The University of Newcastle, Australia

Preventing the Development and Reducing Impact of Mental Ill-health in Carers Providing Support for Someone who has Attempted Suicide

Closing Date: 03 April 2020

PhD Scholarship

Interested in prevention and translational research? Everymind is seeking a passionate, enthusiastic student to join our team focussed on preventing mental ill-health in carers who provide support for someone who has attempted suicide.

Hands Mental Health

The Prevention Hub, co-led by Everymind and the Black Dog Institute, conducts research and develops programs around support for mental health; prevention of mental ill-health and suicide; knowledge translation; and capability development. The successful PhD scholarship candidate will specifically contribute to the development and evaluation of a new online program and tailored resources for carers providing support for a family member, partner or friend who has attempted suicide. The Prevention Hub has a strong interest in developing robust outcome measures, translating knowledge into practice, and testing strategies to improve mental health outcomes and prevent mental ill-heath and suicide. These research projects will be conducted at Everymind, a leading Institute in Newcastle dedicated to the prevention of mental ill-health and suicide. Our research work is multidisciplinary and often involves partnerships with industry, the mental health sector, policy makers and consumers.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $28,092 per annum (2020 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. Note: Scholars must not undertake paid employment of more than eight hours per week within the hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. They must also be enrolled as a full-time and on-campus PhD candidate, requiring that you regularly attend campus to complete your program.

Supervisor: Dr Sally Fitzpatrick

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

In addition to meeting the minimum eligibility requirements for admission, applicants should have a background in behavioural science, health behaviour, social science, public health, epidemiology, psychology or other allied health area. Applicants are also expected to have a basic understanding of quantitative statistical methods and a willingness to expand their current capabilities as the project demands.

Application Procedure

To express interest, please send an email to Dr Sally Fitzpatrick with the items listed below:

  1. A brief (1-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, experience and why you would be a good candidate for this research projectt
  2. A copy of your CV, including any publications

Selection is a competitive process and an interview may be required for a final decision.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 03 April 2020.

Applications Close 03 April 2020

Contact Dr Sally Fitzpatrick
Phone +61 2 4924 6900

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