Population Health

Internet addiction, gaming and pornography

Supervisor

Simone Rodda

Discipline

Population Health

Project code: MHS078

Self-regulation is potentially difficult for people who develop problems with internet gaming or pornography. Most people who develop this problem will not seek formal treatment and there are very few treatment options. To address this issue The Change Strategies Project has developed a self-directed intervention that incorporates cognitive and behavioural strategies that is delivered with an evidence based planning approach.

What is it?
This pilot and feasibility study aims to recruit 50 participants into a randomised trial over a 6 month period.

What will you do?
Your main role would be to assist with intervention pilot testing, data extraction and undertake screening interviews.

What skills do you need?
You will have a good knowledge of addiction theory and treatment. Ideally you would have experience in conducting semi-structured interviews and good communication skills.
You should have an interest in using technology to improve service delivery.

Soundscape questionnaire

Supervisor

David Welch
Ravi Reddy, Kim Dirks, Gavin Coad

Discipline

Population Health

Project code: MHS171

We have already developed a soundscape questionnaire. It has been trialled in a limited set of urban sound environments. This project is to extend the application of the questionnaire to more ‘natural; soundscapes, to compile the data, and conduct analyses to determine the underlying factor structure in human perception of the sound environment.

Skills you will develop:
Data collection, management, and analysis
Interpretation of factor analysis
Report writing

Impact of recreational sports on the community sound environment

Supervisor

David Welch
Ravi Reddy, Kim Dirks

Discipline

Population Health

Project code: MHS172

Anecdotally, sound created by people playing games and sports in parks can be disturbing for residents in nearby housing. This can create considerable conflict in communities and it would be useful to have data on this. The project would involve the use of sound measurements and a questionnaire based on the WHOQoL-Bref which would be administered to residents in areas identified through maps as potentially being influenced by noise from nearby parks with sports facilities.

Skills you will learn:
Questionnaire data collection, management and analysis
Sound measurement
Report writing

Wai Auckland: Baseline data for a water/sugary drinks campaign in Auckland

Supervisor

Boyd Swinburn
Sarah Gerritsen

Discipline

Population Health

Project code: MHS175

Healthy Auckland Together is a multi-agency group which is about to start a campaign to shift Aucklanders from sugary drinks to water consumption. This studentship will work with HAT agencies (including Auckland Council and Auckland Water) and the nutrition group at SoPH to develop an evaluation plan and collect baseline data such as water fountain locations, sugary drinks sales, and water/milk policies in schools and early childhood centres.