My name is Abbey Diaz.  I am about to embark on a PhD in Indigenous cancer health, in Brisbane, Australia.

This blog has been created as a place for me to: 1) practice writing;  2) record my thoughts related to hurdles and solutions I will inevitably face throughout this journey; and  3) seek feedback from peers.

I completed my Research Masters at QUT in 2011.  The paper of the key results is here: http://archderm.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1149913&link=xref .   While my Masters was a great learning experience and I had a brilliant team of researchers to guide my learnings, I still feel I have some ways to go before I can honestly say I am an independent researcher.  So, here I go.  No doubt there will be lot of bloggable experiences, especially when I hit academic “puberty”: that time when I am in limbo between being a student and becoming an independent, capable researcher in my own right.

I am a mother of two adorable children.  My first kidlet will start primary school when I am 6 months into my PhD, so I will be sailing unfamiliar territory all ’round.  No doubt, some of my posts will be on family, children and juggling PhD and family life.  Luckily, my parenting partner in crime is a fantastic and supportive man, who genuinely finds my work interesting.

Please contact me via the blog if you wish to – I love meeting other researchers (students or not, junior or not, etc).  I hope you enjoy reading my thoughts.

Disclaimer:  While I am a student at Menzies School of Health Research and Charles Darwin University, all of my blog posts and comments are my own thoughts and do not neccessarily represent my institutions


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