The University of Newcastle, Australia

Impact of Vocation and Workplace Culture on Tobacco and Alcohol Use

Closing Date: 31 October 2019

PhD Scholarship

The Technical and Further Education (TAFE) setting offers a diverse variety of vocational education courses. However, whether students’ choice of vocation and workplace culture influences tobacco and alcohol use among TAFE students is unknown.

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TAFE is a primary provider of vocational education training in Australia with about 1.8 million student enrolments each year. Many vocational education students are young adults transitioning from high school to the workplace. Students who have an apprenticeship receive on the job training and study at TAFE. Workplace culture, policies and practices have the potential to influence health behaviours such as tobacco and alcohol use. However, the impact of vocation on tobacco and alcohol use has not been explored in a vocational education setting. This PhD will examine smoking rates and weekly alcohol consumption by type of vocation. This program of work will also investigate whether where students work predicts tobacco and/or alcohol use and identify the workplace facilitators and barriers to tobacco and alcohol use. This information is important to inform the design of workplace programs targeting tobacco and alcohol use.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $27,596 per annum (2019 rate) indexed annually. The living allowance scholarship is for 3.5 years and the tuition fee scholarship is for four years. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance and Overseas Student Health Cover at single rate, for an international candidate.

Supervisor: A/Prof Flora Tzelepis

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate must meet the minimum eligibility criteria for admission, have a valid drivers licence; and be able to commence the PhD program between February and March 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 31 October 2019.

Applications Close 31 October 2019

Contact A/Prof Flora Tzelepis
Phone +61 02 4924 6275

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