Location Western Sydney University, School of Science and Health

PhD in Public Health


The Western Sydney University is a major urban university spread over six campuses in Greater Western Sydney, a region of great opportunity, diversity, challenge and growth.  The University has a strong connection to Greater Western Sydney, working with its communities and businesses to contribute to the region's growth.  The University is culturally diverse, with 2,500 staff and 40,000 students drawn from Australia and around the world.  The University strategic plan, Securing Success: 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, articulates the University's values and commitments of being:

1.     A Distinctively Student-Centred University; 

2.     A Research-Led University with Regional, National and Global Impact; 

3.     A Unique Learning Experience that is Innovative, Flexible and Responsive; 

4.     An Expanding International Reach and Reputation; 

5.     A Leading Advocate and Champion for the Greater Western Sydney Region and its People;

6.     A Dynamic and Innovative Culture that Secures Success.

Western Sydney University offers a diverse range of postgraduate programs internally and externally and provides professional training to both Australian and international students.

Research Area

International recommendations including the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend infants should be exclusively breastfed for six months and continued further breastfeeding up to 12 months and beyond.  Further, these guidelines recommend that parents should introduce solid foods from age 6 months. These guidelines and recommendations are based on overwhelming evidence highlighting the short-term and the long-term benefits of breastfeeding for both the infant and the mother.  However, in a number of developing countries these guidelines are not met due to a number of socio-economic, biomedical and health service level reasons.


The potential candidate will be have the opportunity to use existing datasets from several countries to develop novel questions. The major focus of this PhD will be on early childhood feeding and its impact on malnutrition, diarrhoea, and chronic diseases. The scope of the project is open and will be determined in consultation with the supervisory panel. 

The Person

Applicants will have a First Class Honours degree or equivalent and should be eligible for a Research Training Program (RTP) grant or equivalent.  Basic expertise and experience is required in one or more of the following areas: nursing, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, paediatrics, medicine, health sciences.  Previous experience in the epidemiology/public health/biostatics would provide candidates with a distinct advantage. Candidates with an interest on maternal and child health will be considered in particular.

Applicants must fulfil the PhD admission criteria for Western Sydney University, including English language requirements, and demonstrate excellent capacity and potential for research. 

Strong academic performance demonstrated through publication output in peer reviewed international journals is highly desirable. 


Appointment to the position is contingent upon receipt of an RTP scholarship through one of Western Sydney University's scholarship rounds or an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship through the national rounds.

Prospective students will be provided with assistance to apply for either an RTP or an NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship.  The current scholarship rate for the RTP is AUD$26,682.00 per annum (2017 rate, indexed annually) tax-free for three years.

For further information on RTP scholarships please refer to the national website.


Further information regarding the project can be obtained by contacting Dr Amit Arora (a.arora@westernsydney.edu.au).

All applicants must supply the following documents: Cover letter, Academic Records (indicating GPA scores/grades, and grading scale details) and a Resume/CV. 

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Further Information / Application Enquiries

Dr Amit Arora
+61 2 4620 3475