Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location Western Sydney University, Graduate Research School
App. deadline 28/02/2017
  • Scholarship available
Project ID 2016-058
Eligibility Australian residents only

Healthy Smiles Healthy Kids

An exciting opportunity exists for a highly motivated doctoral candidate to undertake a PhD in Public Health with Western Sydney University focused on early childhood.

About the project
The Healthy Smiles Healthy Kids Project is an NHMRC-funded longitudinal study addressing socio-economic inequality in oral and general health in children. Over 1000 mother-infant dyads in former Sydney South West Area Health Service were recruited to this longitudinal study in 2010 and have been followed for the last 6 years. This project will explore the relationships of early childhood feeding practices, oral health and obesity in preschool children. The scope of the project will be determined in consultation with the supervisory panel. The doctoral candidate under the primary supervision of Dr Amit Arora and will learn relevant skills in longitudinal research. This project will be carried out on the Campbelltown campus of Western Sydney University. However, the candidate will maintain partnerships with other partners including research participants, University of Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, University of New South Wales, University of Adelaide, Curtin University, Sydney Local Health District, and South Western Sydney Local Health District.

What does the scholarship provide?
• A tax-free stipend of $26,682 per annum
• A funded place in the doctoral program
• Funding for research, travel and dissemination costs such as publications and conference presentations

This scholarship is open to domestic applicants only (ie Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents or New Zealand citizens

It is preferred that applicants have:
• A Master of Public Health degree or equivalent qualifications in health science, nursing, nutrition, biostatistics or epidemiology
• Experience in publishing in peer reviewed journals
• Experience in maintaining partnerships with multiple stakeholders
• Experience in working with disadvantaged families
• Experience in quantitative and qualitative research
• Previous experience in child health, infant feeding, population oral health, and obesity will be highly regarded

Next steps?
• Potential applicants should discuss their eligibility and interests with Dr Amit Arora:
• For information about the application process and enrolment in the PhD please contact the Graduate Research School:

How to apply
• Submit a scholarship application form, research proposal and all other relevant supporting documentation to the Graduate Research School (
• Please ensure that all relevant documents are certified according to Western Sydney University requirements. Incomplete applications may not be considered.
• The application form can be downloaded from the Graduate Research School's Project Scholarships Page.

Applications close 28th February 2017

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