The Endeavour student Summer Research Program provides an opportunity for students to work with a researcher in a formal research environment.

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  • 16 July 2019

The Endeavour Student Summer Research Program is coordinated by the Office of Research in conjunction with research teams within the College, and provides an opportunity for students and recent alumni graduates to work with a researcher in a formal research environment.

Projects are available for 20 hours a week for six weeks over the summer break (from mid-November to mid-February) and do not contribute credit towards degree requirements.


The Endeavour Student Summer Research Program is open to undergraduate students, who:

• Are currently enrolled at greater than or equal to 50% full time load in an undergraduate degree at the College;
• Have completed the first year of their degree;
• A recent alumni graduate (course completion in the same calendar year as commencement of summer program)
• Are studying for a degree relevant to the research project;
• Have achieved a grade point average of 5.5 or above during their undergraduate degree;
• Have the potential to and interest in undertaking postgraduate study (masters or PhD); and
• Are able to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency.

Important dates

Call for Research mentors: Monday, 24 June 2019.
Call for Research mentors applications close: Monday, 29 July 2019.
Announcement for call for student applications: Friday, 2 August 2019.
Student applications open: Friday, 30 August 2019
Student applications close: Monday, 30 September 2019.
Announcement of application results: Wednesday, 16 October 2019.
Commencement of Program: November-December 2019.

Endeavour Student Summer Research Scholarship

Students who are accepted into the Endeavour Summer Research Program will be eligible to access the Endeavour Student Summer Research Scholarship. The Scholarship provides a weekly stipend, paid by Endeavour College of Natural Health, for students who are competitively appointed into the Program by the Research Management Committee. The stipend is not paid during periods away from the College such as during the Christmas break. This allowance may be paid fortnightly, or as one or more lump sum, as determined by the College. Additionally, student who are appointed into a project that is interstate from their home campus, are edibility to receive the Travel Grant to support travel costs.

For more information, please contact the Office of Research at

2018 Student Summer Research Program Activities

Project Title: Use of patient-reported outcomes measures for case series analysis
Campus: Brisbane
Research Mentor: Dr Amie Steel
Student Researcher: Mr Tristan Carter
Overview: Patient reported outcomes measures can provide various information for clinicians and researchers alike. Information collected at the Wellnation Clinics around Australia will allow us to understand trends, treatment outcomes and changes as reported by patients from complementary medicine disciplines. This information can be very valuable for all students and practitioners in complementary medicine.


Project Title: Systematic review of fenugreek for metabolic syndrome
Campus: Adelaide
Research Mentor: Dr Manisha Thakkar
Student Researcher: Ms Melissa Tahu
Overview: Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is currently gaining attention for its hypoglycemic, antihyperlipidemic and antioxidant properties and as a treatment option for metabolic syndrome. Multiple studies have been conducted on this topic however, no thorough review has been conducted to identify the efficacy of fenugreek in metabolic syndrome. Through our research, we seek to provide an upto date systematic literature review on this topic.


Project Title: Systematic review of the human safety of arbutin-containing herbs
Campus: Sydney
Research Mentor: Mr Ian Breakspear
Student Researcher: Ms Laura Dwyer
Overview: In June 2018 it was revealed that arbutin, and arbutin containing medicines, were listed as S4 substances on the Australian Standard for the Uniform Scheduling of Medicines and Poisons (SUSMP), making Arctostaphylos uva-ursi, Turnera diffusa and Achillea millefolium unavailable for use by herbalists and naturopaths in Australia. This review will examine the human safety of these arbutin-containing medicines (administered orally) through a systematic review of human case reports of adverse reactions, a critical appraisal of in-vivo and in-vitro evidence, and the expert opinion of regulatory agencies internationally.


Project Title: Role of diet, nutrition and exercise in immune health and chronic disease prevention
Campus: Sydney
Research Mentor: Dr Eric Sekyere
Student Researcher: Ms Celeste Ferraris
Overview: Recent evidence suggest that diet, nutrition and exercise may influence both the developing immune system and maintenance of its integrity throughout childhood and in adult life. Data from epidemiological and experimental studies on human subjects, suggests that both in early-life and adult-life nutritional exposures may influence the developing and proper functioning of the immune system, with consequences that may underpin either wellbeing or years of suffering chronic diseases. A systematic literature review will be conducted to review the current evidence on the role of diet, nutrition and exercise on the developing immune system.


Project Title: Systematic review of herbal medicine for health disorders (Diabetes or Cancer)
Campus: Perth
Research Mentor: Dr Punitha Isaac Samraj
Student Researcher: Ms Sarah Jeffrey
Overview: There has been scholarly research conducted on complementary medicine including herbal medicine on its role in chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus and cancer, however there has been limited work that has highlighted the efficacy and safety of herbal medicine in these conditions. We will be conducting a systematic literature review that will critically assess the efficacy of herbal medicine in chronic disease states such as in diabetes mellitus or cancer.


Project Title: Analysis of survey data from patient reported outcomes for publication (GAD-7 anxiety)
Campus: Brisbane
Research Mentor: Dr Janet Schloss
Student Researcher: Ms Emily Pickering
Overview: The patient reported outcome measures such as the GAD-7 is a valuable tool in identifying areas of anxiety that are affecting individuals. By examining the responses from patients who have attended the Wellnation Clinics at Endeavour, we can highlight changes in response from treatments from varying disciplines. This research may help identify specific treatments that may be more effective for managing aspects of anxiety.


Project Title: Systematic review of the health benefits of green exercise
Campus: Melbourne
Research Mentor: Mr Mark Payne
Student Researcher: Ms Quieta Bail
Overview: Current guidelines recommend people undertake a minimum of 150mins of moderate to high intensity exercise each week to achieve and sustain optimum health. For people living in high density urban environments, much of this exercise is undertaken in “grey-space” such as footpaths, gymnasiums and fitness centres. Recent research has shown that undertaking exercise in an environment consisting of natural elements, referred to as green exercise/green physical activity, brings additional physiological and psychological health benefits that cannot be explained by exercise alone. We will be conducting a systematic literature review to investigate the benefits of green exercise on health.


Scholarly Outcomes

Peer-reviewed publications

  1. Reid, R., Steel, A., Wardle, J., Trubody, A., & Adams, J. (2016). Complementary medicine use by the Australian population: a critical mixed studies systematic review of utilisation, perceptions and factors associated with use. BMC complementary and alternative medicine, 16(1), 176.
  2. Payne, M., & Delphinus, E. (2018). A review of the health benefits derived from forest bathing. International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, 9(1), 19-30.

National Conference Presentations

  1. Brown, D.: Systematic literature review on medicinal cannabis for cancer (Poster presentation), 2017 10th International Conference on Herbal Medicine, Brisbane Australia
  2. Schloss, J., Brown, D., & Steel, A.: Medicinal Cannabis and Cancer: A Narrative Systematic Literature Review (Poster presentation), 2017 Clinical Oncology Society of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting, Sydney Australia

International Conference Presentations

  1. Brown, D.: Medicinal Cannabis in Cancer Management (Poster presentation), 2017 4th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Chicago USA

Research Degrees

  1. Reid, R. 2016. Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Health), Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney.
  2. Leech, B. 2017. Doctorate of Philosophy (Public Health), Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine, University of Technology Sydney. Competitively awarded an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship
  3. Brown, D. 2017. Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) (Honours), Endeavour College of Natural Health.
  4. Wilson, L. 2018. Bachelor of Health Science (Naturopathy) (Honours), Endeavour College of Natural Health.

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