Location Western Sydney University, School of Science and Health

PhD in Public Health (Early Childhood Feeding)

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

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 utilise the existing data on early childhood feeding practices. However, 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. 


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