The University of Newcastle, Australia

Implementing Evidence-Based Smoking Cessation Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Pregnant Women

Closing Date: 15 September 2019


PhD Scholarship

The student will research an aspect of the iSISTAQUIT (implementing Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) project. This targets health services working with Aboriginal pregnant mothers, to improve management of smoking in pregnancy.

Smoking during pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy has a major impact on the health of the unborn baby, and we know from our research that pregnant Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers need better access to evidence-based smoking cessation care. The student will research an agreed aspect of the iSISTAQUIT (implementing Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) project. This project targets health services working with Aboriginal pregnant mothers, to improve management of smoking in pregnancy. This innovative new project will be accompanied by a social media campaign aimed at services, Aboriginal communities and pregnant women. The aim of this scholarship is to build capacity for Indigenous Health research. The study uses a participatory action research model and implementation science. There will be the opportunity for both qualitative and quantitative data collection, and working closely with diverse Aboriginal communities – both through Aboriginal and mainstream services. The project is funded by the Department of Health and, although a national project, is run out of a new centre in Coffs Harbour, led by Associate Professor Gillian Gould. The successful candidate will join a dedicated team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal researchers. The research proposal for the scholarship will be negotiated with the successful candidate, and may address various health concerns for pregnant Aboriginal women, their families and communities, and implementation aspects of the training for the services, and/or the social media campaign. The candidate will be required to relocate to Coffs Harbour for at least the first 2 years of the full-time PhD.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: Funded by the Australian Government Dept of Health iSISTAQUIT project. $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 four years.

Supervisor: A/Prof Gillian Gould

Available to: This scholarship is for a person who identifies as a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The gender requirement is due to the topic being about sensitive women’s business.

PhD

Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship is for a person who identifies as a female Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person. The gender requirement is due to the topic being about sensitive women’s business.

Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

  • A 500-word document on why you are motivated to apply for this PhD scholarship, which topic would be of interest, previous experience or other interest in Indigenous Health research, goals for future career in Indigenous Health, including Indigenous identity. Intention to re-locate to Coffs Harbour area, NSW, if not already resident there.
  • Full CV including previous degrees, grades, research experience, employment, papers published, conference presentations, and any grants obtained
  • Estimated start of PhD November 2019 - February 2020
  • Please send the email expressing interest to Gillian.Gould@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 15 September 2019.

    Applications Close 15 September 2019


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