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Project Partner Sought to Study Creative Meditation Tool – Rotary Health Grant

Deadline – Week commencing 20 May .

Professor Margaret McAllister, is seeking a clinical partner to trial the use of Mindsettle as a low intensity meditation experience, with people experiencing eating disorders.  The hypothesis is that the mindsettle tool may have a positive impact on rumination, anxiety and readiness for therapy. If you are interested in exploring the idea further, please contact Margaret by email at

Professor Margaret McAllister, BA, RN, EdD, is Professor of Nursing at Central Queensland University, Australia. With a background in nursing, mental health nursing, education and cultural studies, Margaret teaches in the Master of Mental Health Nursing and is an active researcher in arts and health. She has published recently on creative therapies in the context of eating disorders. See the paper, “Exploring the diary as a recovery-oriented therapeutic tool”, co authored in 2016 with Dr June Alexander and Prof Donna Lee Brie

Professor Margaret McAllister, RN Ed D
Professor of Nursing | Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences/Higher Education
CQ University Australia, Noosaville, Qld 4566

Seeking PhD candidate: Translating evidence-based treatment for anorexia nervosa into the primary care setting – Auckland

Early detection followed by prompt intervention is well known to significantly decrease the chance of severe and enduring anorexia nervosa. Despite this, there are minimal evidence-based treatment packages available for anorexia nervosa in the primary care setting. This PhD project will use a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the efficacy of a specialist treatment package for anorexia nervosa in the primary care setting.

The candidate will be based at the University of Auckland, School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences. The project would suit a psychology or medical graduate with prior experience of independent research (e.g. 1st class honours dissertation, or research MSc). A UoA doctoral scholarship is available for highly qualified candidates with a NZ qualifying degree, however candidates that fall outside of this are welcome to apply. Interested candidates can email for further information.

Primary supervisor: Dr Marion Roberts, Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer, University of Auckland
Secondary supervisor: Dr Virginia McIntosh, Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer, University of Canterbury