Mbathio Dieng wins Peter Bancroft Award

HEALTH ECONOMICS: CTC Research Fellow wins Prestigious University of Sydney Prize

31 May 2018

Congratulations to the CTC's Mbathio Dieng, who has won a prestigious University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine Award for her PhD research into managing stress and fear of cancer recurrence in recovering, early-stage melanoma patients. Dr Dieng received the $4,000 Peter Bancroft Prize at a ceremony held on May 30 and is pictured here with her Supervisor, Associate Professor Rachael Morton, Director of the CTC's Health Economics team.

People with a history of melanoma commonly report a fear of cancer recurrence (FCR), yet psychological support is not routinely offered as part of ongoing melanoma care. Dr Dieng's randomized controlled trial concluded that a newly developed evidence-based psychoeducational intervention was effective in reducing FCR and stress, and increasing melanoma-related knowledge in people at high risk for another melanoma.

Dr Dieng is currently a CTC Research Fellow in the CTC's Health Economics team. She is working on a range of projects for her Post-Doctoral research which include the impact of diagnostic imaging on healthcare costs and quality of life, and the new national Melanoma Clinical Outcomes Registry (MelCOR). 

The CTC's Health Economics Team contributes to health and healthcare by incorporating measures of benefit, harm and cost into clinical studies, and by evaluating the cost-effectiveness of drugs, devices and healthcare programs. The team has an active teaching program in the University of Sydney's undergraduate medical program and postgraduate public health degrees, and supervises higher degree research students from economics and health backgrounds undertaking an MPhil or PhD.


Rachel and MBathio