Deakin University, Australia Institute for Health Transformation PhD Scholarship Opportunities

Deakin University, Australia Institute for Health Transformation PhD Scholarship Opportunities: 21st century’s most compelling and complex health challenges by undertaking a PhD or postdoctoral research through the Institute.

With the support of our world renowned researchers and access to our partners across the health sector, you’ll make your mark with research that transforms the design and delivery of prevention and care.

Check out these scholarship opportunities at the Institute for Health Transformation at Deakin University, Australia

Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research

For more information about HDR opportunities with the Centre for Patient and Quality Safety Research (QPS), click here.

Scholarship opportunities in QPS – Applications now open for commencement in 2022

 A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic Communicating about pain assessment, management and evaluation decisions with older people in aged care facilities. 

The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Professor Elizabeth Manias and Professor Alison Hutchinson at the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research in the Institute for Health Transformation. Click here for more information

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic Communicating about antimicrobial prescribing, administration and evaluation between aged care providers, residents and families in aged care facilities. 

The successful applicant will be jointly supervised by Professor Elizabeth Manias and Professor Alison Hutchinson at the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research in the Institute for Health Transformation. Click here for more information

Public health obesity prevention

An exciting opportunity exists to undertake a PhD within a NHMRC-funded ‘Ideas’ project. The candidate will work within the Institute for Health Transformation’s Global Obesity Centre (GLOBE), a WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention.

The project aims to synthesise more than two decades of knowledge and evaluation in large-scale programs to prevent childhood obesity.

It will uniquely combine up to 20 community-based obesity prevention interventions from around the world to identify what combinations of factors drive the largest reductions in standardised body mass index, and understand the full breadth of intervention impacts (social, health and economic).

The findings from this project will allow us to develop guidance to support effective, equitable and efficient community-based obesity prevention, optimised to the unique characteristics of diverse communities.

The ideal applicant for this project would have a background in public health and epidemiology, with strengths in quantitative analysis. Find out more about the project here or contact Dr Melanie Nichols: [email protected]

Health economics

Focusing on the measurement of health-related quality of life for use in economic evaluation within the context of Aboriginal youth mental health.

The successful candidate will ideally have a Masters of Health Economics or Public Health (with a specialisation in health economics) or strong skills in psychometric measurement.

If interested, please send your expression of interest including a CV and the latest transcript of your academic results to Professor Cathy Mihalopoulos: [email protected]

Sustainable healthcare

Project title:  Improving environmental sustainability in healthcare: evaluating costs, benefits and performance.

Nationally, Australia’s health system contributes between 4.2% to 7% of national greenhouse gas emissions.  The Victorian Government has made improving the environmental sustainability of healthcare a priority, with net zero emission targets in place for 2050.

This PhD will develop practical measurement and evaluation tools to support healthcare sustainability improvement activities, with a particular focus on valuing the economic costs, benefits and co-benefits of healthcare environmental impacts and interventions.

Focus areas will include i) practical methods for incorporating environmental impacts in the economic evaluation of healthcare interventions and programs and ii) measurement tools for environmental sustainability performance, audit and improvement in healthcare services and policies.

Based in the Health System Financing and Sustainability stream within Deakin Health Economics, the candidate will work closely with other Institute for Health Transformation members and partners, especially the Health, Nature and Sustainability Research Group and Barwon Health, Victoria’s largest regional healthcare provider.

Supervisors:  A/Prof Martin Hensher (Deakin Health Economics), Dr Rebecca Patrick (Deakin Health, Nature, Sustainability Research Group), Professor Peter Vuillermin (Barwon Health), Dr Mike Forrester (Barwon Health).

Essential requirements:  Honours or Masters Degree in a relevant discipline with a strong quantitative component; experience of quantitative research or analysis and data management; strong communications and stakeholder management skills and experience.

Desirable:  Training and/or work experience in health economics, economics, public health or environmental sciences; experience of working in healthcare settings, either as a health professional or in a support/administrative role.

Scholarship available.

Contact: Dr Rebecca Patrick

Social inclusion

PhD opportunities – Deakin University, Australia Institute for Health Transformation

For general enquiries about studying as a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student with the Institute for Health Transformation please contact: 

Deakin University School of Nursing and Midwifery HDR Coordinator Associate Professor Pat Nicholson
Phone: +61 3 924 46114
Email: [email protected]

Deakin University School of Health and Social Development HDR Coordinator Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin
Phone: +61 3 522 78462
Email: [email protected]

or Deakin University School of Health and Social Development Deputy HDR Coordinator
Dr Kim Robinson
Phone: +61 3 522 78205
Email: [email protected] 

Apply Please check the positions at: https://iht.deakin.edu.au/study-with-us/

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