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Help us address the 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.

Find out more about becoming a research student at Deakin and available scholarships.

Keep reading for current opportunities.

 

PhD opportunities

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

School of Nursing and Midwifery HDR Coordinator, Associate Professor Pat Nicholson
Phone: +61 3 924 46114
Email: p.nicholson@deakin.edu.au

School of Health and Social Development HDR Coordinator, Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin
Phone: +61 3 522 78462
Email: genevieve.pepin@deakin.edu.au

School of Health and Social Development Deputy HDR Coordinator, Dr Kim Robinson
Phone: +61 3 522 78205
Email: kim.robinson@deakin.edu.au  

  • HDR project proposals

    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: melanie.nichols@deakin.edu.au

    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: cathy.mihalopoulos@deakin.edu.au

    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

    Project title: Ageism, loneliness, and sense of purpose: Investigating intergenerational knowledge sharing

    Supervisors: Sharon Brennan-OlsenDr Shane Kavanagh and Jesse Zanker

    Timeframe for commencement: Anytime from August 2020

    Epidemiology

    Project title: Longitudinal Study of Teenagers with Endometriosis, Period and Pelvic Pain (LongSTEPPP)

    Supervisors: Professor Catherine BennettDr Shane Kavanagh

    Timeframe for commencement: Anytime from July 2020

    Primary contact: Professor Catherine Bennett

    Commercial and political determinants of health

    Project title: The impact of gambling sponsorship on sport

    SupervisorsProfessor Samantha Thomas and Dr Hannah Pitt (Deakin University), and Professors Bev John and Gareth Roderique-Davies (University of South Wales)

    Timeframe for commencement: Anytime from July 2020

    Primary contact: Professor Samantha Thomas

    Project title: The marketing of gambling products to women

    SupervisorsProfessor Samantha Thomas and Dr Hannah Pitt (Deakin University), and Professors Bev John and Gareth Roderique-Davies (University of South Wales)

    Timeframe for commencement: Anytime from July 2020

    Primary contact: Professor Samantha Thomas

    Project title: Young people’s recall and receptivity of e-cigarette marketing

    Supervisors: Professor Samantha Thomas and Dr Hannah Pitt

    Timeframe for commencement: Anytime from July 2020.

    Primary contact: Professor Samantha Thomas

    Climate change

    Project title: Youth engagement in climate change advocacy and activism

    Supervisors: Professor Samantha Thomas and Dr Hannah Pitt

    Timeframe for commencement: Anytime from July 2020.

    Primary contact: Professor Samantha Thomas

    Project title: Climate change, mental health and young people

    SupervisorsDr Rebecca PatrickDr Claire Henderson-Wilson and Professor Tony LaMontagne

    Timeframe for commencement: From October 2020

    Primary contact: Dr Rebecca Patrick

    Physical literacy

    Project title: Measuring physical literacy in children

    SupervisorAssociate Professor Lisa Barnett

    Timeframe for commencement: July 2020 onward

    Primary Contact: Associate Professor Lisa Barnett

    Mental health

    Project title: The lived experience of carers of people with a mental illness: co-designed strategies

    Supervisor: Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin, partnering with Deakin’s School of Psychology 

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin

    Project title: Implementing and evaluating an innovative support group for siblings of people with a mental illness

    Supervisor: Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin

    Project title: Student mental health and wellbeing

    Supervisor: Professor Tony LaMontagne

    Timeframe for commencement: Available now

    Primary contact: Professor Tony LaMontagne

    Project title: Suicide prevention in male-dominated work settings

    Supervisor: Professor Tony LaMontagne

    Timeframe for commencement: From end of 2020 (grant awarded, but agreements still being set up as of August 2020). A three-year full-time scholarship is available.

    Primary contact: Professor Tony LaMontagne

    Project title: Environmental workplace mental health promotion

    SupervisorsDr Rebecca PatrickDr Claire Henderson-Wilson and Professor Tony LaMontagne

    Commencement: From October 2020

    Primary contact: Dr Rebecca Patrick

    COVID-19

    Project title: The impact of major disruption on occupational roles of health care professionals

    Supervisors: Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin and Dr Danielle Hitch

    Commencement timeframe: 2021

    Primary contact: Associate Professor Genevieve Pepin 

    Project title: The changing nature of public health messaging during COVID-19

    Supervisors: Professor Samantha Thomas (Deakin University) Associate Professor Matthew Hopcraft (University of Melbourne)

    Commencement timeframe: From July 2020 onwards

    Primary contact: Professor Samantha Thomas

    Project title: Engagement of low income women and with welfare and charity

    Supervisors: Dr Fiona McKay and Dr Hayley McKenzie

    Timeframe for commencement: Available now

    Primary contactDr Fiona McKay

    Project title: Faith communities, social support and COVID-19

    Supervisor: Professor Beth Crisp

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Professor Beth Crisp

    Project title: Loss, grief, and meaning-making during a global health crisis

    Supervisor: Dr James Lucas

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Dr James Lucas

    Nature and sustainability

    Project title: Switched on Nature – developing a typology of experience in nature with EEG responses

    Supervisors: Dr Justin Lawson and Dr Rebecca Patrick

    Number of students the project can accommodate: 1-2

    Timeframe for commencement: July 2020 onwards.

    Primary contact: Dr Justin Lawson

    Disability

    Project title: Inclusion and belonging for people with disability from refugee or asylum seeker background

    SupervisorsAssociate Professor Angela Dew and Dr Jo Watson

    Timeframe for commencement: End of 2020, beginning of 2021

    Primary contactAssociate Professor Angela Dew

    Social determinants

    Project title: How do people on low incomes make choices about their health?

    Supervisors: Dr Matthew Dunn and Dr Fiona McKay

    Timeframe for commencement: Available now

    Primary contact: Dr Matthew Dunn

    Social work

    Project title: Social Workers working from home

    Supervisors: Professor Beth Crisp and Dr Sarah Epstein

    Timeframe for commencement:  Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Professor Beth Crisp

    Project title: Social Work education fit for practice for 2030 and beyond

    Supervisors: Professor Beth CrispDr Rojan AfrouzDr Angela DaddowDr Sarah EpsteinDr John FoxAssociate Professor Sophie GoldingayDr Norah HoskenDr James LucasDr Kim RobinsonDr Sevi Vassos

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Professor Beth Crisp

    Project title: Religion and belief literacy for social work practice

    Supervisor: Professor Beth Crisp

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Professor Beth Crisp

    Asylum seekers and refugees

    Project title: Working with asylum seekers and refugees – community development and engagement strategies

    Supervisors: Dr Kim Robinson and Dr Rojan Afrouz

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning 2021

    Primary contact: Dr Kim Robinson

    Project title: Working with asylum seekers and refugees – community engagement strategies in regional Australia

    Supervisor: Dr Kim Robinson

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning 2021

    Primary contact: Dr Kim Robinson

    Family violence

    Project title: Family violence and working with asylum seekers and refugees/or CALD communities

    Supervisors: Dr Kim Robinson and Dr Rojan Afrouz

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Dr Kim Robinson

    Project title: Family violence help-seeking in the time of COVID-19 

    Supervisors: Dr Rojan Afrouz and Professor Beth Crisp

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Professor Beth Crisp

    Young people

    Project title: Therapeutic life story work: supporting young people in out-of-home care

    Supervisors: Dr James Lucas and Dr Judi Parson

    Partner organisation: MacKillop Family Services

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Dr James Lucas

    Project title: Seasons for Growth: supporting young people with change, loss, and, grief

    Supervisor: Dr James Lucas

    Partner organisation: MacKillop Family Services

    Timeframe for commencement: Beginning of 2021

    Primary contact: Dr James Lucas

Post-doc opportunities

Our early to mid-career researchers play a vital role in our research and we provide a supportive environment in which to build their careers and attract funding. Some of these opportunities include:

If you’d like to talk to us about post doc opportunities within the Institute, please contact us at health-transformation@deakin.edu.au or phone 03 9244 5791. We’d love to hear from you.