The University of Newcastle, Australia

Indigenous PhD Scholarship: SISTAQUIT

Closing Date: 28 February 2020


PhD Scholarship

This is a high value scholarship with additional research grant to be awarded only to an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman. The student will research an aspect of the iSISTAQUIT (implementing Supporting Indigenous Smokers To Assist Quitting) project. The project will improve health service 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. The project includes the development of a social media campaign, which is one possible topic for the PhD. 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.

Estimated start of PhD May 2020.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: Funded by the Australian Government Dept of Health iSISTAQUIT project. $40,000 per annum tax free for three years, plus an additional $3,000 per annum for travel and professional development, and $10,000 per annum for research operational costs. The student will also be supported by the SISTAQUIT research team in applications for top-up scholarships.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Gillian Gould

Available to: This scholarship is for a person who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman. 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 an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander woman. The gender requirement is due to the topic being about sensitive women’s business. Please also refer to the admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Expressions of interest must be received by the deadline, however they will be assessed as they come in. Emails expressing interest must contain the following:

  • 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.

Please send the email expressing interest to Tara.Flemington@newcastle.edu.au by 5pm on 28 February 2020.

Applications Close 28 February 2020


Contact Dr Tara Flemington
Phone 0412 809 620
Email Tara.Flemington@newcastle.edu.au

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