the significant themes in relation to accessing healthcare.
We propose publishing the study results in an academic journal and the student would be offered the opportunity to contribute to that publication. While the student would be based at QUT, it is likely that the focus group would be carried out on the Micah Projects premises at West End. Olivia Hollingdrake and Jane Currie will ensure the student has access to any necessary orientation at Micah Projects and is briefed re. confidentiality and safety.
In completing this project, you will work closely with the supervisors who are experienced researchers in the School of Nursing. The research activities include:
- with close supervision, being involved in organising and facilitating the one-hour focus group
- taking field notes during the focus group
- analysis of the qualitative data using a thematic analysis approach
- interpretation of the interview data
- drafting the findings into a journal article.
The primary outcome of this project will be identification of the perceptions of women who have experienced domestic and family violence, in seeking access to healthcare. This understanding will highlight perceived barriers and challenges in accessing healthcare for people experiencing domestic and family violence.
It may also highlight approaches that healthcare staff and facilities can take to improve access to healthcare for this vulnerable population.
Skills and experience
You will have:
- exemplary verbal and written communication skills are required
- competency in Microsoft Word is required
- an interest in undertaking a project with a potentially vulnerable population is required.
Ideally you will also have:
- prior completion of a basic research unit (e.g. NSB203) is desirable.
Contact the supervisor for more information.