Using Health Literacy Approaches to Develop and Apply Interventions to Improve Health Services and Generate Equitable Health Outcomes - PhD Scholarship

A PhD scholarship is available in Deakin University's Population Health Strategic Research Centre, School of Health and Social development. The PhD student, based at the Burwood campus and under the guidance of the Chief Investigator, will initiate and conduct research on the topic of ‘Using health literacy approaches to develop and apply interventions to improve health services and generate equitable health outcomes’ led by Prof Richard Osborne with Professor Gerry Elsworth and Dr Alison Beauchamp.

Research topic

Open to several fields: Evaluation, Psychometrics, Epidemiology, Health Services Research and Public Health and Health Promotion more broadly.


The PhD research project is linked to a large national and international research initiative with the following vision: 

To use the full potential of health literacy (HL) approaches to reduce health inequalities and disease burden. The aims of this initiative include, but are not limited to the: 

  1. Design and application of HL interventions for the improvement of health outcomes. 
  2. Development of new, and refine current, approaches to the assessment and monitoring of HL in the community and hospital sectors in Australia and internationally. 
  3. Development and testing of new methods for generating HL interventions within health services such that they become fully implemented (i.e., locally owned, fit for purpose, embedded, cost effective) and fully integrated into service structures and policy. 
  4. Development, testing and implementation of interventions that recognise the HL needs of vulnerable members of society to improve health equity and health outcomes.

Value and duration


$26,288 per annum


3 years


Applicants must meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements, be enrolling full-time and hold an Honours degree (First Class) or a Master's degree with a substantial research component in a related field. Please refer to the become a research student page for further information.

Applications are open to Australian/New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents.

How to apply

Please refer to the how to apply for a research degree page for application information.

Further information

If you wish to discuss your research interests and project proposal before applying, please contact Professor Richard Osborne via email or phone +61 3 9244 6999.