The University of Newcastle, Australia

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

Closing Date: 28 July 2019

PhD Scholarship

This research project addresses the need to facilitate the adoption of evidence-based behaviour change strategies and support for people with mental illness into routine practice. It will involve the use of evidenced-based, clinical practice change strategies to support the implementation of AAR (Assess, Advise, and Refer) 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: Prof Jenny Bowman & Dr. Kate Bartlem

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

Please refer to the admission eligibility criteria. Candidate must be ready to commence between 1 January 2020 and 31 August 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 28 July 2019.

Applications Close 28 July 2019

Contact Jenny Bowman
Phone 02492 15958

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