The University of Newcastle, Australia

Implementing the Provision of Care to Address Chronic Disease Risk Behaviours in Community Mental Health Services

Closing Date: 27 September 2019

PhD Scholarship

This collaborative research project is focused on developing and implementing strategies to support mental health clinicians to provide preventive care as part of their routine practice. A co-design approach will be used to tailor evidence based practice change strategies, in order to develop an intervention package that will support the implementation of a model of preventive care within community mental health services in the Hunter New England Local Health District.


The Physical Health in Mental Illness (PHiMI) Research team, led by Professor Jenny Bowman in the School of Psychology at the University of Newcastle, is seeking expressions of interest for Research Higher Degree candidates. The PHiMI team has primary affiliations with the Public Health program of the Hunter Medical Research Institute (and the Population Health Research Group specifically) and the University’s Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour. Its members include Early Career Researchers who have been awarded NHMRC or ARC Fellowships and others who have application outcomes pending. The PHiMI team has a key focus on developing and evaluating systems-based approaches to addressing chronic disease risk behaviours for people with a mental illness, including smoking, poor nutrition, inadequate physical activity, and harmful alcohol consumption. Addressing the inequitable burden of physical chronic diseases experienced by people with a mental health condition is a major national research and practice priority ( PHiMI research includes understanding the individual, organisational and environmental determinants of health-related behaviours, and increasing the capacity of mental health services to implement evidence based care to address these behavioural risks. The work is highly collaborative, and involves a strong research relationship with local mental health services and other industry partners at local, state and national levels.

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: Dr. Kate Bartlem

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

Please refer to the admission eligibility criteria. Candidate must be ready to commence by 31 January 2020

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement of their research interests and a proposal that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 27 September 2019.

Applications Close 27 September 2019

Contact Kate Bartlem
Phone +61 40 33 9608

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