The University of Newcastle, Australia

Understanding and Addressing the use of Tobacco and Smoking Cessation Services by People from Multicultural Communities in NSW

Closing Date: 01 December 2020Apply Now

PhD Opportunity

We are seeking expressions of interest from highly motivated candidates interested in pursuing a PhD program focussing on the use of tobacco and engagement with telephone quitline in NSW.

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Applications are invited from graduates from a range of disciplines to undertake a PhD focussed on understanding and addressing the use of tobacco and smoking cessation services by people from multicultural communities in NSW. This program involves quantitative and qualitative research methodology and the development and testing of various approaches to increase engagement with state-based telephone quitline services by people from multicultural communities in NSW. Multicultural communities experience tobacco-related health disparities across the cancer continuum. The prevalence of tobacco use is higher in some multicultural communities than that of the general population in NSW.

The NSW Quitline service offers quit support telephone counselling in-language for Arabic, Chinese, and Vietnamese speakers. Reducing tobacco smoking rates amongst high-risk populations is a state and national priority. This PhD Program represents an opportunity to conduct translational research that has the potential to change policy and practice in NSW.

The focus of the PhD program is to:

  • Conduct formative research into the barriers and facilitators to accessing NSW Multicultural Quitline, and other quit supports
  • Develop and pilot a communications campaign to increase the utilisation of NSW Multicultural Quitline

A PhD opportunity is available to an individual with a passion for multicultural health, behaviour change, health disparities, and co-design. The Candidate will work closely with Professor Billie Bonevski. The research is highly collaborative and candidates will be co-supervised by other research academics based at University of Newcastle. The Candidate will also have the opportunity to work in a supportive team alongside other Candidates.

A key component of this PhD program is the application of co-design principles to develop effective approaches with community partners. You will also forge strong relationships with key community, government, and academic partners over the course of the program. Candidates from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

PhD Opportunity details


This PhD opportunity does not guarantee a scholarship. To also be considered for a scholarship please apply to the relevant scholarship round.

Supervisor: Billie Bonevski

Available to: Domestic students


Eligibility Criteria

  • Have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor with Honours Class 1 or Honours Class II, Division 1 or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training); or
  • Have satisfied all of the requirements for admission to the degree of Bachelor in the University or any other degree approved for this purpose by the Assistant Dean (Research Training), and have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard recognised by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) as equivalent to at least Honours Class II, Division 1; or
  • In exceptional cases submit evidence of possessing such other academic or professional qualifications and/or experience as may be approved by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the relevant School;
  • In the disciplines of education, medical physics, nursing, social work, social sciences and surgery have completed a minimum standard of professional experience as required by the Assistant Dean (Research Training) on the recommendation of the School
  • An Australian honours degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division.
  • In addition, the English language proficiency requirements as described in the English Language Policy.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send an email expressing their interest along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts, CV, a brief statement (half page) of their research interests and a brief proposal (half page) that specifically links them to the research project.

Please send the email expressing interest to by 5pm on 01 December 2020.

Applications Close 01 December 2020 Apply Now

Contact Andrea Windley
Phone +61 44 816 1768

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