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Graduate Research Assistant – CART-Mife Study (Posted on July 18 2019)
The Contraception and Abortion Research Team at UBC is seeking a Graduate Research Assistant at a PhD level (must be a current student in PhD Program) to provide research support for a CIHR funded study about the implementation of mifepristone in Canada. Mifepristone is a newly approved medication by Health Canada for medical termination of early pregnancy. This National Implementation Research Project aims to understand health policy, system and service facilitators and barriers to the distribution and implementation of mifepristone abortion practice in Canada.
The position provides an excellent opportunity for a doctoral student to develop research skills and expertise in quantitative research. Under the supervision of Principal Investigator Dr. Wendy Norman, the graduate RA will undertake a variety of tasks, including monitoring the Canadian Abortion Providers Support platform, recruiting participants from physicians taking the mifepristone training, facilitating online surveys, managing survey databases, and assisting with data analysis. The graduate RA will also have the opportunity to work with other team members to develop manuscripts for the study and other tools to support integrated knowledge translation with national health services, health system and health policy partners.
This position requires a doctoral student currently studying in a discipline among the UBC health sciences, ideally with an MSc background. Experience with survey research using Redcap and quantitative data sets, quantitative data cleaning and quantitative analysis using Microsoft Excel, R, Stata, etc is an asset. The position will be 15 hours per week with a pay rate of $22/hour, from September 1, 2019 until March 31, 2020.
To apply, or for any inquiries, please email a cover letter, a copy of your CV, a list of three references and your availability to the CART Research Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CART-GRAC welcomes applications from graduate students. Please see Research Scholarship for more information.
Applications are invited for a 1-year term Postdoctoral Fellow position with possible extension (posted on July 31 2019)
This is a unique opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to contribute to the development and data analysis of national survey which aims to provide crucial evidence to inform health policy, system and service leaders and regulators charged with providing equitable, free-of harassment, and high quality nation-wide access to abortion services.
The Canadian medical and surgical Abortion Provider Survey (CAPS) is a Canadian Institutes of Health Research funded 4 year project with 3 key activities:
-Activity 1: Document the change in characteristics and distribution of the abortion care workforce since the 2012 Canadian Abortion Provider Survey;
-Activity 2: Assess the quality of care i.e. characteristics of actual abortion practises as compared to the revised Canadian clinical practice guidelines, in both MA and SA practices and;
-Activity 3: Determine to what extent providers experience harassment and stigma in their work and explore their related resilience and retention
Under the direction of Dr. Regina Renner (primary supervisor) and Dr. Wendy Norman (Co-investigator), the successful candidate will coordinate the entire study from planning, survey development, pilot testing, survey distribution, data collection, analysis to knowledge translation activities and paper writing. The Postdoctoral Fellow will work closely with the UBC Contraception & Abortion Research Team (CART) and relevant stakeholders and partners to attain the three project goals. The successful candidate will have a strong background in Social / Health Sciences, and will demonstrate a commitment to developing a survey instrument to effectively measure the impact of recent health policy changes (i.e. availability of mifepristone in 2017 and empowerment of nurse practitioners to perform medical abortion) on the characteristics and distribution of the Canadian abortion care workforce since the 2012 Canadian Abortion Provider Survey. The candidate will embrace the concepts of community engagement, consultation, partnership and self-determination. This position requires a high level of independence, interpersonal skills, and knowledge about the latest abortion policies and service provider guidelines.
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The Canadian Sexual Health Survey (CSHS) (Recruitment from June 2014- October 2015)
*Recruitment for this study is complete. We surveyed in 21 communities across British Columbia, and spoke to nearly 1700 women about their sexual health. Stay tuned for results from the CSHS!
Read about the project: Current projects
Read the survey introduction letter here.
Eligibility criteria: female, 14 – 49 years old
From June 2014- October 2015 qualified medical professionals (e.g. nurses, medical students) conducted in-person interviews with women in every region of BC. Randomly selected households received an introduction letter in their mailbox before the survey. Surveyors returned periodically to the selected neighbourhood and made door-to-door visits to establish participant eligibility among households. Those eligible at that time, could decide if they would like to participate.
If there is more than one eligible female in a household, a participant will be randomly selected for that household. It is important that a broad range of ages are sampled from women and girls in each neighbourhood. All survey interviews were conducted in complete privacy and all responses are 100% anonymous. In addition, sensitive questions are answered directly into the computer by the participant, so that responses are anonymous. This survey takes 10 – 40 minutes to complete.
Invited participants were offered a $20 honorarium as a thank-you for their time in participating in this survey.
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We are always in need of volunteers to support our research initiatives. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about volunteer opportunities currently available.
Membership as a Full Member (for principal investigators and researchers) or a Trainee Member (for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and residents) is available through an online application and requires references from two Full Members in good standing. Membership is approved for two years, and renewable upon application.
Members will have access to a variety of networking opportunities, resources, and support through the following (depending on available CART-GRAC resources):
- A members'-only website, that includes publications, study instruments, and other resources;
- Online discussion fora and List-serves ; and
- Eligibility to apply for letters of support from CART-GRAC and/or permission to use the CART-GRAC logo.
Membership Registration Coming soon.
We look forward to welcoming you as a member of the Contraception Access Research Team-Groupe de recherche sur l’accessibilité à la contraception (CART-GRAC) network.
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- Download and complete the CART-GRAC Membership Form, and return to email@example.com
In Canada, half of all pregnancies are unintended. Single working mothers, women living in poverty, with mental illness, or in rural and remote locations can struggle to space their pregnancies—with consequences for their own and their children’s long term development. Accessing information about effective contraception is difficult and many are unable to pay for the methods they would choose if they knew about their options.
Dr. Wendy Norman, CIHR-PHAC Chair in Family Planning Research, is leading innovative research into the contraceptive needs of women in BC and throughout Canada. A Women’s Health Survey is currently underway across BC. This door-to-door survey will provide critical information about supporting equitable access to family planning knowledge, services and methods for the average woman.
To determine how to best support women in the most vulnerable situations, Dr. Norman needs your help to make sure the survey reaches out to as many women as possible. Every dollar you donate will be matched, to double your impact to ensure women across BC have access to the contraceptive information and methods they need.