The University of Newcastle, Australia

CANCER: Prevention, Care, Survivorship and Practice

Closing Date: 12 August 2019

PhD Scholarship

Your PhD will focus on an area of cancer prevention, care, survivorship or practice relating to the health and wellbeing of people affected by cancer. You will work with field-leading researchers and clinicians to conduct research, which has the potential to deliver improved outcomes and experiences.

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The Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA) brings together leading cancer researchers and clinicians from the University of Newcastle, the Hunter Medical Research Institute, the Hunter New England Local Health District and the Calvary Mater Hospital Newcastle. HCRA provides capacity building, funding and strategic support to over 400 members. Cancer research in the Hunter spans the full translational spectrum from basic laboratory science to clinical trials and behavioural, implementation and health services research.

HCRA supports three flagship programs:

1. Biomarkers and Targeted & Therapy (BTT)

2. Radiation Oncology, Cancer Imaging & Technology (ROCIT).

3. Implementation Science & Impact (ISI) HCRA is offering one (1) PhD Scholarship under the Implementation Science and Impact (ISI) Flagship Program.

The Implementation Science and Impact Flagship PhD

You will work towards increasing knowledge and practice change relating to: cancer prevention, cancer care, social and emotional wellbeing of cancer patients; or the behaviour of health care providers.
You will engage with clinicians, scientists, health research economists, statisticians, and policy makers.

The ISI flagship priority areas for research are:

* Primary & Secondary Prevention of Cancer (Smoking cessation in priority populations, cessation trials, other preventive behaviours, improving primary and secondary prevention of colorectal cancer)

* Improving Service Delivery (Improving diagnostic pathways & per-operative care in gastrointestinal cancers; understanding & improving multi-disciplinary team processes, improving referral processes and outcomes for lung cancer, technologies to improve evidence-based & integrated care in regional/remote/rural populations, Integration of patient reported outcomes, improving mental health outcomes in rural & remote populations)

* Survivorship (implementation of behavioural care for people affected by cancer [smoking, nutrition, physical activity, mental health, alcohol, fatigue, insomnia, weight-loss, fertility, sexuality], rural/remote communities, smoking cessation for cancer patients, distress screening, telephone counselling, managing physical & mental effects of cancer care, end of life issues, decision making).

* Methods in relation to the above priority areas (Implementation methods, increasing the speed of translation, health technology assessments, access to clinical trials)

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. For a PhD candidate, the living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years.

Supervisor: Please see Application Procedure. Once you express your interest, HCRA will send you research profiles of potential supervisors.

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

The applicant will need to meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission.

Application Procedure

How do I apply?
1. If you are interested in working on a PhD project in one of these priority areas, please send an email introducing yourself to
2. HCRA will send you research profiles of potential supervisors. You will be invited to read over these profiles and contact any supervisors whose area of research interests you.
3. The supervisor(s) that you have contacted will meet you and assess your suitability to work as part of their team. They may then offer to work with you to prepare a HCRA PhD Application. (NB. Each supervisor has complete discretion when deciding on potential PhD students).
4. Students will work with Supervisor(s) to prepare HCRA PhD Scholarship application form (template provided by HCRA office to supervisor).

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 12 August 2019.

Applications Close 12 August 2019

Contact Melissa McEnallay
Phone +61 2 4042 0857

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