Evaluating a Systems Approach to Integrated Workplace Health and Wellbeing

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PhD Scholarship

The PhD program of research is a unique collaboration between the National Centre Of Implementation Science (NCOIS), a NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence, and Wellbeing SA (Government of South Australia). The proposed studies will focus on contributing to the evaluation of South Australia’s Healthy Workplace Strategy.



Wellbeing SA was established in 2020 as a new government agency to deliver a renewed focus and action on prevention to support improved physical, mental and social wellbeing for all South Australians. Using a population health approach, one of Wellbeing SA’s priority focus areas is the prevention of chronic disease through a range of settings, including workplaces. The World Health Organisation (WHO) considers workplaces as one of the best buy options for the prevention and control of chronic disease. South Australia is leading an integrated systems approach, together with the Collaborative Partnership for Workplace Health and Wellbeing in South Australia. This cross sectoral approach presents an exciting opportunity to measure system and workplace level change towards protecting and promoting worker health and wellbeing. The research outcomes will feed directly into policy decisions for the South Australian government.


Under the guidance of the supervisory team comprised of leaders in implementation science, chronic disease prevention and evidence synthesis together with industry supervision from Wellbeing SA, the PhD candidate will contribute to the development of evaluation designs, undertake implementation and data analyses, and lead research manuscripts commensurate with the requirements of a thesis by publication.


We encourage applicants with a relevant undergraduate or postgraduate degree with an interest in population health to apply. Relevant degrees may include but are not restricted to; psychology, teaching, dietetics, nursing, health sciences, physiotherapy, sports science, medicine, allied health, public health or economics. Whilst graduates who have completed an Honours project is advantageous it is not essential. Students in their final year of study are eligible to apply.


It is preferred that the student is based in Adelaide, South Australia and work closely with the Wellbeing SA Healthy Workplaces Team. However, interstate applications may be considered. Students will have the opportunity to spend time at Hunter New England Population Health in Wallsend, NSW which is the location of the NCOIS and partner in multiple research programs and flagship initiatives. Additionally, the student will be expected to work closely with the policy leads in Wellbeing SA, which may involve spending time in Adelaide, South Australia.


The student will be a member of a multi-disciplinary team at the NCOIS where there will be opportunity to work alongside and engage with leading health economists, statisticians and public health researchers. The student will have access to training and development opportunities provided through the research environment of the NCOIS, the University of Newcastle and Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). The position will also be supported by the research environment of the University of Newcastle and the appointed students will be encouraged to join in staff development, meetings and other opportunities. The student will also be eligible for membership of the University of Newcastle’s Priority Research Centre for Health Behaviour and have access to funding to support travel, statistical analyses and open access publication.

If the applicant is based in Adelaide, they will be embedded within the Health Promotion Branch at Wellbeing SA and have the opportunity to work alongside and engage with leading public health experts, epidemiologists and health promotion practitioners.

PhD Scholarship details

Funding: $28,597 per annum (2021 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. Scholarships also include up to $1,500 relocation allowance

Supervisor: Luke Wolfenden

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

The position is for one PhD student commencing December 1st 2021. Please refer to the admission eligibility criteria for minimum academic requirements. In addition the successful applicant must be able to meet the following criteria:

  • a strong academic/research track record with; an undergraduate grade point average equal to or greater than 5.25; OR a first or 2A class honours degree (or equivalent); OR a Masters degree with 25% research training minimum;
  • excellent organisational, time management, written and verbal communication skills;
  • demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team environment;
  • demonstrated ability to write reports or peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should e-mail a one page letter outlining how they meet the above eligibility criteria, a brief (2 page) CV and copies of academic transcripts to the NCOIS Research Centre Manager, Dr Meghan Finch at meghan.finch@health.nsw.gov.au

Following this, applicants may be invited to discuss their application further at interview.

Please send the email expressing interest to Meghan.Finch@health.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on 04 October 2021.

Applications Close 04 October 2021 Apply Now

Contact Meghan Finch
Phone +61 2 4924 6499
Email Meghan.Finch@health.nsw.gov.au

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