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Kirkby, KC 2007 , 'Recognising and responding to candidates health needs', in CJ Denholm and T Evans (eds.), Supervising doctorates downunder: keys to effective supervision in Australia and New Zealand , Acer Press, Camberwell, pp. 130-137.

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The close nature of the supervisory relationship over an extended period of three to five years offers ample opportunity to witness any 'slings and arrows of outrageous fortune' affecting the life and health of the candidate, and to assist in mitigating their impact. For many candidates, their doctoral studies are undertaken through a period of youthful good health and positive developments in their social and family life, not to mention the challenge, excitement and camaraderie of their research activities.
Many are less fortunate. A range of physical and mental illnesses are common in the community and offer no exemptions for scholarly high performers. Diseases such as asthma and diabetes, infections such as glandular fever or hepatitis, musculoskeletal injuries, mental disorders such as depression, or severe forms of anxiety and substance abuse are commonly encountered problems. There are many diseases that are less common, but that emerge from time to time, such as psychosis, leukaemia or multiple sclerosis. Adverse life circumstances may also take their toll, ranging from relationship breakups and family discord, to pressures juggling paid employment or financial difficulties.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Kirkby, KC
Publisher: Acer Press
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Text © 2007 Carey Denholm and Terry Evans. Design and typography © 2007 ACER Press

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