The University of Newcastle, Australia

PhD Scholarship Opportunities in Health Behaviour Research

Closing Date: 15 July 2018


PhD Scholarship

Scholarships are available for candidates to work within the following programs: - Area 1: Improving the quality of cancer care - Area 2: Testing strategies to address challenges faced by people with dementia and their carers - Area 3: Using e-health to improve health outcomes of older adults

The Health Behaviour Research Collaborative is centrally located at the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). The Collaborative conducts research across a variety of health areas including disease prevention; screening; chronic disease; psychosocial care; and end-of-life care. The Collaborative have a strong interest in developing robust outcome measures; describing the prevalence and determinants of health problems; and testing strategies to improve quality of care and health outcomes. The Collaborative tackles complex problems which often involve multi-level interventions that target individuals, carers, clinicians, and organisations (systems) to improve health care outcomes. Our research is multidisciplinary and often involves partnerships with industry and consumers. We have a strong focus on capacity building, including training of PhD students and mentorship of early and mid-career researchers. Key researchers in the collaborative include: L/Prof Rob Sanson-Fisher (Director), Dr. Jamie Bryant, Dr. Allison Boyes, A/Prof Mariko Carey, Dr. Andrea Coda; Dr. Megan Freund, Dr. Elise Mansfield, Dr. Lisa Mackenzie, Ms Bree Hobden, Ms Anne Hermann, Ms Kristy Forshaw, and Dr. Amy Waller.

Candidates are encouraged to complete their PhD thesis by publication, ensuring wider dissemination of research findings. PhD students will be expected to contribute to the development and day-to-day management of the study or studies that relate to their PhD via membership of the study working group. Previous applicants need not apply.

PhD Scholarship details

$27,082 per annum (2018 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: Each student must have at least two supervisors, with the primary supervisor based at the University of Newcastle. Selection of other academic or clinical supervisors will depend on the successful candidate’s background and experience

Available to: Domestic and International students

PhD

Eligibility Criteria

The positions would suit applicants with training in behavioural science, medicine (including oncology and geriatric medicine), health behaviour, social science, public health, epidemiology, psychology, nursing or other allied health professions. Applicants that do not meet these criteria will not be considered.

Students are also expected to have a basic understanding of quantitative statistical methods or be willing to work toward this through completion of coursework (e.g. Biostatistics A and B) or self-directed learning during their candidature. Students are expected to enrol on a full-time basis. The University requires that full-time scholarship holders do not undertake paid employment of more than eight hours per week, Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm. Scholarship holders may undertake additional paid employment outside of these hours.

Start dates for each of the scholarships will be by negotiation, however candidates must commence their candidature by March 2019 for Area 1 (oncology), September 2018 for Area 2 (dementia) and November 2018 for Area 3 (e-health).

Applicants must also meet the minimum admission eligibility criteria.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest, including scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV (including GPA and any publications), a brief statement regarding your preferred area of research (i.e. either oncology, dementia, or e-health), and any other documents to support your Expression of Interest, to Briony.Johnston@newcastle.edu.au by 15 July 2018 at 5pm.

Applications Close 15 July 2018


Contact Ms Briony Johnston
Phone +61 2 4042 0410
Email Briony.Johnston@newcastle.edu.au

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