Applications for this PhD have now closed.
Location University of Melbourne, School of Population Health
App. deadline 30/09/2017
  • Scholarship available
Project ID CRE-DH PhDs
Eligibility Australian residents only

Centre of Research Excellence in Disability & Health PhD Oppportunities

The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne invites applications from three PhD scholars to work as part of a major new research initiative - Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health (CRE-DH) - funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

About the CRE-DH

The first research centre of its kind internationally, the CRE will generate the evidence required for policy reform to improve the health of Australians with disabilities. The CRE-DH involves leading researchers from across Australia and internationally with expertise in epidemiology, health economics, health and social policy, psychology, psychiatry, public administration and public health and the CRE will develop future research leaders in disability and health.

The CRE-DH has four work programs:

1. Mapping inequities in social, economic and health outcomes between people with and without disabilities
2. Identification of the social determinants of health of people with disabilities
3. Health economic modelling of health and social polices
4. Policy research to identify the key emerging issues in health and social policy related to people with disabilities

PhD Scholarships-Social Epidemiology

Two scholarships are available to conduct research on the social determinants of the health of people with disability. You will use cross-sectional and longitudinal datasets to assess the importance of housing, employment, education, and discrimination on the health of people with disability. The research will inform policy changes to reduce disadvantage and improve the health of people with disability. The project would suit candidates with a background in quantitative social sciences, epidemiology or statistics.

PhD Scholarship-Disability Policy
Your research will primarily be part of the Policy Work Program (4). You will develop and conduct a project with the Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) which is responsible for the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the North-Eastern region of Melbourne through a Local Area Coordination Unit. The University of Melbourne and the BSL have an MOU and there are a number of senior staff who have joint appointments. The project will focus on the intersections between the NDIS and the mainstream service sector. You will be supervised by Chief Investigators on the CRE-DH and academics at the BSL. The project would suit someone with a strong research background in social and political sciences or related disciplines.

Application details

Scholarship applicants must be eligible for acceptance by the University of Melbourne into a PhD programme. The PhD eligibility process must have commenced at the time of submitting the scholarship application. The scholarships will be offered to successful applicants, conditional upon acceptance into a PhD programme.

Applicants must have an Honours 1, Honours 1 equivalence, or have completed a degree in a relevant discipline and have an outstanding record of professional or research achievements since graduation.

How to apply

Please send your CV, a copy of your academic record and a 1-2 page outline of your research skills, experience and understanding of disability-related issues, and a summary of your goals for a PhD. If you are not a current student at the University of Melbourne and would like information about how to apply to become a PhD candidate at the University, please visit the Future Students website.

Further enquiries

If you have any questions about the PhD Program or the application process, please contact Professor Anne Kavanagh Email: or +61 3 8344 0717

Closing date: 30 September 2017

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