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Ultrasound Treatment by a Physiotherapist for Mastitis whilst Breastfeeding

Have you experienced Mastitis (blocked milk ducts) whilst breastfeeding? Were you treated by a Physiotherapist using ultrasound? A researcher from Curtin University is seeking your help to inform her PhD project around which ultrasound procedures are most effective

Woman laying on a bed with her new born baby breastfeeding

About the project/vacancy

Mastitis and blocked ducts are common conditions during breastfeeding and can cause many symptoms including breast pain, breast hardness or tightness, increased temperature of the breast, breast redness and potentially diminishes your ability to breastfeed and/or look after your baby.

This project aims to compare the use of different therapeutic ultrasound settings to treat inflamed breasts whilst breastfeeding. Currently, Physiotherapists in New South Wales and Victoria use high intensity ultrasound (ultrasound which produces a heating effect) and Physiotherapists from Western Australia use low intensity ultrasound (non-heating treatment). Currently it is not known which approach works better, and whether using ultrasound is better than not using ultrasound.

This project will help to provide better care for women with these often debilitating conditions

About the position

The researcher requires one person from Victoria and one person from Western Australia to inform the project

What am I expected to do?

The researcher would like you to assist with project planning and the development of different resources and forms for use in the research project.

Your help will also be required to assess the data collected to ensure someone with a lived experience of mastitis contributes to the outcomes of the research and contributes to the best treatment options for women

What skills or experience do I need?

Ideally you would have received ultrasound treatment for mastitis within the last 2 to 3 years. You must be located in either Victoria or Western Australia.

Some experience with online meeting software would be advantageous

How long am I expected to be involved?

The PhD project is likely to last 3 years. Three meetings will be held in the first year, two in the second and two in the third year.

Meetings will last no longer than 1.5 hours

Where will meetings be held?

The meetings will be held online via a digital meeting software like Zoom or Skype

What support is offered?

A $35/hour honorarium is offered. Support and training is offered by the Consumer and Community Health Research Network

Applications close: 29 May 2020

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