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Exceptional PhD theses in the Division of Health Sciences (2014)

A thesis is of exceptional quality when all three examiners of a candidate's thesis agree that the thesis is among the top 10% of theses examined, and is of an exceptional standard in the following areas:

  • Research content
  • Originality
  • Quality of expression
  • Accuracy of presentation

Exceptional Phd theses awarded in 2014

Dr Ken Chin  (Department of Medicine, UOC)

Thesis title: Renal function in relation to gentamicin and dabigatran clearance and dosing
Primary Supervisor: Professor Evan Begg

For more information on Ken's work, please contact the Department of Medicine, UOC by emailing

Dr Annemarei Ranta (Department of General Practice and Rural Health DSM)

Thesis title: Transient ischaemic attack and stroke electronic decision support to improve stroke care in New Zealand
Primary Supervisor: Professor Susan Dovey

For more information on Annemarei's work, please contact the Department by emailing

Dr Diana Sarfati (Department of Public Health, UOW)

Thesis title: Developing new comorbidity indices for cancer populations using administrative data
Primary Supervisor: Professor Peter Crampton

For more information on Diana's work, please contact the Department of Public Health, UOW by emailing

Dr Sterling Sawaya (Department of Anatomy, OSMS)

Thesis title: Tandem repeats as sources of variation
Primary Supervisor: Professor Neil Gemmell

For more information on Sterling's work, please contact the Department of Anatomy by emailing

Dr Lesley Ward (School of Physiotherapy)

Thesis title: The role of yoga in the symptom management of musculoskeletal conditions
Primary Supervisor: Professor David Baxter

For more information on Lesley's work, please contact the Physiotherapy by emailing